The red brick was hard and lifeless before. A limewash (paint diluted with water and mixed with sand) softened up the harsh brick. If I had an ugly red brick house I would certainly do this to it. I hate red brick. And I bet (the the south anyway)
Penny A Victorian 'Countryesque' house with a wrap around porch that looks like it was ripped from the pages of Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' during the winter with a lot of room for a huge garden in the summer! Pretty much my dream house
Janice Parker Landscape Design / I love the retaining wall idea, it would be perfect for our house, we'd just need to increase the height of the one we already have to create a level area surrounding the main entry.