May 28th, 2010 by Lori Gilder | 1 Comment
Impressions are everything and you don’t have to be a real estate agent to know that a home with immense curb appeal is what makes potential buyers bite and at the same time gives us homeowners a deep sense of pride in our most valued possession.
Whether you’re planning to sell, or live there for years to come – if you want your home noticed, here are some projects that will provide a good return on investment at any time.
1. Define A Clear Pathway.
Clearly define a path to your front door, which leads into your home. Make sure to rid your pathway of any weeds poking through the cracks and line your path with some natural elements to draw people in.
2. Upgrade Your Front Door.
Installing a new front door will instantly enhance your home’s façade and sets a tone for what lies beyond. Make sure the new door compliments your home’s architecture, and if at all possible introduce some glass either within the door itself, a transom above or sidelights to the side. Consider painting the new door red or black for some added drama – and to draw some positive energy in.
3. Update Old Windows.
If your windows are single pane energy wasters it’s time to replace them with new energy efficient ones. Windows associated with the Energy Star label will save you money throughout the year and keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Dress up these new windows by adding some elegant window boxes with your favorite plants and flowers for a burst of color.
4. Replace Your Siding.
If your siding is dated or damaged then it’s time to update it. Replacing your siding is among the least costly upgrades you can make to your home and immediately boosts your home’s appeal. It’s available in a variety of colors and styles and will complement any home style.
5. Add a Porch or Deck.
Those charming front porches from years ago are back in vogue and decks, which have remained popular throughout the years, have evolved into multi-leveled outdoor living spaces complete with kitchens, spas and fire-pits. So whether you’re adding a porch, patio or deck onto your existing home, for a seamless transition make sure to get professional design help.
6. Architectural Details.
If the front of your home is void of details, then create some! Draw attention to your entryway by adding some chunky moldings. Create some visual interest by installing new window trims and shutters. You may even consider incorporating a charming new fence, trellis, or water feature.
Adding shrubs, flowers or container gardens add instant impact to your front yard. Create an inviting entrance by investing in a pair of architectural pots, fill them with flowering plants, and place them on the landing flanking the front door. Dig a new planting bed for flowers along the driveway or in front of your house.
Your roof could potentially cover anywhere from 40%-60% of your home’s overall visual appearance, so you want to make sure it’s in good condition. If any of the shingles need to be replaced then do so. If you’re replacing the roof select a new roofing material that compliments the style of your home.
Design a sense of drama by adding some energy efficient low LED or solar powered garden lights along your pathway and driveway, and highlight your home by accenting the façade with multiple layers of lighting. Include a pair of wall sconces flanking the front door and invest in quality finishes. Creating a welcoming glow throughout your property will draw your guests (or potential buyers) in.
10. Fresh Paint.
If the paint on your house looks gray, cracked and weathered then it’s time for a fresh coat of paint. Either tackle it yourself, or hire a professional to help. If cost and time are factors simply paint out the front door, window trims, shutters and any fencing in a fresh new color.
Oh and don’t forget to adorn your revamped exterior with some fabulous new jewelry! New house numbers, door handles and a mailbox will give your exterior that finished and cohesive look.
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Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2010 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.