California Cool Exterior

More and more I have been asked to consult on the exteriors of homes I am designing. I suppose this makes all the sense in the world since of course the exterior should be an extension of what's happening on the inside. As Veneer "Designs", I don't limit myself to interior design only.

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This could be as involved as all the elements - materials and colors, lighting, door and window styles and sizing, and hardscape concepts like the rendering you see in development above.

BEFORE

BEFORE

AFTER (in progress. We will have house numbers, lighting, and entry hardware to install)

AFTER (in progress. We will have house numbers, lighting, and entry hardware to install)

This could mean quick fixes like paint colors and lighting alone, like this current project in progress. White paint can be transformative.

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Or it can be creative solutions to spice up a ho hum exterior. My client remodeled the kitchen in his Venice Canals home 5 years ago. He had always meant to paint the exterior. Flash forward to 2015 and he finally got around to it with my input. Not many LA locales imbue the laid back and artsy SoCal surfer vibe than Venice Beach. Painting his drab exterior dark grey was the right move. The front of the house faces the canals while the back of the house is actually on the street side and obscured by trees. To get attention we had the house numbers painted extra large on the garage in the same light blue color as on the front entry door. 

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I try to capture that California Cool look on every house I work on but even more so when it comes to the curb appeal of the exterior.  For a guide on how to achieve the complete look on your home, if you dare to go dark, read ahead. 

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The color we chose was Benjamin Moore Gravel Gray 2127-30 because it reads the darkest and hides the most flaws.  With Benjamin Moore's Bird's Egg 2051-60 as the light accent paint color for the number decal and the entry door color. To take it further, dimensional Eames house numbers can be added near the front door. A super cool door mat by Commune. A mod planter with stand. Pavers set in a chevron pattern with grass growing in between as the base for a casual hangout area.  String lights (with a black cord). A circle of lounge chairs and stump stools around a lava rock propane fire bowl. Nailed it.