The exterior paint job is finished! I chose a neutral medium grey trimmed in white. I considered more interesting color schemes, but let's face it -- the house is a flat, plain little box, and any attempt at elegance would just be silly. :)
Nonetheless, even a plain ranch house can benefit from a few aesthetic upgrades. I replaced the ancient entry door. I also had the absurd chimney pipe cut down and boxed in. Painted grey, it's a lot less conspicuous. I'll also add new light fixtures and new house numbers. I haven't decided what color to paint the entry door. What do you think?
And the rear view. When I bought the house, the only way to get to the backyard was to go out through the garage. That got annoying fast. I had the dining room window changed to a door (sliding glass would be the first thought, but using a regular door and sidelight meant I could keep the same 48" framing from the window, greatly reducing the need to cut into the exterior walls). The temporary steps look silly, but they'll do for now. I also had the dog door hole repaired as best it could be.
The next major task is an overhaul of the utterly pathetic front yard. Unfortunately, it will have to wait a while. In the meantime, its barren state will be perfect for a Halloween graveyard! ;-)