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Assisted Living: Ideas For Covering an Exterior Wall

CasaSugar Community member The Grizz posed this question to the Assisted Living group:

We recently bought a foreclosure for a great deal but of course, it needs tons of work. You can see where the garage was converted to a den. That door will be replaced and the exterior will be painted probably a cream with black and white accents. The problem is that after we get rid of the door shutters, we will be left with a boring wall with just a door. What are some options to cover this wall? I am not sure if there are any. But I thought perhaps some sort of vines or greenery. Also, any other suggestions or ideas you might have are welcome and much appreciated. By the way, the house is brick and it was painted.  The garage/den in question and the side wall are the only walls with siding. We will also be doing lots of landscaping!

Want to hear my thoughts for The Grizz and offer your own?

Hi there —

Ahh, the perks and the problems of buying a foreclosure! You are not alone!

Here are a few ideas.

  • If I were you, I'd tear up that bit of concrete right near the front door and plant grass there. Then, put a little sidewalk there leading up from the larger driveway space. That way, your den won't look like it's a converted garage.
  • Once you take off those shutters, I'd recommend installing a thicker frame around the door. Since it faces the street, it looks like a front door, but in its current state, it's too narrow to be much of a focal point.
  • As for covering up the wall, I'd definitely recommend planting some taller hedges flanking the door. Boxwoods might be nice. Head down to your local nursery and ask for recommendations on what sort of bushes will grow well in that space and in your climate.
  • Since you probably can't plant anything there until you pull up that concrete, for the time being, a really sophisticated option would be to flank the door with a pair of tall potted ball-shaped topiary trees — real ones not artificial! And around the base of your topiaries, maybe you can place some smaller potted plants that you like to fill in the space.

Anyone else have suggestions for covering that exterior wall? Do you have landscaping or decorating dilemmas of your own? Be sure to post photos and tales in the Assisted Living group!

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barnwoodurbanist barnwoodurbanist 5 years
This question is posted twice. I posted comments on the other one first. If you are thinking of adding windows to the house as an option, I would definitely go for it! But I would avoid long narrow windows immediately adjacent to/flanking the door, as this would result in the same look as you currently have with the shutters. I would opt for separate windows, one on either side of the door.
barnwoodurbanist barnwoodurbanist 5 years
I like the suggestion of two potted plants flanking the entrance and the addition of trim around the doorway to expand the breadth of the entrance overall. I would also add lighting fixtures on either side of the door (remove the single light above the door --very garage-ish). Instead of tearing up the concrete, I would line the edges leading up to the door with an array of potted plants of all different shapes and sizes. This would make it feel a little less formal (it's a back door, after all). Good luck!
The-Grizz The-Grizz 5 years
WOW I have some how missed all of you responses :-( Thank you for these suggestions. For some reason I never thought about fixing the driveway. I think that will help quite a bit. I was really hoping to fix this as pain free as possible...meaning without having to install a larger door. However, I don't think there are too many other options. Should I do French doors or maybe just a door with windows on both sides?
ella1978 ella1978 5 years
Hm.. I would take up the concrete as Casa suggested and either put in grass, or a nice private patio! Def. seperate the house from the pavement of the driveway.. even with a patio, make a buffer of hedges, trees, arborvite?? Something like that.. I would widen the opening in the wall and put in double/frech doors w/ a transom out onto the patio. Then you could also add a little flavor with a pergola.
EricaJane EricaJane 5 years
i really like casa's suggestions. getting rid of that little bit of driveway is really smart. as for the wall, you could grow ivy along it.
lauren lauren 5 years
It is a cute little house! I think two succulent wall frames would look great. They are low maintenance and pretty easy to take care of. You could also build an arbor and get a vine for each side or even two pots will lattice for each side. Can't wait to see what you do!
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