An Old House Renovation gives this Ugly Duckling House a 2nd Chance.
Most old house makeovers are done badly and actually make the house worse giving it bad curb appeal as you can see.
This house is a victim of Bad Home Improvements and in desperate need of help.
Let’s rehabilitate this house together!
This old house renovation was performed live on Facebook as members submitted their input. They were able to see this house made beautiful right before their eyes.
With so many of your Face Book comments and ideas you posted about this house, YOU can now help perform an old house renovation and you don’t have to leave your computer.
I will make the changes graphically and post them here with explanations as the work is performed. Your input on the changes can be sent via the comments section below. You will see each step as I update this page.
The house may not be perfect but we can improve it together. From new windows to what type of curtains and landscaping.
This will be fun for those who understand the problems with this house and a good learning experience for those who are yet unable to recognize them.
You are invited to participate – bring your friends too!
The following shows changes that were made to this house based on comments through Face Book and email. Here is what we did. . . . . .
See the outline of the historic house – #57
As you see in the current photo, a really bad looking one story addition was added on from the front of the rear section to where the original porch ended. This map is from 1916. The dotted line shows the porch.
The main section shows a “2” which means 2 floors, and the back section shows a “1” for 1 floor. That back section is currently 2 floors.
I don’t know how old the house is but I am guessing 1890-1910.
As you see there is a 1st floor addition which really distracts you by the ugly design. We will NOT remove this addition even though removal will greatly improve curb appeal.
The purpose is to show the impact of a more simple old house renovation. Old house makeovers do not have to be drastic to improve appearance.
Here is the house before they did their remuddling. It still looks bad although not as bad as it does after they remodeled it.
Let’s fix the awful 70’s style Mansard roof on the addition.
This roof style is a 1970’s version of a Mansard Roof used on Second Empire styled buildings most popular 1865-1880. This addition is bad and the roof which doesn’t belong just makes it worse.
The roof here should be much flatter. This is an addition so there was not an original roof. Options are a shed roof or hipped roof. I will construct a hipped roof. The problem with a roof here is that the addition goes back far and the roof when viewed from the side would have a very shallow slope.
Here is a new lower roof – not much better. Just not as noticeable. I also added a fascia and cove molding around the edge.
Next step – let’s remove vinyl siding.
REAL wood siding – looks better already!
Let’s keep the color the same as the plastic siding – it’s a nice green color and good for the period of the house.
Windows are most important for a good old house renovation
What type of windows 2-over-2 or 6-over 1?
The votes are in for 6 over 1 windows. Either would be correct for this house as would be 1-over-1. We really don’t know the year but I would guess it can be as old as 1890 ish and we know it’s on a 1916 map.
I will install true divided light six-over-one wood windows.
Notice on the original photo the monster sized window casings. Why would anyone install something like that? How can the developer that did this not realize that look so bad? This is where the old house makeover really makes an impact.
The new windows will have 4 1/4” casings and a simple drip edge on top.
A note about the windows – they seem pushed to the side because of the angle the photo is taken.
A new period front door.
I need a new front door. If someone has a photo or can find a good one on the internet, please send me the link or email. The image should be good quality and be at a similar angle. Door knobs can be with the door or separately. Don’t forget a light fixture.
Curtains or roller shades, shutters and landscape to follow.
I changed the trim color from white to a light tan. Tan provides a softer feel to the house. There are many nice white colors – white does not have to be a bright harsh white. Unfortunately white is stigmatized for seeing white windows one would think they are plastic just because they are white.
Here it is with a new door and surround. The house looks vacant with those bare windows – time to add curtains.
Here it is with curtains. Now it’s time for shutters. I thought of red since the green is a bit drab. Black would also work nice. Any comments?
Real Wood Shutters are a must for an old house renovation
Shutters are red. Keep in mind that these images are drastically reduced in size and quality for the web. My view when working on it shows every detail and shadow. You can count the louvers in the shutters and see reflections in the glass.
What this house needs is a Frieze Board at the top and a Water Table at the bottom.
I did not continue this trim on the addition. For one reason, we don’t want to draw attention to it. Additionally the clapboard is lower along the foundation in that section and the water table should continue around the house at the same height. Above there is not enough space for a frieze board.
It’s not nice to leave your guest outside in the rain. A canopy over the door will offer that protection.
Landscaping is the finishing touch for an old house makeover.
Here it is! Click to enlarge.
The landscape should draw your eyes to the left so you don’t notice the bad addition.
I know – it’s April and the trees are bare but I have some trees with leaves. You get the idea. Once the other trees fill in the house will look better yet.
I hope you have enjoyed this old house renovation. If you feel your house can use some help, send me an email!
Ken – the Old House Guy
UPDATE: This house is now for sale by the developer who destroyed it. They added some very tacky ornamental plants since we did this work. I contacted the Realtor and offered her free use of these photos to show potential buyers how this house can be improved.