Monday, October 6, 2008

Stoners.


This house is on my dog-walking route.

That is a LOT of stone. Holy cow. Too much?

Thoughts?

32 comments:

Be the change..... said...

maybe with plants (ivy, hehe) it will look much better -but ya..thats a LOT of stone! Cute house though, but the windows look TINY.

cybill said...

Yes, that stone is overwhelming but hopefully there will be a great deal of greenery going in (and if not, there should be).

Lisa said...

I agree, it's a lot of grey at the moment, but I think I need to withold judgement until the landscapin is done. The yard looks pretty sloped, so this could just be a base for some fabulous plants.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they're building a moat, which would be really cool.

Decorno said...

Good point, all.

I think they are very close to planting (or may have already done so). I will take an "after" photo soon to show everyone how it turns out.

summerdavid said...

Yeah, I think with landscaping it will be softer and, IMO, prettier.

Susan said...

Way too much! It might look nice with falls running down on both sides and some white water.

Jules said...

I think it's going to look fine once the landscaping is done. My inlaws did something similar and planted a tree and flowers in each of their (very large) planters.

KatinkaPinka said...

hopefully it will look less like a concrete and stone wonderland with some greenery.

Anonymous said...

I just love the term "honey bucket"

alis said...

I agree with everyone else, will look much easier on the eye when they plant things. The stones are kind of cute, but with the grey dusty soil and grey house it looks too much at the moment.

Katie @ makingthishome.com said...

I just can't get over one thing:

How is grandma going to manage to come visit?
(Then again, fewer salesmen...)

Decorina said...

It is a lot of grey for Seattle area. And removal of the construction toilet will help. But after it is planted it will be beautiful. It would be better if the house color wasn't so close to the grey of the stone, too, but I really envy them the stone walls.

Great Dame said...

Pros:
1)at least it looks like real stone instead of cultured stone.
2)And it will look softer with plants filling in, especially if some foundation plants go in at the base of the house too.

Cons:
1) That is an ASS of steps.
2)Work isn't done yet, but I hope they add stone wall caps, and stone treads and risers to all the concrete steps. Until then, it looks like a LOT of gray.

If I were designing it, I would add stone piers at the outer corners and at the levels where the steps meet the walls. But then, everyone is a critic!

drwende said...

Plant a sort of English garden with colorful flowers at high density, hang some flower baskets from the eaves, and it'll look like a Thomas Kinkaid painting. That may run a little twee, but it won't be so stalag-like.

Christine in DC said...

Planted will be better...

I just wanted to say how much I hate construction toilets.

John said...

Wow, I wonder if the construction workers are only allowed to wear grey too.

Agreed with all that plants will definitely improve this (and then probably make me jealous of it). They could also paint the stairs so they aren't so builder-concrete-colored.

milly said...

TOO MUCH~~~~

Perfectly Disgraceful said...

Maybe they needed to do it as some kind of foundation thing to shore up the slope? Maybe the ground was washing away what with all this End Times climate change?

So yeah, it might look better with a lot of greenery hiding the stones, or it will end up looking like a fortress.

Alice Almighty said...

My main problem is the combination of ugly yard + ugly house. Get rid of the double-trouble columns, use some color...um get a personality, and I think perhaps the pile-o-rocks might fade a little. {at least they don't have a faux lamp post. I despise those.}

in need of coffee, Alice

Kwana said...

Way too much of all one color and shape I think.

Anonymous said...

I love the cute grey house, especially if they had a red door. Not lipstick red, but you know, pretty merlot red. And LOTS of plants.

I still refer to those things as 'Honey Buckets' even though I now live in Alaska. My husband always wonders wtf I'm talking about. Must be a WA thing/co.

DecorPad said...

I agree! Overload!

Anonymous said...

Yes, very bad. The site work doesn't relate to the house at all.

Roxanne said...

I hope plants soften it up, the stone for me is too harsh, I think they should've mixed up the colors.

Anonymous said...

Why would you ever make yourself walk up MORE steps everyday is my question..

pve design said...

Do the Flintstones live there?
Looks like a-too-much-a stone- for the house!

RobtW said...

Bonus points for real stone, I suppose, but did they have to use the cement steps as the cue for an Arangement in Grey and Grey and More Grey?

Greenery. Lots of greenery, trailing, climbing, dense greenery might help a bit, but, unless it's a genuine Cotswolds cottage or a trailer in the countryside, no flowers in front gardens, ever (well, maybe confined to a pot or two.)

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Way, way too much, but I hope there will be lots of plants foaming over the terraces, et cetera. That will tone it all down.

Alex said...

First pop Advil then plant the ivy. Will look fabulous in a year or. Maybe even pread some mayo & buttermilk on the stone start some moss growing.

Anonymous said...

ouch, that is my house. thanks for the comments everyone. plantings to follow shortly i promise!

Lisa Hunter said...

Are they burying a Pharoah?