How to Renovate a 50s House Exterior

Updated: Sep 22

In the same way that we've all felt bombarded by the number of articles claiming we've been in "unprecedented times" for the past two years, you've also likely read about the housing market skyrocketing in your city as well. Dallas-Fort Worth has been no exception, making homeownership feel like a distant goal, especially for a home with curb appeal.

Today, I'm sharing an exterior home renovation to give some hope to those looking to buy a house that may not hit their standard in the looks department. Your home may only be 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. While I can respect the symmetry in their paint job, the color scheme was bold and dated to say the least..

The homeowner wanted a neutral color palette that didn't fall flat. Plus, the metal railing and painted concrete needed some updating as well. 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 wood that would be stained. This way, it would maintain its color longer and gain that charming front porch look.

The homeowners also have a young baby so they wanted to keep a railing that would prevent the little one 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 get lost 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 up to the siding too which makes the homeowners look like they made a big investment replacing the area under the roof.

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 it will still have 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? It makes buying a house that needs some extra curb appeal a little less daunting in my opinion.

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Pictures by Sami Kathryn Photography

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