There’s nothing quite as comforting as seeing your home after a long day of work. For that reason, decorating your refuge, or renovating its exterior look, is the best way to feel proud of your home before you even step foot in it.
Of course, this has a secondary appeal. Improving the ‘curb appeal’ of your home can help it shine, and moreover, can increase its value. Why is this? Because retail agents know that a home which makes a fantastic first impression is not only easier to sell, but will be more coveted. And besides, a beautiful exterior is genuinely a good and valuable thing, it isn’t just illusion or some silly way of misdirecting attention. When we come across a beautiful home, we notice.
But how can you increase your own home’s curb appeal? And do you need to be fully separated from other houses in order to make use of this? Or can semi-detached or terraced houses also enjoy its benefits?
It’s worth asking those questions, if only to know what our limits are. Let’s try and answer them together:
Understanding Our Own Needs
It can be tremendously important to implement your own personality when it comes to your curb appeal, because too often people think that there’s a ‘right’ way to go about things. Of course, painting your house in a pure tartan color may be something that appeals to you, but perhaps nobody else.
That said, it can be nice to implement your personality. It might be that you wish to bring the actual character out of your cottage front and centre, and so using wooden trimmings for your window ledges and frames could be essential. Perhaps ornate hanging baskets helps you feel more regal, it could be that a winding garden path adds a sense of depth and interest to the leadup to your front door. Sometimes, a renovation of our curb appeal can take place, by throwing out old and rusted child play frames or other materials that may be hanging around in our front garden. In this respect, we can enjoy our green space through and through.
A nice way to help a home feel like it is private and has its own dominion over the space it occupies is to aesthetically secure your property borders. This might involve putting up beautiful hedges and ensuring they are trimmed, or a double gate that opens in the middle, or widely in order to secure your vehicles.
A custom number and sign for your front gate or an exterior mailbox in worthwhile condition could potentially make a big difference in helping your home seem secure and private. In this way, property borders can thrive and remain something of a staple of your visual style.
If you’re lucky enough to have a garage, it should be cared for and well utilised. Often, people do all they can to improve the exterior of their homes, but neglect this very important fixture that adds so much to the visual style.
Not only that, but garage doors also serve as a strong security element if they are properly fixed.This is why using the services of a reliable garage door company is essential – they will provide you with the fit that works for your exact aesthetic, while also giving you utility, security and an easy, well timed installation. In that sense, the garage becomes a fixture to covet, not an eyesore to be ignored.
Plants & Garden
It’s also worthwhile to keep in mind the true function of the plants and garden you may have to work with. Often, a front garden is openly facing the front area, but sometimes it can also serve as the largest green space you have.
For that reason, it can be worthwhile to encourage privacy here. Planting trees that cover the property border could be a good start if you have room to justify their placement.
Another nice fixture, mentioned briefly before, is that of a garden path leading to your front door. This might be made via wood chippings or patio slabs you can powerwash over time, and you may even use a garden arch with trellis flowers and more. Little fixtures you can maintain, like a comfortable bench, also add a fairytale element to this area. If anything, making sure you lay fresh turf down can be a good idea. Of course, some people choose to lay concrete over theri entire small outdoor space, but even here you can place potted plants or brighten the visual theme up a little with just a touch of creativity.
In that respect, the front garden either becomes a wonderful fixture or a strong prelude for what takes place afterwards.
With this advice, we hope you can get the best out of your home, increasing its curb appeal exponentially.