Older homes can sometimes look rather sadly outdated.
Exterior renovations sometimes look a bit too much like lipstick, that soon wears off or smears badly. And then we regret the new updated look. But some old houses are just so butt ugly …
Here is a neighborhood house that the owner transformed from a rather plain box with a minimally sloped roof, into something that certainly catches the eye.
In addition to the vertical wall solar panels on the front and side, there is an array of low-slope panels on the roof. Presumably if the wall solar panels are removed, the reddish faux wood panels would be installed in their place.
Notice that there are back yard houses similarly renovated.
I am least in love with the horizontal brown siding on the front façade, and most like the side walls. I wonder if a heavier fascia board across the front roof line might have disguised the low slope. The double hung windows are suitable for traditional houses, but I wonder if something a bit more adventurous (for example, 3 equal panes) would have suited the very modern exterior now being installed.
I certainly intend to head back to check out these units once more work is completed, for eg on the verandahs and front steps.
What do you think: should plain old houses be updated or restored to their original look?
PS: I searched my files for an old house of this style that had been restored with wood (not aluminum or plastic) siding true to the original build, but couldn’t find one. Let me know of ones you know, and I’ll try to get a pic for another post.