New vinyl siding and composite roofing – in a more modern palette – plus a few judicial upgrades turned this tired-looking home into an attractive neighborhood space.
Before: This 1960’s brick and siding 2-level home in Greenbelt, MD was looking a bit tired. Aluminum siding – probably installed in the 1970’s over original clapboard, was in bad shape and could no longer be cleaned. The roof was also worse for wear. And the curved driveway was badly cracked and difficult to navigate. The front entry was uncomfortable because the landing was 2 tall but narrow steps down from the door. You needed to step up onto one of the steps to ring the bell and it made it awkward and potentially dangerous to enter and leave. A maple tree was too close to the house and was sickly.
Solutions: In addition to the cosmetic changes – new siding and composite roofing – in a new palette. We raised the stoop to just 5 inches down from the door – making a graceful entry. We resurfaced the driveway in asphalt and added a concrete “walkway” beside it to make it easier to navigate and to improve the approach by visitors to the home. The carport and front entry were improved with pavers and better grade management. A semi-circular front patio gives the homeowners a desired front sitting area to visit with neighbors and to just watch the world go by.
While the wife always “hated” the color of the original brick, the new palette rationalizes the colors and makes it feel more natural.
Finally, we connected the existing front garden bed with additional landscaping that connects to the geometry of the site and sight lines.