Before and after Painting exterior
The only eye-catching feature of this split-level home was its jarring combination of blue-painted siding and Santa-red brick. The entry was scrunched into a cramped alcove and upstaged by the garage.
After: Splendid Split-Level
A sophisticated Prairie-style makeover took this split-level from blah to beautiful. Stucco replaced cedar siding and the brickwork below was painted to match. The entry was pulled from the shadows and centered in a tall, gabled bump-out. Sidelights and a three-part transom dramatize the door. Pedestals were added to the revamped stoop, which leads into a colored-concrete walkway. Raised stucco trim surrounds new casement windows on the upper level. A band of slate tile strengthens horizontal lines, while a period light fixture adds a finishing touch.
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This small Cape Cod home presented a less-than-friendly facade. The cedar-shingle siding had been blackened by pollution and oxidation. The dormers looked puny and out of place and the white garage door detracted from the rest of the home's architecture.
After: Classic Cape Cod
An arched portico above a new brick stoop and an adjoining pergola-topped porch give this Cape Cod home a more welcoming entry. A new, rich-looking cedar garage door harmonizes with the cedar siding and it's surrounded by arched trim to echo the portico's arch. Additional upgrades include a larger front window, bigger dormers, fresh roofing, and a gracious front walk.
Before: Out of Place
With a mismatch of materials and awkward facade, this odd-looking 1950s Colonial became a romantic chateau drawn straight from the French countryside.
After: French Twist
A neighborhood misfit turned old-world charmer, this country French-styled home is now a visual masterpiece. Rough stucco slathered over pinkish brick added several inches in thickness to the walls. A new slate roof received a gentle sweep on the ends. Lower windows were swapped for slender French doors with arched tops, paneled bottoms, and iron hardware. The main entry now features an arched, solid-wood door flanked by sidelights that continue its curve. A rustic stone arch crowns the entry. A cut-stone terrace across the front of the house, a rustic flagstone walk, and a low stucco wall add to the French-country romance.
Before: Run-Down Rowhouse
This classic Victorian rowhouse was in serious need of a rescue with its decaying exterior, old windows, and overgrown landscaping.
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How long after painting the exterior of a house before rain will affect it?
Hi, it depends on paint type but mostly, latex paints can dry "to the touch" in 1-2 hours, maybe less. It may take minimum of 4-6 hours before rain, preferably 8-12 hours to be safe. As, my S-W rep recommends 24 hours, but 24 hours is not realistic in a rainy locale. For a complete information you can visit House Painting Services
Are exterior window dresses installed before or after painting a home?
Having new windows installed and painting exterior of home. Are the window dress the final step? Or will they be installed and painted with the home?
YES. Either can be done. Remember, if you paint the house later, you won't be removing the window dressing.