Last night I got lost in the bunny hole of ideas for updating the exterior for our home. I’m sure there are some of you out there with Colonials from the 1960s to 1990s that could use a little pick me up or maybe you have a pre-fab that needs a little customization. I collected some of my favorite ideas on how to update a flat front Colonial here. We have some rough estimate quotes from our builder (we highly recommend him if you are on Boston’s North Shore!). AJ suggested waiting until he is done with his busy season (so fall or winter) but I’m collecting my “research”, as I call it, now. You know, just so I’m prepared the moment AJ and Nate are ready. 🙂 As a reminder, here is what we are starting with:
My number one inspiration photo is these ones from Luxe. I am in love with every detail.
Here’s something to think about… it’s very expensive to do a curved inside like that. I found that out after Nate quoted me a price. What I am inclined to do is ask for this exact design, without the dentil work, and then ask him to make the inside triangular so that we can still do a hanging lantern.
This gorgeous Georgian Colonial has a lot going for it… large windows, manicured gardens and a beautiful pathway. The portico adds a lot of interest to the front of the house as do the little added detail of the molding above the windows. Source from HERE.
This traditional front porch is just gorgeous… the size reminds me of our last home’s porch. Highland Homes, Inc. in Louisiana designed this home and some other gorgeous ones… they are a fun website to get lost in.
I like this next design because it’s a little different without the columns. The arches were custom made for this design by Joseph Episcopo & Sons.
This amazing home in Cincinnati was created by Michaelson Homes. If you want to see more of this home, including a stunning kitchen, click HERE. I love all the interesting details with the dormers, the windows with the added top row, the portico, the back room… okay everything. The whole house is to die for.
Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders has been awarded multiple times for their work on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and southeastern New England. My jaw was dropping as I looked at the projects they’ve worked on. The side addition and the front portico make this square home anything but boring… and that view… love it.
This before doesn’t look like our home but it’s some form of Colonial. It’s amazing what the portico and the roof change did for the overall athetic of the home. Taken from Better Homes and Gardens Exterior Before and Afters.
Lastly, this very traditionally sized porch is gorgeous with a non-traditional metal room. This was designed by Norris Architects in Nashville, TN.
Did you get some inspiration? Which is your favorite?
To do the more simplified version of the first design that I wrote about Nate quoted us somewhere between $7000 – $8000… just to give you an estimate of what something like that could cost for you (and of course, it will vary on your builder and your part of the country).