Adding curb appeal to your home
THAT LOVE at firstglance attraction, that real estate people call curb appeal, is becoming increasingly more important to the value of your home. Curb appeal allows you to keep your biggest asset in an attractive and well-maintained condition. So how do you add curb appeal? Here are some pointers.
1. CREATE PERFECT SYMMETRY
Symmetry is not only pleasing to the eye, it’s also the simplest to arrange. Symmetrical compositions of light fixtures and frontdoor accents create welcoming entryways.
2. DRESS UP THE FRONT DOOR
Your home’s front entry is the focal point of its curb appeal. Make a statement by giving your front door a blast of colour with paint or by installing a custom wood door. Clean off any dirty spots around the knob, and use metal polish on the door fixtures. Your entry should also reflect the home’s interior, so choose a swag or a wreath that reflects your personal style.
3. DO A MAILBOX MAKEOVER
Mailboxes should complement the home and express the homeowner’s personality. When choosing a hanging drop box, pick a box that mirrors your home’s trimmings. Dress up posted boxes by staining or painting the wooden post to match the house’s trim and woodwork. Create structures for your box from materials found throughout the hardscaping.
4. INSTALL OUTDOOR LIGHTING
Low-voltage landscape lighting makes a huge impact on your home’s curb appeal while also providing safety and security. Fixtures can add accent lighting to trees or the house or can illuminate a walking path.
Container gardens add a welcoming feel and colourful appeal to any home exterior – quickly and affordably. You can buy ready-made containers from garden centres or create your own with your favourite plants. For most landscapes, a staggered, asymmetrical arrangement works best to create a dynamic setting.
6. INSTALL WINDOW BOXES
Window boxes offer a fast, easy way to bring colour and charm to your home exterior. Choose boxes made from copper or iron for a traditional look, or painted wood for a cottage feel. Mix and match flowers and plants to suit your lighting conditions and colour scheme.
7.ADD OUTDOOR ART
Give your yard a little spunk by adding weatherresistant artwork. Choose pieces that complement your home’s natural palette and exterior elements. Birdbaths, metal cutouts, sculptures, and wind chimes are good choices for outdoor art. Water sculptures not only function as yard art, but the burbling sounds soothe and make hot days feel cooler. Place fountains on level ground in optimum hearing and sight vantage points. Avoid spots in leaf-dropping range.
8. ADD SHUTTERS OR ACCENT TRIM
Shutters and trim add a welcoming layer of beauty to your home’s exterior. Shutters also control light and ventilation, and provide additional security. Exterior shutters can be made of wood, aluminium, vinyl, composite, or fibreglass. New composite materials, such as PVC resins or polyurethane, make trim details durable and low maintenance.
9. ADD ARBOURS OR FENCE PANELS
Arbours, garden gates, and short sections of decorative fence panels will enhance your garden and the value of your home. These amenities can be found in easy-to-build kits or prefab sections you simply connect together. For best results, paint or stain these items with colours already on your house.
10. TILE YOUR DOORSTEP
Create a permanent welcome mat by tiling or painting a design that contrasts with the porch floor or front stoop. Not only will you not have to worry about replacing the mat when it gets ratty, but you can impress your visitors with your creativity.
11.BUILD A WALKWAY
Well-designed walkways make your home feel warm and inviting. For a dramatic improvement to a straight concrete path, replace it with a contoured one made of stone or brick.
12. APPLY STONE VENEER
Nothing carries pedigree and permanence like stone. It’s a great option for dressing up exterior features such as concrete foundations, column footings, and other masonry details. Natural and manufactured stone can be costly options for large expanses, but both are affordable and well suited for use as accent material.