Home exteriors are as important as their interior. No matter how simple your house is, it can always look presentable by adorning it with plants or changing particular exterior parts of the house. You’ll feel good about living in your house, and it creates a lasting impression among passersby. Not to mention you’d also increase your home’s resale value if you do decide to move in the future.
As with any home improvement project, make sure you set a budget appropriately, including the cost you pay for contractors and other service providers. Materials can get crazy expensive if you don’t look for more affordable alternatives. If you are wondering about how to make your home exterior more appealing, here are some ways you can do:
Add Window Boxes
Window boxes add a warm touch to your home exteriors and increase your home’s curb appeal. They are boxes attached at the bottom of your outside windowsill for flowers and plants to be put in. Depending on what matches your theme and paint color, you can use wood, metal, or wrought iron for your window boxes. You can even mix and match indoor flowers and plants that you prefer with your other outdoor plants.
You can also choose to paint your window boxes the color you like. Paint the window boxes first before installing them to prevent staining your exterior walls. You can then put the plants or flowers after the paint has dried up.
Highlight Your Front Door
Doors are the very first thing that people notice about your home. If you want your front door to stand out, paint it a different color. If your exterior paint is painted light, then paint your door a darker color and vice versa. You can also change your front door entirely if you think that’s necessary. If you’re not thinking of repainting, you can adorn your door with wreaths, flowers, or decorations that coincide with the current season or occasion.
Change Your Roofing
Unlike your door, your roofing should complement the color scheme of your home and your landscape. It will stand out like a sore thumb if the color and material are out of place. Rubber slates, metal roofs, stone-coated steels, and clay and concrete tiles are roofing types that complement specific home styles.
Undoubtedly, when you upgrade your roofing, that’s another way that you can add value to your home. In any case, a roofing project might not be an easy job, so you should consult with a specialist or a designer to help you pick out the perfect roofing for your home.
Install an Arbor
An arbor is a wooden framework installed in the front yard for aesthetic purposes. Climbing plants and flowers can make the framework more appealing. In addition, you can install lighting to accentuate the arbor at night. You can make your arbor from metal or wood, depending on what suits the motif of your front yard. Furthermore, you can buy materials needed for an arbor at your nearest store and build it yourself.
Display Seating on Your Front Porch
Seating at the front porch adds a welcoming touch to your home exterior. It encourages guests to stay longer and socialize with one another outdoors. Your outdoor seating can be one of your favorite areas of your home since you can read a book here, relax, or swap gossip and stories with your friends or family members. The furniture should complement the overall theme of the house. Lastly, don’t forget to add outdoor pillows to the seating.
Install Outdoor Lighting
Come nighttime, all the things that make your front porch beautiful are not noticeable anymore. You have to maintain its beauty and its presentability by adding outdoor lighting. Keep in mind not to place your outdoor lighting randomly; you should install lighting on areas that highlight the beauty of your front yard—e.g., areas with flowers, the driveway, the pathway, and the front porch. You can buy outdoor lighting at your nearest hardware store and install them yourself. On the other hand, you can also ask a specialist to install the lighting for you.
For Your Consideration
On the practical side, it might be hard to stick to these ideas if you do not set the proper budget for these projects. You can always start with the doable ones like gardening and painting the front door. The rest can come if your budget calls for it. Use the extra time to plan and visualize how you want your home exterior and front yard to look. Don’t rush into a project because it can be costly and add more work on your end.
A beautiful home exterior makes your home a more attractive place to live in. It makes you satisfied, happy, and more motivated to make it even more beautiful because of the feelings your home brings you. It makes staying at home fulfilling and relaxing because of it. Furthermore, you can make your home a more appealing piece of real estate to potential buyers if and when you find greener pastures.