When you’re a busy parent, running around after the kids, and maybe a few pets; your priority regarding your house will probably have been its interior space. You’ll have focused your attention on the usable space, and making it a comfortable and cosy haven for you and your little ones to make the most of. If you feel happy and settled in your home, or are planning to move in the foreseeable future; it’s probably time to start considering the changes that you can make to the front and exterior of your property. Curb appeal can benefit everyone; it’ll give you a happy feeling everyone you walk up to your front door or head into your driveway, and, if you’re going to sell at some point; it’ll be the first thing that influences potential buyers. Therefore, it’s worth taking some time and investing your efforts into make the outside of your home as attractive as possible.
There are a variety of things you can do to improve the exterior or front of your house; there will be something for every budget, and often a little effort and maintenance can go a long way. The sooner you start, the better; even though the weather isn’t great right now, you’ll be able to have your picture-perfect house in time for spring or summer. It’s worth researching some ideas on the internet (well hello there), making some lists with that stationery you got for Christmas and haven’t used yet, and begin looking into reputable companies who can help you achieve what you want. Giving your home’s exterior some TLC will set the tone for the rest of the property, so, whether you choose to sell or not; it’ll be giving off major curb appeal to everyone who walks or drives past. The following are some ideas, inspiration, and advice for those who want to give their house a boost, and invest in its aesthetic prowess on their street.
The function of the front of your house might not be the first thing that springs to might when you’re thinking about ways to improve its exterior. However, it’s often the things that you ensure are enriching its functionality that become extremely attractive aspects, both to you and any potential buyers. Therefore, it’s time to think about how you can improve what that space is used for. You can start with your driveway; you’ll want it to be a smooth surface that leads up to your front door or garage so that it’s safe, neat, and gives both functional and aesthetic appeal. Investing in new paving or steps to your front door is also a great idea; everyone who visits your home will want a pleasant and simple way to reach your door, so make sure there are adequate and attractive areas to do so.
Old and rusty garage doors not only make your house look a little run-down, but they can also allow damp and moisture to enter your home. Therefore, it’s worth replacing the doors with something that will withstand any weather conditions and last for the years ahead. There are a plethora of styles, materials, and colours regarding garage doors, so they can become as much of a feature to the front of your home as you want them to. You could also think about matching your front door to those on your garage; continuity will always give a polished and considered feel to the space and will look far more appealing (even in the bad weather and rain). If you have the room; a carport is an excellent way to give your vehicle somewhere to live, especially if you don’t have a drive-in garage environment for your car. As long as the style and roof blend in with the rest of your property; you’ll be adding another appealing aspect to your home, and you’ll be able to enjoy staying dry as you get the kids in and out off the car every day.
It’s often during the evenings and at night when homes can look unappealing and uninviting due to the dark conditions. Therefore, it’s worth adding some lighting to the space; make sure that people can see the route up to your front door clearly, and utilise lighting at the door so that people get a warm welcome (and can see where to ring the doorbell). If you’ve chosen to add a carport; you’ll want to add some lamps inside or under the roof space so that you can see everything and everyone clearly when you’re unloading the weekly shop on a dark night.
Now that you’ve successfully sorted out the functional side of your house’s exterior and driveway; you can begin to turn your attention to all the decorative (and fun) elements of the space. Whether you’re into garden gnomes or not; a front lawn or paved area is a great space to add interest and design features. It’s worth investing in as much greenery and foliage as possible; unless you have the time and inclination to look after hanging baskets, you’ll need to choose low-maintenance shrubs and evergreen plants. Heading to your local garden centre is your best option if you don’t have a green thumb; they’ll be able to point you in the direction of beautiful pot plants and bedding shrubs that can pretty much look after themselves and will immediately give your home a facelift.
Make sure that fences or walls are given a fresh coat of paint or wood stain; there’s nothing less appealing or welcoming than a tired old picket fence, so spend a weekend given it a spruce. Fix and oil any hinges on gates, and trim and neaten hedges; sometimes it just takes the little things to make make a vast difference to an environment, so it’s well worth the effort. Get the kids involved in picking up debris and litter when they see it too, and you’ll have the perfect family home; both inside and out!