Historic House Colors
Completed Projects - Upgrading a Modest Tudor
After remodeling their 1954 home on the inside the owners decided to tackle the exterior. This can be a much more frightening task
as it’s very hard to know what will look good, or appropriate, and how any alteration will affect the balance and architecture of one’s home.
The Moats family decided to contact me for not only color advice but overall design help as well. They did not want an expensive total
make-over, but rather to add several items that would supply the most visual interest for the dollar.
They purchased consulting hours from me for the design rework. I supplied them with historical images of homes having architectural details
that would be appropriate to their home, yet at the same time add much more visual interest. We discussed many options for the entryway
and the windows eventually settling on a bay/oriel on one side, and the addition of a new stone entryway with a period Tudor heavy-planked
door in the center. A local contractor took the historical images and transformed them into reality.
House at Project Start
After New Colors
The new house colors, drawn from a period paint catalogue, were simple: warm gray body, green gray in the gables, and dark brown trim convey a less stark and more welcoming feel to the home.
Work in Progress
The large picture window on the right was removed and new more energy efficient period correct windows were installed to provide balance to the façade. The under sized shutters that did not cover with windows were removed, providing a cleaner look.
Adding the new stone entyrway.
The new stone covered vestibule is a copy from a house pattern book of the late 1920s. It’s the perfect fit for the house style and the Tudor Revival period.
Installing the new arhced Tudor Door.
This new door with its wide planks is similar to a number of historic examples. I supply images from period millwork catalogues that show the popular styles of the day.
If you are interested in transforming your house, contact me with some pictures and I can give you an estimate of the consulting time needed.
“We’ve had tons of compliments and traffic on our street. Thanks so much for your help!”
Michelle and Aaron Moats
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