From simple upgrades, to fresh new exteriors, and thorough landscaping, there are many ways to enhance your home’s curb appeal! Whether you’re planning to add value to your home in order to re-sell or just to undertake a DIY project, we hope you’ll find something that peaks your interest. In addition, they’re economically-friendly while not being overly time-consuming.
1. Edge your Driveway
Do you want to make your driveway look crisp and elegant? Try installing a border along the driveway with bricks, pavers, stone, or a combination of all of them! You can even give a boring slab of rock some colour, texture and design, to brighten up the driveway, especially since summer is around the corner. This is a great way to spice up the front of your house and the installation process is very straightforward. Simply remove a swatch of grass on both sides of the driveway, and then dig down two inches. Fill the two inch hole with sand, and place whatever you choose to decorate your driveway with such as bricks or stone on top of that.
Tip: To freshen up your home’s street view, make sure to repair any cracks you may have in the pavement of your driveway. This can really make a difference on the overall appearance of the driveway.
2. Planting Flowers
With summer nearing, why not make the outside of your house colourful and beautiful by planting flowers? It is one of the most cost effective, and simplest tasks, but can most definitely make a huge difference when it comes to your house’s appearance. Plant flowers anywhere including the sidewalk, in baskets, at the front door, and along the driveway. If you have an existing garden, get it into shape by pruning, pulling weeds, and adding new mulch to it, in order to regain brightness and colour that was taken away during the winter season. No matter where they are, flowers always brighten up one’s curb appeal, and freshen up the air around! Talk to your local nursery, and see what flowers are best grown in your neighbourhood. Note: if you’re in the GTA and would like our team to help design, create or maintain your landscaping project, please contact us.
Tip: Try sticking with flowers and plants that will last you more than one year, such as perennials, this will save you money and time, and you can always continue planting and add more flowers whenever it’s necessary!
3. Add Fence Panels
Garden gates, decorative fences, and arbors will most definitely help enhance your landscape value, and increase your homes curb appeal. These services can be completed in short periods of time, and can be customized to fit your needs. Making fences colourful and bright, will illuminate your home, and overall help improve it’s look. These decorative fences can be designed and executed with different materials, and will make your home look more elegant before entering.
Tip: Make sure to match the fence to the rest of the colours in and around your house. It is important that the fence, a major visual appeal, will coordinate with the rest of the surroundings.
4. Upgrading the Front Door and Porch/Deck
With Winter passing not too long ago, most likely your porch is full of salt stains, rubbed out paint, and in deep need of a fix. By repairing the simple things on the porch, like repainting or staining the wood, you can have a brand new and fresh looking entrance into your home. As well, changing the hardware on your front door, such as getting rid of rusty door knobs and locks, can make a significant improvement. An eye catching front door, such as heavy modern steel, or a custom designed wooden door, can definitely set the tone for the whole house. Don’t overlook the small details; By replacing house numbers, light fixtures, and cleaning up the overall entranceway, you can really improve the overall look of your house. It is important to make the entrance to your home welcoming, bright, and intriguing. As well, if you are satisfied with your porch, why not focus on your back deck? All elements of your home should be attractive, and make you satisfied. The back deck is just as important as the porch, and can definitely increase the overall appeal of the house.
Tip: Add a hint of red somewhere on your porch. This gives life and colour to the porch, and just a small tint can go a very long way. Try placing a red bench, mailbox, or light fixture somewhere on the porch that can be seen from a distance.
5. Add Lighting
Outdoor lighting, also known as landscape lighting, can make a significant improvement on your home’s curb appeal, while also improving your safety. Landscape lighting is aimed to show off your garden, flowers, trees, and all the beautiful work you put into making your home appealing! You can use these lights to highlight all the details in your landscape, while also creating an illuminated walking path for night time. You can place lights behind objects, to acquire a sense of depth and vibrancy in your home. Landscape lighting will surely make your home more brighter, and give it a sense of uniqueness, with the light fixture you choose to install!
Tip: Try creating a statement with your light fixtures, by installing big pendants. As well, if you are unable to install lights with wiring, there is always the option of installing solar lights along the walkway of your home!