Good day! Today I am procrastinating from actually accomplishing anything so I’m looking for inspiration for the outside of our home. Spring is in the air. Flowers are blooming. And my house looks sad. So, off to the internet to get sucked into the never ending rabbit trails.
I did have wonderful intentions. I faithfully searched for specific key words like 1980’s Tudor Revival Landscape Tennessee. Or Neo Tudor Exteriors. But then I thought it would be a wonderfully wonderful idea to search for before and after pictures of actual remodeled, relandscaped Tudor-esk homes. Mistake #1.
Some background. We live in a Tudor Revival Style home built in the 1980’s. There’s nothing really Tudor-esk about the interior layout and not much about the exterior except for the faux beams, front facing gables and half hipped (or clipped) roof gables. But we don’t have the great arched front entry, mullioned or leaded glass windows. Just brick, faux stucco board siding and faux beams.
There is just something about the reddish brown of the roof and the brown of the brick that throws me off. Add in the olive green trim and garage door and the cream stucco-y parts and front door and it’s just not cohesive to me.
This is the listing photo from the realtor.
This is one I snapped earlier today in a hurry…don’t judge too harshly.
The siding needs to be power washed. There are dead deflated pumpkins in that bird bath. The trellis is falling away from the house. The plants I have purchased to fill some of those planters are sitting on the table. There are puppies at the door wondering what in the world I’m doing. The ADT sign adds a nice touch, don’t you think…ugh. And the cast iron kettle is sitting randomly on a tree trunk. Keeping it real.
The beams and trim are not the dark brown you would usually see. They’re an olive green color. I’ve toyed around with the idea of removing (or playing down) the faux beams and going maybe a bit more French Country. Something like this:
The entire house is gorgeous, feel free to rabbit trail over and see it all 🙂 But we have a really reddish-brown roof and it is not in the budget to change that, so I have to figure out how to work with it. I would love a more gray colored roof. And that bricked front drive/courtyard is yummy. The landscape is not overwhelming with low shrubs, a few trees and some low ground cover.
Here’s another one I think we could pull off:
We could add something like this awesome trellis to the front to give it some more country character:
Add a climbing vine and some colorful flowers below.
Here’s another example of a trellis I really love. Could someone buy me this cottage?
Now to confess to Mistake #2: I was supposed to be looking for landscaping ideas and got sucked into a whole outside remodel. Look at this remodel:
Before it was a simple Tudor style home. Brick, front facing gable with some faux beams, arched front door. They took this little bare bones guy and did this:
It’s recreated as a Greek Revival Style home! Isn’t that the cutest? And then reality set in and I realized none of this is in the budget either. It’s great to dream though, yes? A garage door similar to this. I actually like the overgrown, english cottage type garden. I also like the exterior all one color like this with the brick, stucco and faux beams painted. But I don’t want the upkeep of painted brick.
So, back to some landscaping ideas.