Then once the new column was built, we were going to install the downspout behind the column instead of right smack in the front where it was.
However, once the column was built, the downspout looked terrible sitting beside it. And the gutters were in really bad shape anyway, so we decided to replace them and move the drainage and the downspout beside the house.
Downspouts are just a problem aren’t they? You have to have them but there’s rarely a way to make them look good.
The best thing to do is to either paint them the same colour as the house or chose the closest colour to the siding if you are getting new ones.
These were the closest options (above). As you can see, Gentek Wicker was too green in comparison, Almond too yellow, making Cashmere the winner for the closest colour to match my pinky/taupe siding.
Our siding needs to be replaced too because the colour is not my favourite but no I’m not going to paint it before I replace it. The point of vinyl siding is that it’s maintenance free. I would only paint vinyl siding if you had a small area of it on your house and it was clearly the wrong colour.
Did you have any idea they make your gutters right on site? Fascinating.
I chose white simply because it coordinates with my trim colour. Gentek has one white so if you are choosing finishes for your house, make sure you chose the gutters first so that you can then match the trim colour.
One of my True Colour Experts™ wrote a great post about gutters and downspouts here.
And here’s the location of my new downspout! The colour is pretty darn close, I was very happy with it.
If they don’t have a colour that coordinates with your siding then the best thing to do is paint them, but they should be removed and sprayed with a special industrial paint. See your paint store for more details on how to do it properly.
And here’s another photo of our the landscaping before this project even started along with the banged up gutters and the small post holding up the portico!
And here’s the after. So nice to have the gutter away from my lovely new column.
More plant material will come to fill the beds of course, but the all the shrubs in the rest of the beds have to be planted first. I really love the boxwood!
Usually your gutters will coordinate with the trim colour but there are times when they just stand out too much and it’s better to have them relate to the roof. Downspouts should always match the building so that they disappear.
Here’s an update of what it looks like now (2020):
The Devil is in the Details: Update on my Landscape Project
Pure Painters Paint Better Doors
White Limewashed Brick Homes
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