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New house wondering where to start

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We aren't completely landscaped yet but we'd still like to get something up for Christmas. As you can see, we only have wood fascia up very high so I'm scratching my head as to how to affix things to the house and we need larger scale decorations. So far, I've only got lights on the juliet railings on the house and garage and lights on the upright trees against the house.  Eventually, we'd like to have a REALLY large display, but for now, I'm trying to figure out how to get anything attached to the house.  I'm open to any and all suggestions!! TIA


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Welcome, Gorgeous Home! No gutters on there? If not, your best bet would be to do shingle clips/tabs for the quick fix along the roof lines with C9 led bulbs. You have many options from there for the long term. Mounting you could do Hooks, or create PVC pipe runs with the lights attached to them for easy up and down. You would just need clips to hold the PVC in place attached to the house. You would tie the lights to the PVC with zip ties or removable straps, then fasten to the house via the clips.

Same goes for the windows if you want to outline- For ease of application you can do the same concept. Just create the pvc frames and setup.

Check this thread lots of good info.

Question is are you doing static/animation. LED or Pixels?  With the upper wood fascia on the top you might be able to permanently install pixel strips behind the boards if your using RGB. Some members have done this with success. 

As far as where to start - if that was my house I would get the windows done/ main roof lines and the verticals "frame" of the house. You house has lots of possibilities, just depends on what your budget and setup will be.

You didn't mention the type of lights you have, so It's hard to guess.

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