We’ve come up with 8 things you can do this weekend to improve your curb appeal. Some home exterior changes require a dumpster in the driveway and serious contractor bills… or several trips to the hardware store to really confirm you have no idea what’s coming! That said, other changes are simple enough that even a novice homeowner can accomplish them. Those are the changes we’re talking about in this post!
If you’re looking for a full home exterior makeover, our brick&batten team would love to partner with you on a virtual exterior design. You’ll get a deliverable that gives you the keys to make our suggested small changes, like those in this article, or to hire out contractors for bigger updates. Get started by answering our brief questionnaire.
#1 // Change Your Lighting
On nine out of ten houses we design, the original lighting is incorrect. Not only is the style wrong, but almost every time, the size is too small. Lights by your front door should be ⅓ to ¼ the size of your door and frame. That said, if your lighting is too small, change it out. If it’s dirty with cobwebs, clean the glass. And if the style doesn’t suit you or your home, don’t settle. This is an easy fix that will make a difference. Learn more about lighting style here.
#2 // Add Garage Hardware
Your poor welcome mat gets a daily beating. It’s outside and subject to all types of weather. It gets stepped on, wiped across, and abused everyday; therefore, it’s time to find a welcome mat that amps up your curb appeal and speaks to your style. We’re leaving the Disney mat in Orlando and finding an age appropriate classy mat to welcome guests. Check out the brick&batten monogrammed mat or this World Market arrow doormat to make a real statement!
#6 // Shutters? A Do or a Don’t.
At brick&batten we believe in architecturally correct shutters. They should close over the window they protect, or at least appear to close over the window. Therefore, if your shutters are way too small, get rid of them! There’s no harm in testing the look without shutters. If you can’t do it right, don’t do it at all. Sometimes less is more. On the other hand, adding shutters can also create interest on large surface areas that are otherwise feeling empty. The takeaway: be intentional with your shutter design.
#7 // Landscape
Okay… we get it. It stinks to spend hours on your lawn every weekend to create the perfect look. However, it’s time to get a handle on the bushes growing over your walkway and blocking your windows. Trim the bushes and spray the weeds. You will be amazed at the difference. If you’re looking for a real game changer, careful planning and thought can turn your yard into a real stunner. Ready to go for it? Check out these landscaping ideas that will enhance your curb appeal.
#8 // Window Grilles
Every single day we have people write and ask how to update their windows. Simple fix: If possible, pop out those busy window grilles or find a window grille that best complements your home’s style. You may replace the grille with something more simple or just skip it all together. That’s a definite update without the big expense of replacing your windows.
Now That Your Weekend Is Booked…
Overall, everyone is on the hunt for a beautiful home with perfect curb appeal. There are simple things you can do to bring life back to your home’s exterior. From painting your front door to finding a new planter, we want you to fall in love with your house again. Simple changes can make a big impact.
If you’re looking for a partner in home exterior design, our brick&batten team would love to help you with the bigger projects, too. After all, curb appeal doesn’t happen by accident. Get started today.
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