This past week I worked with Brookland, DC clients on a series of quick study renderings to help them visualize options for boosting their front entrance curb appeal. The home’s existing first floor exterior wall is a red brick, with a second floor clad in a narrow 5″ vinyl white siding. The existing front porch is a metal structure with slender columns fabricated from metal tubing. We rendered options using larger 7″ siding width on the second floor as well as a board and batten siding scheme to emphasize the front projection. With the board and batten option, the attic vent was cleverly hidden behind narrow continuous louvers.
The existing front porch was clad in either stained wood or white trim options. One idea for the porch was to add faux beams on each side to simulate a pergola effect. To reduce the appearance of bulky columns a translucent center panel with internal lighting was introduced between a more slender “pair of columns”. The underside of the porch was given the same cladded beam treatment with a paneled wood ceiling. In addition, we looked at what the exterior would look like in all white, grey with white trim and all grey colors. In each case, a single color was used to unify both levels into one structure. The clients ended up choosing a simple, elegant, monochrome scheme of gray with white trim. If you’re interested in renderings to help decide on updates to your home please feel free to contact us!