I’m back home from my whirlwind trip to Salt Lake City, had a great time at the conference and got a chance to connect with a lot of blog friends too. Yesterday I did a little shopping since I’m sprucing the sit down section of our courtyard and wanted to pick up a few colorful accessories. I’m hoping to pull it together and show you later this week!
We also spent some time in the yard doing all those necessary things like feeding and watering that come with shrubs and plants that are blooming once more – this is that time of year that gets us all thinking about ways to improve the outdoor areas. Today contributing writer Shannon from AKA Design is back to share with you eight additional ways to add curb appeal to your home.
“It’s a fact, a house with pretty curb appeal stands out in a neighborhood. Often curb appeal is a priority when a house is being listed for sale, but it needn’t be reserved solely for that occasion. Improving your home’s curb appeal adds to its value, and a home that possesses it brings a smile to both the homeowner and the neighbors that pass by, demonstrating that the home is well loved and well cared for.
Kate wrote a post called Curb Appeal: 8 Weekend DIY Projects back in 2012. Her ideas are still applicable and included painting or replacing the front door, creating a container garden, adding window boxes, creating a porch seating area, adding architectural accents, updating garage doors, investing in good landscaping and lighting a pathway to the front door. To build on those ideas, here are eight more ways to add that extra something special that will improve the impression of your home’s exterior.
1. Spruce Up the Side Yard. Whether it’s the space adjacent to the garage or the area of yard that includes the gates, the side yard shouldn’t be overlooked when improving a home’s curb appeal. Extend the front yard landscaping around to the side and consider including an arbor, gate, or attractive pathway.
2. Add a Fence. There’s a reason we all cite the “white picket fence” as the ideal, it adds depth and encloses the yard but also draws the attention of a passersby with its clean lines and classic style. Other styles of fencing are equally attractive depending on the style of the home. Front yard fencing in the form of stone, wrought iron, or a wooden all accomplish the same delineation of property lines and offer a a place to anchor shrubs or grow trellising vines.
3. Repair Driveways and Improve Walkways. Our last house had a horrible driveway and no matter how we improved exterior of the house and yard, the driveway problems were still an eyesore. Take the time to fix cracks or pot holes and then reseal your driveway yourself, hire a professional if you’re unwilling to tackle the DIY aspects or if the problem is beyond your abilities. Also, eliminate any weeds from walkways or paths to your front door.
4. Upgrade Your Address Numbers. Besides being that necessary beacon for fire and emergency departments, house numbers also charm and personality to a home and it’s a detail that sets a home apart from its neighbors.
5. Put your Patriotism on Display. No matter if you live in the U.S. or Canada or somewhere else in the world, your home country’s flag can be a decorative accent when hung with pride.
6. Arrange an Outdoor Room. If you are lucky enough to have a front porch, veranda, or covered deck you can create a welcoming entry by setting up an outdoor room. Include seating, side tables, and decorative accessories to encourage visitors to sit and stay awhile.
7. Spell Out Your Welcome. Make visitors welcome in a literal way with a mat, sign, or vinyl application. Mailboxes and doors have the potential to become stylish billboards for cheeky sayings or simple greetings.
8. Be Consistent with Visible Window Treatments. What you see inside the windows from the street matters as much as what is outside. Try to keep all the window treatments visible from your front yard cohesive – include a liner on the backside of panels and shades or using a consistent style of treatment to ensure uniformity.
Armed with these eight ideas (as well as Kate’s original eight), you’ll be able to perk up your home’s exterior and amplify its curb appeal in no time flat!”
Thank you Shannon for your insight today, I love all of these thoughtful tips! How many of you are thinking about sprucing up your exteriors? What steps will you be taking this spring and summer to add more curb appeal to your home?