One remodel with a new entry addition and a facelift later, and: BOOM, street presence and an entry foyer. By internalizing the front stairs, and moving the entry door to ground level, we ensure a privacy buffer. No longer is someone at the front door just one step from the heart of the house.
And, take a look at the gutters and downspouts – we didn’t remove them with the remodel, but because we added trim to the all the windows, they are no longer the sole highlighted feature. Even if we had gone with contrasting light trim, there would be enough of it that the downspouts would just be part of a greater system.