Curb appeal, why?
Because I said so and because its important! What is the very first thing that people see when they come to your home? Exactly, the lovely exterior. You don't want to put a sour taste in peoples mouths before they have even had a chance to see how amazingly beautiful the interior of your home is. So whether it’s a home that your planning on living in for the next…maybe forever or if your planning on packing up your things and moving on down the road, the overall look of your home gives people the first impression. Curb Appeal is a key factor in the overall feel of your home, after all you do have to come face to face with it every time you come home. With the housing market going crazy these days, I thought it would a great time to touch on the outward appearance of your home.
Curb Appeal - Yes Its Important!
Being the first thing you see when you come home every day, you want to feel good about your home both inside and the out. Its hard to appreciate all the lovely things that are going on inside your home when the outside is anything but pretty. So where to start? You might ask. Well I have taken a typical BC box to help give you an idea of how you could transform the outside of your home. So let’s get started. Here is the home in question…
Ok, so its not terrible…..but it could definitely use some love. So first things first:
Curb Appeal – Tidy Things Up.
This may seem like a no brainer to you but you’d be surprised. Anything that doesn’t need to be there, doesn’t serve a purpose or is just downright ugly, get rid of it or move it to the back shed (if you have hoarding tendencies, I suggest you just get rid of it). Part of tidying the yard does include the yard work, so mow the lawn, trim the hedges, weed the garden beds, you know what I’m talking about. The thing about the yard work though, is it isn’t just a one-time job and does need to be looked after on a regular basis. Remember, the outside of your home says a lot about who you are, I am sure you have worked you’re a$$ off for your home so take pride in it. So whether you work crazy long hours and just don’t have time to keep up with the yard work or you simply don’t want to do it…I’m sure little Tommy down the road could use an extra $10 each week.
Curb Appeal – Clean the Siding and Windows.
You will be surprised what this could do for your home! Long story short, the boys in my home shot a nerf dart at the front window and made a bet to see how long it would stay up there…its now been four years. Ok seriously though, when was the last time that you cleaned the outside of your windows, let alone your siding? If your having a hard time seeing out of your windows, its probably time to give them some attention. If you are thinking that your siding color is looking a little dull, sometimes all it needs is a wash. If you despise the siding color of your home and have hopes of painting it…you still need to wash it before you can apply any paint. So get out your rubber gloves, the suds and the pressure washer and start beautifying your home.
Curb Appeal – Quick Fix, Paint the Exterior.
The overall look of homes has changed hugely even over the past twenty years, in some cases, yes homes were built with timeless appeal but overall, the average 20-30-year-old home is now ready for a face-lift. A great way to update the look of your home is to paint the siding and trim. Colors that were chosen back in the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s may not exactly be the colors that you would choose today unless your into the pinks and yellowy beige's…(note: I am not judging you, just the colors! ) Adding paint is a simple, budget friendly, instant satisfaction way to get the updated look you want. If it is in your budget, you could always opt for “Hardy Board” siding, even if its just on the front face of the house.
Curb Appeal – Give Some Attention to the Windows, Add a Casing.
A simple way to modernize your home is to just add a casing to the window. Many of the older homes don’t have this and sometime they even have shutters instead( and I’m not talking about the ones your dream about when you’re a little kid on that perfect dreeamy home, I’m talking about the ones that you should probably just get rid of… like yesterday). However, I find that these windows without a casing in this context, look week and unfinished. So no matter what style your going for, you can complete it with a casing (I would go on the thicker side) and you will have a much more finished look.
Note: This is also a budget friendly option in updating the exterior look of your home.
Curb Appeal – Give Some Character to the Front Door, Start With Some Paint.
Adding some color and style to the front door is a great way to inject some of your own personality in to the home. Its especially a great idea when you are working with a BC box, as the exterior of the home is usually lacking in the style department…I am sure you know exactly what I am talking about. A colored door can be so much fun; it not only freshens up the front of the home but also gives it some character, along with a great base to work with when it comes to accessorizing. When complete, you can always finish it of with a statement wreath! I love seasonal wreaths they are a perfect accessory to add to your Curb Appeal.
Curb Appeal – Dream it, Do it!
So, I dreamt up a quick fix for this old BC box and this is what I came up with…of course this comes after cleaning up the yard that is... I changed a few more things other than just tidying, cleaning and painting. Along with painting the exterior, I added Hardie Plank to the front of the home; Cultured stone, to give it some more texture, new windows and casing in the front to strengthen the appearance of the home; a built out entrance, for extra room to move around (for any of you who own a BC Box, you know that it is very common to have a split level entry leaving no room to move around once you open the door); new front door, painted in a beautiful aqua and adding some personalized character to the home; a proper handrail on the entrance stairs; and lastly, I chose to paint the existing cement to a light grey, as the red just wasn't doing it for me.
1. Hudsons Bay Cultured Stone
2. Hardie Plank Lap Siding - Boothbay Blue
3. Jeldwin Sliding Window in Black
4. Trex Reveal Railing in Black
5. Home Depot - Steves and Sons Craftsman Door with Side Panels
If you have any questions about the Curb Appeal of your home, I would love to hear from you, leave me a comment or share a picture of your current curb appeal on my facebook page, or head over to my website and let me know how I can help you transform the exterior of your home!