How to Improve the Exterior of a Boring House
Do you live in a boring house? Is the facade of your home just like half of the other homes on your block? Even if youâ€™ve got a home ownerâ€™s association breathing down your neck, youâ€™ve got several opportunities to make your house stand out and look like a million bucks (or more if you happen to live in a million-dollar home!).
Everyone knows a fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest ways to make a big impact on the â€œfeelâ€ of a homeâ€™s exterior, but several other little projects and renovation projects exist that will improve the exterior of a boring home.
Small Weekend Projects
Little touches often add up into something significant on the front of a home. A little frame for the doorbell or new hardware for the locks might not look like much, but changing several small elements will create some appreciable change for your home. That old lighting fixture that swings at the top of the porch should get switched with a trendy new fixture.
Perhaps a rectangular gas lamp style will make your visitors feel like theyâ€™ve been transported to old London. Maybe a sleek industrial cage for the porch light will boost the modernity of your aging home. Try to match the style and feel of all the fixtures and small decorative elements on the exterior of the home to give the facade a new theme.
The great thing about these fixtures is that they take almost zero time to replace and are projects you can handle on the weekend without wearing yourself out.
Medium & Long-Term Projects
Are the flower beds in front of your home full of dirt and drooping plants instead of vibrant flowers, interesting cacti, or healthy bushes? A refresh of your homeâ€™s landscaping can boost the cheer-factor of your home.
According to Better Homes and Gardens:
Container Gardens are the perfect way to add a splash of color to your front entry, deck or patio or even fill in some blank spaces in your beds and boarders.
Hereâ€™s a helpful video on creating a container garden.
You might also consider replacing the framing features on the home. Perhaps the door looks great, but the frame is a little warped and tired. Maybe the shutters on your home have seen better days and are due for replacement.
You may choose to accomplish this project on your own; however, climbing up the side of your home to replace the shutters is often best handled by a professional. Alternatively, and for a greater change, you may even consider removing the shutters completely or installing shutters where none existed before.
Big Renovation Projects
Depending on the age of your home, you may also decide to work with a contractor on some large projects that may drastically alter the appearance of your home. A coat of paint will certainly be a noticeable sort of change, but projects like replacing the windows, switching out the doors, and updating the siding (or painting the brick) might be the best way to create a different look for your home.
You might also decide to improve things like the windows to improve the energy efficiency of your home. If your windows feel drafty in the winter and your home gets too hot in the summer, a new set of windows might be exactly the project you need for reducing your electricity costs.
If youâ€™re aiming to sell your home in the next few years, these major projects will also act as an attractive selling point to buyers. â€œYes, the windows are new!â€ will sound terrific to potential home buyers.
Let Us Help You Improve Your Boring House
Are you interested in improving your homeâ€™s exterior? Do you want your home to be the envy of everyone on your block? Contact us today for a consultation on your home improvement plan.