Cooking up a Craftsman
This home went from rancher to two-story and now it's getting some serious exterior touches.
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The eight-month-long remodel of a ranch to second story is now getting its finishing touches on the facade. The new look takes on a Craftsman style, complete with new paint, all new landscaping and Craftsman fixtures throughout.
Homeowners Lyle and Amy Simon had been living through the chaos of a dramatic whole house remodel for eight months before Curb Appeal stepped in to help with the completion of the project. With designer Caroline Vesey and landscape designer Adam Lambre, the house gets painted, accessorized and filled in with lush new landscaping.
Here's how they accomplish it:
- new light green paint, with white trimwork
- install new clear glass window panels by the front door
- porcelain tiles go down in the front entry
- new concrete path leading up to the front entry
- a concrete retaining wall helps keep the yard level
- two concrete columns topped with craftsman lights go up to frame the front walk
- four redwood arbors go up against the house to bring dimension to the facade
- new courtyard area behind the garage is completed with a private seating area
- install a water feature made of natural stone near the front entry
- install new lawn and shade tolerant plants, including coral bark, Japanese maples, hukara, Tasmanian tree ferns, and Japanese forest greens
- decorative features: arts and crafts pendant lights on the porch, pots, benches and house numbers
Columnist Kathy McCleary talks to design experts to find out how to makeover her home exterior and landscaping without spending...