The following Before and After House Makeovers were from Remodelaholic readers except the last one, which I found on Houzz:
This reader asked what she could do to her house to add some curb appeal on a budget. My thoughts were to take off the shutters (or fix them to the appropriate size), replace the white garage door (or paint it to have a more rustic brown appearance), replace or paint the front door to match, add a meandering walk out the front door, add a nice tree if budget allows, and add lots of pretty flowers and grasses. I'd add a nice painted, rustic bench to the left of the front door and paint the brick... but lots of people don't like painted brick. What do you think?
"I just purchased a foreclosure and was wanting to give it a little curb appeal. Things haven't started blooming yet so it is hard to see but there is a Japanese maple and crepe myrtle planted. Just sad looking right now. What would make this home more welcoming?"
I think putting an arbor or trellis over the garage, painting the front door navy, adding shutters to complement the arbor and adding lots of landscaping does the trick!
Here was my suggestion. I'd add a front porch deck, change the shutters to a stained wood color, make the front door match, and add some kind of interesting walkway off the porch. Lots of plants.
My solution. She doesn't necessarily need to replace the door, but I like the burnt orange color. It ties in nicely to the brick. I'd also add a thicker trim at the top of the siding, paint it white and paint the triangle of siding above it white too. I'd tone down the black shutters to a dark grey and fix the one that is hung too low next to the door.
I thought a simple trellis at the entry might be nice. What do you think?
"We are in a rural area with a mini farm with gorgeous views. We love all kinds of rock and exposes timbers, but are stumped when it comes to dealing with such a rectangular elevation. We have a beautiful classic red barn behind the house, an orchard to the right, and the landscaping has filled in a bit - to give an idea of surroundings. Any help jazzing up the front of the house without a major remodel would be so appreciated!"
I actually didn't come up with these ideas, the commenters on the site did. I just wanted to see what it would look like :-)
My thoughts: Paint the siding a dark shade of the gray in the rocks, replace the door, add a windows, replace the sconce and LANDSCAPE!
And lastly - My sister has asked me to give her house a makeover.
I haven't done it yet.
She's growing impatient.
Here is the before! She has a gorgeous front yard.