dream house: exteriors.
by victoria comment


dream house: exteriors / sfgirlbybay

sara barner.

while you’re out there in the world, looking for your dream home to buy, you’d be surprised by the sheer amount of ‘blah’ and just plain old bad taste out there. real estate websites like redfin or trulia give you inside views into some stunning spaces, but they also give you a glimpse at what could only seem to be an episode of hoarders. it’s rather shocking really, how little staging goes into some spots for sale. i went into one open house that looked as though the ultimate bedazzler lived there. i’d share the photo i couldn’t help myself from snapping but it could turn you off decorating for some time to come, so i’ll spare you.

dream house: exteriors / sfgirlbybay

dove house by gundry & ducker via design milk.

anyway, i thought it might be fun to take you along my journey to find a new home in a new blog series i’ll simply call dream house. this week i thought i’d start from the outside, in. exteriors can be pretty dowdy, and i’ve been saving up some ideas on pinterest of how i might upgrade an exterior should i find a real fixer-upper, like this one. i kept trying to imagine how, working with a contractor, i’d give this exterior a facelift, and all that was coming to me was creating a scandinavian minimalist kind of saltbox style faux front — a bit like the homes you see here with wood siding. i’d paint it black and possibly add white trim, creating a modern facade for something that was previously, well just rather dull (mind you that house while in a fab neighborhood, is going for $800k with back-up offers and that happened in just 5 days of going on the market, so it won’t be mine at that price).

dream house: exteriors / sfgirlbybay

saltbox style homes, clockwise l to r: oregon home magazine; black barn; a well traveled woman; bo bedre.

dream house: exteriors / sfgirlbybay

i like the idea of wood siding painted black, like this home via remodelista.

dream house: exteriors / sfgirlbybay

i love this Los Feliz Guest House via idea+sgn by Alexandra Angle. it almost looks like galvanized metal, painted black.

dream house: exteriors / sfgirlbybay

dream house: exteriors / sfgirlbybay

a bleached wood saltbox exterior is pretty too, via tarja’s snowland.

dream house: exteriors / sfgirlbybay

a sentimental porch swing would be lovely, via karen akers interiors.

dream house: exteriors / sfgirlbybay

this exterior backyard photographed by Morten Holtum for Boligmagasinet is such a peaceful looking retreat.

dream house: exteriors / sfgirlbybay

dream house: exteriors / sfgirlbybay

i love smitten studio’s cabin with its french doors and exterior patio.

dream house: exteriors / sfgirlbybay

the natural wood combined with black exterior paint of Designer Shareen Joel’s great looking deck, via home life.

25 responses to “dream house: exteriors.”

  1. Though I’ve never thought about a mainly black exterior, I must say – I really, really love your examples!! The white trim POPs! and I think a bit of red for accent would look great too. When we lived in an apartment, I loved pouring over real estate stuff and thinking about how we’d decorate or fix up a house. Crazy circumstances had us rushing into setting up a modular home in 2007 and after years of mixed feelings, I’ve come to love it. It took a lot of time, but it now feels like “home.” It will in all likelihood be our forever place, so we’re just looking at how to do some updates for the future – a front and back porch, paved/cemented driveway, etc.

    This blog series sounds so fun! I can’t wait to follow along!!

    Love and light,

  2. i love this, especially since the combination black with white trim is traditional for the region I come from ( Zeeland, the Netherlands). Big sheds were painted with tar to protect them against the harse conditions – winds and salty sea water. You can find some pretty examples on Pinterest

  3. Gosh, I do love that exterior style. You would think the black would be too stark yet it seems to blend so well with the natural environment.

    We’re house hunting at the moment too and I really don’t understand how some people put such little effort into cleaning/tidying/styling their homes for buyers.

  4. I love charcoal/black siding. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve pinned these images myself. Sadly , hubby has vetoed such a dramatic statement.
    But for me, the bigger question is: Are you seriously considering buying a house in LA? does that mean you are moving there? You would no longer be the girl by the bay, though perhaps you will be the girl by the reservoir seeing your preference for Silverlake. I lived in LA for 13 years and feel it has so much more to offer than many people give it credit for.

  5. The “saltbox”…not a term i was familiar until now. I must say I am pleasantly surprised to have learned it. I love the idea of applying this shape to a “tiny home”. The simplistic, square shape would create the illusion of more space. I especially like the photo from Tarja’s Snowland, incorporating the sizeable windows.
    Thank you for the inspiration!

  6. The black shed with red trim has been saved on my phone forever as my dream home! (def need to lower my standards for this LA hunt haha)

  7. Instead of painting the exterior black you should look into the technique of Shou Sugi Ban. You basically char the wood until it gives it it’s black colour. And it’s make the wood naturally repellant to insects and rot!

  8. Lovely feature!! We are just in the process of painting our weatherboard house black with a white trim. After about 10 sample colours I have finally picked Dulux Black Spur. I am surprised at how many people tried to talk us out of a dark house! Have only done one side of the house and love it already. I am a bit lost on what to do with the red brick foundations and also the brick pillars on our front verandah. To paint or not to paint?….

  9. The shape ( of the bleached pale sided house) above is not not a salt box – that’s incorrect terminology.
    A salt box shaped house is one where one of the non gable ends or if you will, one of the long sides of the house has a roofline that sweeps lower to the ground in the back than the opposite long side at the front giving it an asymmetrical aspect when viewed from either gable end ( the short sides ). It essentially becomes two stores in the front and one storey in the back.
    A salt box house is a style of Early American Architecture from the mid 1600’s in New England homes.
    The correct term for the bleached look house in question would be a modern colonial or I suppose a contemporary cottage. But a salt box it definitely is not! :)

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