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How to Renovate a 50s House Exterior

Updated: Oct 17, 2022

In the same way that "unprecedented times" has felt overused since the pandemic, you've also likely grown tired of hearing about the housing market skyrocketing in your city as well. Dallas-Fort Worth is no exception, making homeownership feel almost impossible especially for a home that already has curb appeal.

Today, I'm sharing an exterior home renovation to give some inspiration to those looking to buy a house that may not instantly hit their standard aesthetically. Your home could be only a couple projects away from the "Chip & Jojo" standard.

Click here to see my personal, exterior home renovation I've documented as well!

This home was built in the late 50's like many homes in Lake Highlands, Dallas. This means the home was built with orange brick and is just shy of 2000 sq. ft. Additionally, this home had some "pops" of color on the garage, shutters and door. Overall the home had good symmetry and interest but felt dated.

The homeowner wanted a neutral color palette that didn't fall flat. Plus, the metal railing and painted concrete needed some updating. If you have a painted concrete patio, it is sadly only a matter of time before it wears down. So in this renovation we decided to cover the concrete with stained wood. The use of wood versus concrete would maintain its color longer and gain front porch charm.

The homeowners also have a young baby so they wanted to keep some railing that would prevent baby girl from falling into the front flower bed.

After updating the concrete porch to decking, then it was time for paint selection. We wanted white railing but didn't want it to compete with the color of the brick. So we chose the color Repose Gray (Sherwin Williams) for the brick which is light and neutral, and Pure White (Sherwin Williams) for the rails. We carried the Pure White on to the vinyl siding too which makes the homeowners look like they made a big investment replacing the under the roof area.

When it comes to wood decking, you want to stain rather than paint because it will withstand harsh conditions better. If you choose a solid stain then the deck will end with a painted look. Here we went with the solid stain color Cinder by Cabot.

Lastly, we replaced the front door and talk about a game changer.. We kept the wood stained to give a pop of color and chose a door with windows so that the common area inside would receive more natural light. What do you think about this exterior face lift? Hopefully it makes buying a house that needs some extra curb appeal a little less daunting!

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