Keeping Up With The Jones': 4 Ways To Increase Your Home's Curb Appeal

Construction & Contractors Blog

No one wants to have their house be the cheapest looking home on the block. When the neighbors next door revamp their exterior, you may feel as if it makes your home look shabby in comparison. Don't fret--there are many inexpensive or mid-range budget ideas to give your house curb appeal and increase your property value at the same time. Keep reading for four home improvement action items to make your house look classier and more expensive.

New siding or paint:

One of the easiest and least expensive ways to spruce up your home's appearance is to add a fresh coat of paint or invest in updated siding. If you have the budget, brick veneer siding can give your home a stately appearance without all the labor and maintenance of traditional brick. If you prefer the look of vinyl siding, there are countless options of various sizes and colors on the market. Keeping the color scheme classic will ensure long-term charm.

Custom aluminum fencing:

More elegant than wood and chain-link fencing, aluminum fencing is an affordable option for increasing curb appeal and adding privacy. There are limitless options for design panels and a variety of colors to choose from. If you're willing to spend the extra money, fence companies exist that will design custom gates, locks, and ornamental panels to meet your personal style preference, such as Ornamental Design Ironworks Inc. Aluminum fencing can also appear like wrought iron, which gives a home an elegant demeanor, without the cost and maintenance of true wrought iron. Aluminum fencing is more expensive than wood or composite fencing, but it is also more durable and requires less preservation annually.

Replace, repaint, or stain the front door:

A front door is the focal point of many homes and replacing an old, weathered door with a tasteful new one can be a vast improvement. If your door itself is still in good condition, consider painting or re-staining it to give it a fresh appearance. A door can also be a good place to add a pop of contrasting color to your exterior, especially if you tie it in with outside décor or landscaping.

Exterior lighting

Subtle lighting can illuminate a home's exterior and give the appearance of it being on display. Choosing several focal points to highlight is key and prevents overwhelming your exterior with light. For example, if your landscaping has a hydrangea tree that's a main point of beauty, consider using a small spotlight to make the tree light up at night. Tasteful, well-planned exterior path and spotlight lighting can make your home stand out with very little work. Replacing smaller exterior light fixtures with larger decorative fixtures is another way to use lighting to dress up your house.

Giving your home a makeover to feel like it fits the neighborhood doesn't have to deplete your bank account. By just doing one of the four items above, you'll give your exterior a bit of extra class. As you have the time and money to do more, you'll end up with the most expensive-looking house on the block!

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Pool House Parties: Building Your Backyard Escape

When I decided to turn my backyard into a pool and spa space, I wanted to have a pool house built. Adding a pool house would give me somewhere for everyone to shower and change without tracking pool water and dirt into the main house. I worked with a local contractor to construct a pool house with an outdoor kitchen, outdoor showers, and full indoor restroom facilities as well as a game room and changing rooms. I created this site to journal the process so that I could hopefully inspire others to do the same. I hope this site takes some of the mystery out of the construction process for you so you can build the backyard structure you've always wanted.