Copy the Curb Appeal: Jacksonville, Florida

HGTV Magazine found eye-catching houses loaded with inspiring ideas.
By: Jaimie Dalessio Clayton, Jennifer Berno DeCleene, and Leslie Corona

Photo By: Agnes Lopez

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

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Photo By: Agnes Lopez

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Photo By: Agnes Lopez

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Photo By: Agnes Lopez

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Photo By: J Muckle/Studio D

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Photo By: Agnes Lopez

Photo By: Agnes Lopez

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Photo By: Courtesy of the manufacturer

Photo By: Chairs: Ben Goldstein/Studio D, Table: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Photo By: Agnes Lopez

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Photo By: Courtesy of the manufacturer

Photo By: Courtesy of the manufacturers

Photo By: Agnes Lopez

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Photo By: Ben Goldstein/Studio D

About the House

Built in: 1911. Bought in: 2010. Size: 3,000 sq. ft. The house has 40-plus original windows in varying shapes and sizes, including one with stained glass (not pictured). 

Front Door

The oversize glass pane on top mimics the airiness of the house’s many big windows. Pattern 118 in fir, from $323, roguevalleydoor.com; Paint: Pure White by Sherwin-Williams

Paint Colors

"I spent a lot of time researching paint colors that would fit the period and style of this house," says homeowner S. Allister Fisher. "The blue siding makes me smile every time I get home." Siding: Deep Sea Dive by Sherwin-Williams; Trim: Pure White by Sherwin-Williams; Porch: Red Theatre by Sherwin-Williams

Landscaping and Hedges

"When I bought the house, it was obscured by overgrown trees and shrubs," says Fisher. He cleared out the yard to make way for a manicured garden, including pink and red Knock Out roses right in front. Six viburnum hedges, which are split by an ornamental podocarpus tree on the house’s left side, offer lots of greenery for little effort.

Porch Light

A simple lantern-style pendant balances out the door’s elaborate diamond-patterned sidelights. Craftmade 11"H x 6½"-diameter cast-aluminum pendant in matte black, $40, atgstores.com

Stacked Planters and Flowerpots

On each side of the front door, Fisher created a dual-level display: He filled each lower planter with mulch, put a paver in the center to support the urn, then planted sedum, which spills over the sides of the planter, in soil. In the center is an urn filled with trailing ivy. Weighty planters flanking the steps are filled with boxwoods and yellow mini petunias that give a cheery welcome.

Door Handle

Its curvy shape lends character to the white door. Baldwin Richmond mortise handleset, $573, capecodbrass.com

About the House

Built in: 2012. Size: 3,400 sq. ft. The house is faced in two types of siding painted different shades of gray. The first floor has lap siding; the second floor’s HardieShingle siding replicates the look of cedar shakes. "Even though our home is newly built, we designed it with the surrounding historic neighborhood in mind," say homeowners Karie and Joseph Kovacocy.  "It has modern amenities but really suits the location."

Double Front Doors

This sunny set of doors with glass panels is one of 10 sets throughout the house—mostly on the back—so the Kovacocys can take full advantage of indoor-outdoor living. Smooth Star doors, $965 per set, thermatru.com; paint: Baroque by ColorLife by Sherwin-Williams

House Numbers

Sleek metal digits feel fresh but aren’t out of place in the historic neighborhood. Architectural Mailboxes 4"-tall cast-brass house numbers, from $8 each, allmodern.com

Paint Colors

Second-floor siding: Ott by ColorLife by Sherwin-Williams; First-floor siding: Estate by ColorLife by Sherwin-Williams; Trim: Tree Bark by ColorLife by Sherwin-Williams; Front door: Baroque by ColorLife by Sherwin-Williams

Landscaping and Potted Plants

On the far right side of the house, purple Chinese witch hazel and a short European fan palm liven up the otherwise uniform yard. Spiky yucca plants, which get pruned regularly, jut out from tall metal pots by the porch’s seating area.

Concrete Walkway

A stepping-stone-style path of square concrete pavers echoes the clean lines of the house.

Mailbox

Tiny peepholes let you know when the mail has arrived—cute touch! Salsbury Industries traditional mailbox in black, $60, casa.com

Door Handles

Slim chrome-finish handlesets gleam against the doors’ cheerful color. Kwikset Tavaris single cylinder sectional contemporary handleset in satin chrome, $132, build.com

Seating Area

Set between two bright yellow Adirondack chairs, a black wicker cube table offers a modern take on a classic material, perfect for the home’s new-meets-old vibe. International Concepts Adirondack chairs in yellow, $159 each, wayfair.com; Caluco Dijon 35"W x 29"D x 16"H wicker glass-top coffee table, $598, luxedecor.com

About the House

Built in: 1940. Bought in: 1996. Size: 3,000 sq. ft. "Only two families owned this house before us, and its charm is still very much intact," says homeowner Teresa Wood. "The traditional red-brick facade and spacious front porch remind my husband, Joe, of his childhood home." By extending the walkway into a brick parking pad, the Woods created space for cars without compromising the house’s character.

Front Door

The Woods’ dog, Hunter, loves to peer out of the glass-paneled door, which is original to the house. Bevel King 6-panel mahogany door with insulated beveled glass panels, $810, georgiafrontdoors.com; paint: Dunmore Cream by Benjamin Moore

Door Knocker

The dark bronze finish warms up the light front door. RK International Hardware door knocker in oil-rubbed bronze, $31, myknobs.com

Paint Colors

Shutters: Yorktowne Green by Benjamin Moore. Trim: Dunmore Cream by Benjamin Moore; Porch floor: Country Redwood by Benjamin Moore

Hanging Fern and Potterd Plants

A feathery Boston fern looks sweet suspended from the porch ceiling. Like the rest of the landscaping, this plant will keep its color all year in the warm climate. Copper-color planters complement the painted porch floor. Each one holds a Eugenia topiary surrounded by variegated English ivy.

Rocking Chairs

Teak rockers look welcoming on the porch. With three there’s always an extra seat if a neighbor swings by. Anderson Teak Palm Beach rocking armchair, $550, madisonseating.com

Post Lights

Topped with antique-looking finials, the outdoor lights on the brick posts fit the home’s traditional feel. Ardmore 23"-tall outdoor post light in vintage rust, $160, lampsplus.com

Doormat

Its wrought-iron-inspired design unites the porch with the railings. Natural rubber pineapple heritage doormat, $36, overstock.com