Re: front entry
I can see your point, those steps do leave much to be desired.
First, I would contemplate the entire facade of the house and driveway, then try to bring ALL of those components together. For instance, you may not need to change out the steps at all. What if you brought the level of the grass up to the steps to hide that hideous side. Ditch the lattice under the porch for block or stone, and landscape between the steps and existing porch to hide the other ugly side of the steps.
Right now, as I see it, you've got ugly steps grafted onto the structure, they are not incorporated/integrated. With landscaping you can soften them into the environment. By adding stone or block in place of the lattice, you're bringing in more "masonry" feel and mass, so that the concrete steps are no longer the "sore thumb" part of the equation.
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