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"The White House"

Today I'm excited to reveal our first ever exterior project!  Last year, we were approached by our clients who were looking to refresh the exterior of their traditional brick Colonial home in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  

Rendering by: Jackie Ramdin

While there was nothing really wrong with their home, it was time to make a few significant home maintenance upgrades, so it just seemed like the right time to rethink the aesthetic elements as well.  On the the list for the project were the following items:
  • New roof
  • Exterior paint
  • Gutter replacement
  • New shutters
  • Upgraded lighting
  • New door
  • Window replacement
  • New awning
  • Finishing touches

We pulled together a plan to address their concerns and quickly came to a consensus on the next steps.  The most important selection was obviously the paint color for the brick. The client wanted white from the beginning, but picking a white paint for the exterior of a brick colonial home isn't as easy as it might sound.  

We landed on Sherwin Williams' Pure White for the house and Tricorn Black for the shutters and trim.  Keeping things high contrast with a true (but not sterile) white and a rich black with lots of depth. 

Are you ready for this transformation?
Go ahead, scroll back up to that before, I'll wait...

The results are really pretty astounding.  It's a little hard to believe it's the same house, right.  You get a completely different feel when you drive up now.   

This project was truly all about the details.  We selected deep charcoal shingles for the rook and opted for a warm medium stain for the solid wood door.  The oil-rubbed bronze hardware pops against the warm tone of the door stain.  I think it's the detail that really stands out as you pass by on the street.  

There was a small debate about whether the garage door should be painted black and I'm pleased to report that I won that one.  Answer?  It should.  I love the contrast on the side of the home and as someone who has a white garage door, trust me, go dark if you can.  

The gutters were a pretty critical element in tying the look together.  They act as sort of an outline around the home, punctuating the new facade. 

From the moment we arrived at the project's site, I knew the porch lighting needed to be more substantial.  The previous fixtures were barely visible from the street.  These Troy Lighting lantern sconces were the perfect classic touch to add lighting as you approach but also to give a warm and welcoming vide as you enter. 

The homeowner was totally set on the addition of a copper awning.  I'm so glad she pushed for it.  We looked high and low to find the right vendor and finally settled on New Creations Custom Ornamental Copper out of Greenville, SC.  

We worked to get the design and placement just right and then they got busy constructing a beautiful (and functional) piece of art.  

Pretty cool to see it going up.  
Imagine, how fun it will be to watch this piece patina over time.  

With the awning installed, the last element was finishing off the small porch stoop.
  We found these INSANELY heavy vintage urns and went through a few options for plants to flank the entrance.  

We landed on option #2, the spiral guy and I think it looks awesome!  

For as beautiful as the transformation was in the front, the back is just as beautiful.  I love how much brighter it seems.  Totally a space I'd like to hang out (and I have actually 😊 ).

I couldn't love this transformation more.  It feels so fresh and welcoming.  It literally beckons you to come in...

Photography by: Cameron Reynolds

What do you think?  Painting the brick was a bold move and one not everyone in the client's circle agreed with.  In the end, I think we all agree though that the house looks so much better.  In fact, it looks a whole lot more grand.  

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