Exterior Design Improvement

Exterior Design ImprovementFixing the exterior of your home is very important to add value without spending an exorbitant amount of money. The curb appeal of your home is the first impression that people will get, so modernizing its appearance should be high on your to-do list. Here are some ideas on how to improve the appearance of your house’s exterior.

Consider planting bushes, flowers, fresh fruits, and vegetables as part of your yard. Look for low maintenance options so you do not have to constantly be watering, weeding, and pruning them. Also consider perennial flowers to add a pop of color that will come back every year. When arranging the plants, consult with an expert landscape designer. You should be sure to vary the size and style of the plants as well. A combination of taller shrubs with low-lying flowers or ivy adds interest to your design. Also consider features of your home you want to highlight… and want to hide. A few smaller potted plants may work well on your front porch by the entryway, and a taller, more obstructive plant could cover eyesores like electric meters, gas lines and water hoses.

Add more interest to the exterior of your home by adding some contrast. Having a lot of plant life is nice, but be sure to break up the greenery with some metal, stone, and wooden features.  Industrial elements like metal barns, pergolas and awnings can help to define areas. A nice sitting area with a fire pit can be a relaxing getaway from the stress of daily life. Also consider things like a birdbath, fountain, or other water feature to mix things up. Stone or gravel sidewalks can also help to break up the yard into defined zones, adding contrast and in turn, beautifying the area.

Keep the area neat and clean. Sweep debris off the sidewalks, clean the gutters, and be sure to cut your lawn regularly. Even if you have nice features to your yard, if it is unkempt, it will look terrible. Add a fresh coat of paint to the siding and shutters, re-caulk windows and doors, and change any light bulbs that may have burnt out. When it comes to improving the exterior of your home, the small things can add up! But with regular attention, the additions do not have to break the bank.

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