Since we cleared up the landscaping we decided we were not really fond of the starkness of the front of the house. The porch area with the turquoise door has some interesting elements and will hopefully look great once we figure out how to update the columns and put up the decorative shutters again. In contrast, the other side of the house just looks blah now. And yes, this photo is right before we planted the oak trees.
There is not much we can do besides adding a bunch of landscaping in front but we wanted to add a bit of character to the house itself. In comes climbing ivy. We asked around a bit before planting it to make sure it wouldn’t damage the integrity of our walls but we got the all clear.