Adding curb ap­peal to your home

Jamaica Gleaner - - BEAUTIFUL HOMES -

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.

5.CON­TAINER GAR­DENS

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.

Source: bhg.com

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