Thursday, November 7, 2019

About That House Color - The Shed Beautification Project

So let me start by saying I'm going to disappoint you.

I know, I know.  When I gave you some options for what color to paint the house, the VAST majority voted for black/dark gray, like we found on the original siding.  And I also really, really love the look of a dark house.

Just not on this one.  Why?  Well there are a couple of reasons.

1) Size of House - Because it won't be very deep, this will be a very wide house (almost 60 feet wide!!!).  Creating a big black house, 1/2 a block from the beach would look pretty unusual.  One of my goals with this house it to make it blend in seamlessly with similar homes in the neighborhood.  A black house would be a focal point - but not in a good way!

Here's an illustration of the front and back with dark siding (and a dark roof).  That's a big dark spot on the streetscape!

2) Neighbor input - As you can imagine, several of the neighbors have stopped by to comment on the color options.  Not surprisingly, they chose the lighter, more neutral color - that helps it blend into the neighborhood.  BTW - the samples below are the same on both walls, but don't they look different depending on which side of the house they're on!
Samples of Northwest facing wall
Samples on East facing wall - don't they look different???
And since we needed to get the shed fixed up quickly, before the neighbors built a new 6 foot privacy fence next to it, we got to do a trial paint color.  I think of this as the shed beautification project.  And boy did it need beautification!  Rotted, sagging doors, failing roof,  and vines growing up and through the roof!!!

The guys tackled the shed with gusto.  It got a new roof, new custom made windows and a beautiful new door, to replace the rotted one we started with.

The neighborhood consensus was a color called Monterey Taupe - a James Hardie Board siding color.  It's a great neutral shade and I'm pretty pleased with how it looks against the bright white trim.

I found some antique lobster buoys to add to the old hooks on the side.  And now when you look out the dining room window - it looks pretty charming, don't you think?

So please don't hate me for not painting the house dark.  This neutral home will be a nice addition to the neighborhood and will look great for years to come!

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  1. You where smart to paint the shed and house in the neutral color. I like it.

    1. Thanks!!! It's so important for it to blend in with the rest of the neighborhood!

  2. Loving it already! And from all my years of experience in decorating, you must think of the entire space! In this case, the neighbors and the surrounding environment! I know I'm going to love it!


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