Color Contest Home Exterior Remodel Recommendations Recap

Have you voted in this year’s Shake It Up Color Contest yet? If not, there is still time to cast your vote for your favorite home makeover and help the homeowner win the grand prize. Since time is getting short, here is a recap of the three before and after images along with a quick review of the changes that were made to each home. Take a look and then take a moment to vote for your favorite.

Tennessee Homeowner Hopes Third Time’s The Charm!

For anyone one that thinks there is only one perfect color scheme for a home — think again. For the third year in a row that this home has been selected as a finalist in the Shake It Up Color Contest and each year (see year 1 and year 2) I have come up with a different look. I like each of the different color schemes and am curious as to which one the owners like best. Do you have a favorites? Tell me in the comments below.

Following my FRESH approach to selecting exterior colors, I decided that this year I would go neutral with the siding and trim colors and let the roof be the color star. A 

The gray color from one of the tiles in the roof was carried into the peak beneath both gables using Benjamin Moore Timber Wolf 1600 a lighter tint of a similar color — Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray HC-170​ — was used for the trim.

The front door was replaced with a Therma-Tru Classic-Craft American Style Collection fiberglass entry door stained in cedar with a doorlite and sidelites in the Aborwatch decorative glass style.

New shutters were added and urethane timber square pot shelves both from Fypon were placed around the front windows. Fypon Urethane Timber Stained Brackets above the door and near the dormer window added nice architectural accents to this home.

The columns on the front and side porch were covered with Fypon’s popular Column Wraps. I also replaced the privacy lattice on the side porch with a stained grid work that complimented the other elements of this home.

Last I recommend sprucing up the landscaping and adding pavers for a walkway and edging the area in front of the home.

Of the many colors schemes that could update the look of your home, I find this one especially pleasing and hope you (and the homeowners) do, too.

Contest Finalist Sees Their Home With New Colors, Roof, Door and More

The Tucker family rhymed their way into one of the top finalist spots in the Shake It Up Color Contest. Based on their makeover-worthy words I put together recommendations to shake up their Cape Cod home. I wonder if this new look will inspire the homeowners to write another poem?

Home Exterior Makeover For Color Contest Finalist - Tucker

Starting with color from the top down I replaced the roof that was too light in color with a DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Slate in Slate Gray. It made an immediate and very noticeable improvement.

Black is a popular door color choice for a brick home however in it looked more like a dark void than an inviting entrance. To give the entrance a more welcoming I chose a Therma-Tru Classic-Craft Canvas Double Doors with 2/3 Lite 1 Panel with Longford glass.

Then I choose a paint color that complements the brick color — Sherwin-Williams SW 6941 Nifty Turquoise as a cheerful update for the entryway.

The shutters were replaced with Fypon Double Raised Panel Shutters. Instead of matching the shutters to the door color I selected a darker shade in the same color family. Sherwin-Williams SW 0064 Blue Peacock was my choice to frame the windows and set off the turquoise on the door.

The Tucker’s have been dreaming of adding a porch to the front. To help them make that dream a reality a small gabled roof and Fypon Balustrade System create a strong focal feature on the front of this previously unassuming exterior. The products used to create this look were

  • Fypon Square Plain Columns –  10-1/2X10-1/2X108 SMOOTH
  • 5” Baluster Top & Bottom Rail with BALUSTER PANELSQUARE 28X28X1-1/4 on sides
  • BAL2x28SQ can be used to fill space if needed one the side of each panel square

Last, replacing the existing walkway with a curved design and more landscaping softens the approach and moves the eye towards the entrance.

Virginia Woman Earns A Diploma And A Home Exterior Makeover!

The dreams to earning her college diploma recently became a reality for this Virginia homeowner. Now she waits to find out if her dream winning the 2015 Shake It Up Color Contest is also going to come true.

Contest Finalist Earns A Diploma And Home Exterior Makeover!
Going bold with color was the recipe for remodeling this adorable home. The existing roof was replaced with a DaVinci Roofscapes Multi-Width Shake in TahoeThe warm brown is a perfect color choice and with its 50-year guarantee it will last this grad though to retirement.

For the siding I recommend Benjamin Moore Cottage Red PM-15 with Benjamin Moore Cloud White 967 for the trim.

The missing door was replaced with a Therma-Tru Fiberglass Classic-Craft Canvas Door CCV205 painted Benjamin Moore Gargoyle 1546 and the existing railing plus another to match on the other side of the door were constructed from Fypon Balustrade System – BTR5X96, BAL2X32SQ.

The outdated windows were replace with double hung windows with grids in the upper sash only to create a “band” that carries your eye across the front of the home. The trim around the windows adds a nice architectural element.

Last the landscaping was spruced up and the walk and steps covered with pavers.

I think these design ideas are ones that will make this recent grad proud to call this house home.

Now that you’ve got a recap of the remodels for the three color contest finalist it’s time to vote for your favorite home exterior makeover —

Vote for your favorite makeover now!