Copy the Curb Appeal: Knoxville, Tennessee

Prefit Magazine took a spin through Knoxville to round up eye-catching houses loaded with inspiring ideas.

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The House

Built in: 2011. Size: 4,250 sq. ft. “Even though we built our house, it’s in a historic neighborhood, so we wanted it to fit in. We love all its cottage-y touches, like the window boxes, the brick path and the cutouts on the shutters,” say homeowners Chris and Colleen Austin.

Portico

Surprise! The ceiling of the portico is finished with tongue-and-groove boards painted to match the shutters and the door.

Front Door

The curved glass at the top of the wood front door echoes the shape of the portico. “It may not be a traditional door, but I love all the glass,” says Colleen. “It really brightens our entry.” 

412VA fir door, from $916, roguevalleydoor.com for stores; Paint: Wedgewood Gray by Benjamin Moore

Shutters

Diamond-shaped cutouts, a Colonial-revival detail, give the flat-panel shutters a distinctive look. 

Classic Collection Board and Batten 30" x 18" composite shutters in white, $390 for a set of 2, hooksandlattice.com; Paint: Wedgewood Gray by Benjamin Moore

Doormat

Threshold Exploded Floral coir doormat, $13, target.com

Light Fixture

Hampton Bay 1-Light 16"H x 6"-diameter resin hanging lantern, $30, homedepot.com

Doorknob

Octagon brass and crystal doorknob set, $110, houseofantiquehardware.com

Doorbell

Chesnier 3 ¼" x 1 ½" brass doorbell, $18, signaturehardware.com

Planters

These are made with crushed natural stone blended
with resin, so they’re lightweight and weather-resistant.

Bell 29 ¼"H x 26"-diameter granite planter, $100, homedepot.com

Paint Colors

House: Pebble White by Glidden; Shutters and Front Door: Wedgewood Gray by Benjamin Moore; Trim: White Dove by Benjamin Moore

The House

Built in: 1935; Bought in: 2009; Size: 3,100 sq. ft. “We dreaded the idea of buying a house that needed a full renovation, and this one was in bad shape. But we were smitten by its old-fashioned slate roof and the oversize window box, and we could see the home’s potential, even if it would take lots of work,” say homeowners Chris and Bethann Williams.

Roof

In 2011, the Williamses replaced the cracked slate shingles with new ones, which have developed a patina that feels in sync with the 82-year-old house.

Front Door

The original door needed only a coat of paint. Chris and Bethann chose this taupe to complement the color of the mortar between the bricks.

Masonite 9-Lite steel door, from $453.50, homedepot.com; Paint: Pashmina by Benjamin Moore

Doormat

Kaleen Matira Stripe polypropylene rug, $37, allmodern.com

Light Fixtures

Hinkley Lighting Bingham 12½"-tall brass wall lantern in sienna, $229, wayfair.com

Doorknob

Baldwin Baltimore handleset in Venetian bronze finish, $276.50, build.com

Flowerpot

Spanish 9 ½"H x 11 ½"-diameter porcelain flowerpot in parrot green, $70, bauerpottery.com

Window Box

30"W x 8"D x 7½"H galvanized metal window box in white, $38, hooksandlattice.com

Paint Color

Front Door and Trim: Pashmina by Benjamin Moore

The House

Built in: 1920; Bought in: 2002: Size: 2,000 sq. ft. “When I bought this house, the whole thing was painted white. Choosing a few different shades of beige for the siding added dimension and highlighted the home’s charming Craftsman style,” says homeowner Tim Helton.

Pathway

Tim wanted a flagstone path leading to the front door, but it was too pricey. His affordable alternative: stamped concrete.

Front Door

“The oak door used to be covered with paint and hidden behind a storm door, so you couldn’t see how beautiful it is,” Tim says. He removed the storm door, then stripped, sanded, stained and sealed the wood.

Custom oak and glass door, from $2,900, jeld-wen.com for stores

House Numbers

Asbury 3 ½"-tall ceramic tile house numbers, $11 each, and 6 ½" x 3 ½" metal bracket, $28, all schoolhouseelectric.com

Door Handle

Cerberus brass handleset in antique copper finish, $53, overstock.com

Doormat

A1 Home Collections Chevron coir doormat in indigo, $31.50, amazon.com

Light Fixture

Exteriors Craftmade Mission 1-Light 10"-tall brass wall lantern in burnished copper finish, $99, bellacor.com

Planters

Two tall tapered pots mimic the shape of the porch’s substantial columns.

Column 12"W x 12"D x 33"H stainless steel planter in copper finish, $169, grandinroad.com

Paint Colors

House: Safari Bisque Beige by Glidden; Trim: Meeting House White by Glidden; Trim: Grey Squirrel by Glidden

The House

Built in: 1920; Bought in: 2008; Size: 3,000 sq. ft. “Many houses on our street are registered as historic places. It’s so picturesque, like living in a Norman Rockwell painting. We love the way the buttery yellow of our house looks against all the greenery around it,”  say homeowners Kim and Shannon McCullock.

Decorative Window

A unique fixed-pane window — four glass diamonds setwithin a diamond-shaped frame — breaks up the
expanse of staggered shingle siding, a hallmark of Craftsman-era homes.

Front Door

The home’s original wood door was nothing special, so Kim and Shannon replaced it with a steel version with a leaded glass window. The burgundy color gives it a throwback feel. 

ReliaBilt 4-Panel steel door, from $227, lowes.com; Paint: Spanish Tile by Valspar

Doormat

Mushroom coir doormat, $35, amalsroom.com

House Numbers

Arts and Crafts 5"-tall copper house numbers, $28 each, houseofantiquehardware.com

Ceiling Fan

Harbor Breeze Tilghman 52"-diameter plastic, wood and metal ceiling fan in new bronze finish, $100, lowes.com

Mailbox

Grid copper wall-mount mailbox in antique finish, $149, signaturehardware.com

Light Fixture

Addison Park 12 ½"-tall aluminum wall light in bronze finish, $120, lampsplus.com

Flower Pot

Southern Patio Ceramix Sydney 17"H x 16"-diameter resin bowl pot, $20, homedepot.com

Pillow

Polka Dot 18 ½" x 18 ½" pillows in red, $66 for a set of 2, pillowperfect.com

Rocking Chair

International Concepts acacia porch rocker in unfinished wood, $114, hayneedle.com

Paint Colors

House (top): Sail Cloth by Behr; House (bottom): Summer Bliss by Behr; Front Door: Spanish Tile by Valspar; Trim: Antique White by Sherwin-Williams