Looking for a Lighter, Brighter Future

Dear Homework,
We purchased our home this April and absolutely love the interior layout. The outside, however, has been neglected with overgrown landscaping, uneven walkways and a dark, unbalanced exterior. I’d love to explore whitewashing the brick if it would fit the Tudor style, and I want a new front door to allow more light into the house. We have a big front yard, so a circle drive is possible, but it might mean taking down a big elm tree. Would love your amazing eye on how to give this house better curb appeal!

—Looking for a Lighter, Brighter Future

Dear Looking for a Lighter, Brighter Future,
I have lots of thoughts about your basically good-looking house. First, you can whitewash the brick. I think you’ll see it works wonders in bringing the entire composition together by reducing the distinction of the ‘light’ and ‘dark’ parts. Next, I show building a more prominent entry portal to give that area some oomph. I would choose a solid wood front door, but you could add a wood and glass storm door for the light you desire.

I also have created a small terrace outside the front door and bordered it with new brick wing walls. These, together with a new parking area, give the entry element ‘star status’ in the new composition.

Additional architectural upgrades include an enlarged staircase window, brick piers and walls at the driveway, and a steeper garage roof to match the main house.

Finally, the existing large trees have been retained while allowing for a more useful driveway and a bolder landscape plan. Hopefully some of these ideas can light the way to the future you want.

Thanks for asking,

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