How to Modernize Your Home's Curb Appeal
Want to improve your home’s curb appeal? Check out this before and after reveal of an exterior renovation we recently completed. A few small changes such as removing a dated feature (the brick arches) and replacing the door made the home look modern and fresh. We even recycled the brick on this project!
Do you want to modernize the look of your home’s exterior? If you love your home but feel it is lacking in curb appeal, then these tips are for you! There are ways to improve the look of your home without spending a huge amount of money. The trick is to focus on the areas that will have the biggest impact on curb appeal.
Modernize Dated Features
Some architectural features were very common in a certain decade, but not very common anymore. This means that homes with these features often look very dated and tied to the decade that they were built in. In this home, the major feature that dated the home was the brick, especially the brick arches in the entryway. This was a very common feature in the eighties, and many homes in Edmonton feature this! But if you want to move away from an eighties’ look for your home exterior, changing this major exterior feature makes a huge difference.
In this renovation, we removed the arches and put in a beam and purlin details instead. We used LUX metal cladding on the posts. This is a beautiful, zero-maintenance product that gives the home exterior a totally new look.
We also used LUX architectural siding in the peak of the garage roof, and by adding this small detail to the peak we brought in a really nice accent to the home.
Focus on Changes With the Largest Impact
What catches your eye the most when you look at your home’s exterior? In the case of this home, the garage door was especially prominent. We could have just repainted the door, but since this was such an eye-catching part of the exterior, it was worth it to go with a totally new door with a totally new look. The door we chose has a really modern look, and it has the added benefit of increasing the amount of natural light inside the garage. If you want the changes you make to really stand out, pay attention to the most noticeable areas of your home and think about what kind of changes would modernize their look.
In the case of this renovation, we focused on the front of the home. We did do a little painting around the sides and the back of the home, but we knew it was the changes to the front that would have the biggest impact, so this is where we focused. You don’t necessarily have to go all-out and renovate every detail of your home, but you can focus on changes that will have the biggest impact on curb appeal.
Think About Finishing Touches
If you’re doing the work of updating your home’s exterior, think about all the finishing touches that you would like to include since you’re doing the work anyway. In this home, we added a Christmas light outlet in the entry, so it would be more convenient to light up in the house at Christmastime. If you have areas around your home where another electrical outlet would be really handy, now is the time to do it. Or maybe one corner of your home is really dark—now is a great time to install an exterior light in that area.
Maybe after reading this you still want a little professional advice and guidance on your exterior renovation project. This is where talking to your contractor can help! Reach out to me here at Contact Renovations and Custom Homes if you have any questions!
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