Tuesday, August 26, 2008

true colors

A few posts back, we asked all of you out there on the super-inter-web-highway to give us your feedback on some color ideas we had for Humphrey House. The response, both on the blog and via email, was amazing! We were happy to have so many people sharing their thoughts with us - very cool.

Jason and I were both really struck and somewhat amused about the general consensus that a red door was a big bad no-no. It was funny, because both of us had always, always intended to have a red door on this house. But you'll all be glad to hear that, after mucho consideration, we've axed that idea (along with several others).

But another point that really hit home was about the siding. As Bret, our friend and fellow house-rehabber (although on a different scale than us, for sure!) put it, "I just can't get past the siding." He was right. Neither could we. And so, last week when we were supposed to be spending seven days fishing on Lake Bellevue and frolicking in the Chequamegon Forest, we decided to stay home and take the siding out of the equation. Well, at least in front. We looked at other houses on our block and were surprised to notice that several had a different facade on the front than on the rest of the house. Confident we could pull it off at least half as assuredly as these other houses could, thus began our outer remodeling.



Fearing what lie beneath, we decided to take the vinyl off the front only instead of the whole house. As you can see, my father Kenny came up to assist us in our endeavors, and ended up leading the charge (as always). The best thing about Dad is that he's not afraid to be ambitious about projects. Must be an engineer thing. He certainly put his skills to the test helping us solve the riddle of how to transition from the siding we would leave on the sides and rear of the house to the original wood siding on the front. The solution? Copper-topped cedar corners with edging and trim, that I have to say look pretty amazing. Pix to come ...

But we still had the pesky problem of choosing a color scheme. Jason went to the Sherwin-Williams store and got samples and I did some test painting, and I think we have one we finally both agree on.

7 comments:

California Fence said...

Outstanding transformation, it is impressive to see how new the place looks after all that work. Concerning the front siding, how much in resale value do you think it added to take that off and replace it? I'm considering doing the same thing on one of my rental properties, but have been putting it off...

Jennifer said...

Nothing better than ripping off crappy siding! It looks so much better... I really like the color scheme you picked out, too.

jay said...

Not sure if taking off vinyl would normally result in an increase in a building's value. The reverse might be true since vinyl is low maintenance and prospective buyers might appreciate that. However, in our opinion, the vinyl cheapens the aesthetics of the house, especially given the historic area we are in, so that is our justification.

Tiny Oak Park Bungalow said...

Looks great - you've got more balls than I do. I'm scared to death to touch my siding. Funny - I didn't mind the bright door idea but maybe it is a little atypical in the OP.

Anonymous said...

Glad you found a way around not painting the vinyl and the white being a design contraint. So is the last picture the final colors or is it after taking off the vinyl but before final painting? It all looks dark brown on my monitor - can hardly find the front door. Sorry to be nosy - but inquiring minds want to know!

Wish I had your energy - keep up the good work.

Cheryl in Orlando

Mabel Sugar said...

It's actually not a very good photo, the lighting is kinda weird, I agree. Will have to take another one today. The bottom half is a very dark green, and the top stucco is called "craftsman brown." And as far as the energy goes, mine is waning, believe me!!!!

purejuice said...

oh god. i was so fearful you were going to leave the siding. ugh.