So, with that said, I found this little place online today:
I know what you're thinking. It's ugly. But it could be lovely. We're really downsizing in our move, only looking at ranches, and in established neighborhoods with large trees and landscaping. So, this house fits the bill in all those things - just needs that special touch. For this house, I'd clad the existing cinder block with stone veneer on the left. Something like this:
I like the mix of charcoal and copper. The rest of the house would be painted a deep, rich charcoal gray. And I'd want to get a new front door, and take the shutters off of the exiting windows. This house doesn't need, and shouldn't have shutters.
So now we have something like this, right? Much better! As you can see, the chain link fence stays, and is planted with fast growing evergreen ivy. The link gates are replaced with wooden ones, and the door is replaced with a wood version, stained the same color. The whole house goes charcoal (MS Flagstone) and that windowless bump out to the left is clad in stone. Looking pretty good right? I mean, all it needs is a couple of ferns on either side of the door in large terra cotta pots. (I wish I had better software - but I wanted to get the idea across, and this was the best I could do!)
So,what do you think? Lipstick on a pig? Or diamond in the rough?