Ready to Renovate

Dear Homework,

I recently replaced the roof of my Kirkwood ranch with a more architectural grade of asphalt, and I am pleased with the improvement in the home’s overall appearance. Now I want to do more. What would you think if the siding became a charcoal gray? Are there any other easy changes to the house or landscaping that you would suggest?

—Ready to Renovate

Dear Ready to Renovate,

The new roof looks great, and charcoal gray siding will complement it nicely. I suggest installing wider white trim to create a bold contrast, and I would pair it with wider black shutters and new flower boxes. Use these on the rear façade as well to create a more finished, elegant feel. I would leave the front door red and paint the storm door the same color.

You will note a new carriage-style garage door, which allows you to integrate the gray color into the overall façade.

To upgrade the landscaping, edge the entry walkway with a low yew hedge and finish off with a bed of red begonias to reiterate the color of the front door. The flower boxes are filled with geraniums and sweet potato vines. To hide the  air conditioner condenser and gas meter in the back, I recommend a new burning bush hedge. Behind the hedge, I’ve placed hydrangeas and ornamental grasses to create a softer, layered look. All of these changes are easy and could be implemented separately over a period of time. They also would bring an upgraded impression similar to that of your new architectural roof.

Hope this keeps you inspired,

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