The plan is to have cement board siding installed and a portico built over the front door. A trellis will go over the front porch to add more dimension since it's not covered. Adding a covered porch is not in the budget.
My first hurdle is choosing a paint color for the siding. This has become my new obsession. I mean, this will be the color we will have to live with for the next fifteen years. (Cement board siding holds paint longer than wood.)
And what if I choose the wrong one? I've done it plenty of times for the interior of the house...at least that is only a fifty dollar mistake that can be fixed.
My mountain of samples.
I'm leaning towards earthy colors. Here is Renwick Olive by Sherwin Williams on the back of the house. The side of the house looks like a quilt with all the samples painted on.
I have another greenish color drying on the other side of this door as I type. I can't wait to see how it dries.
Here are my inspiration pictures...
I love everything about this portico. The Impatient Gardener
The soffits will be extended with the addition of brackets for a craftsman cottage look.
Trellis and portico together.
Our trellis and trim will be white like this one.
I need to get the paint colors over to the contractor quick since it will take about three weeks to come in. I've already spent a week trying to decide. Wish me luck!