April showers bring May flowers (and also a new list of things to take care of on your home). With warmer temperatures, the square footage of your home seems to increase. Attractive updates and a well-maintained exterior not only add value but can transform the entire look of the home.
After major interior projects have been completed, our clients often ask us to come back to spruce up the exterior.
Here are five ways to help your home put its best face forward.
#1) Update entry door
Changing out an entry door can dramatically transform the feel of the home. Adding a more modern door and sidelight can brighten up a space. Switching out hardware can also be an effective way to change the look and feel of the home, especially as part of a whole home renovation. Nothing says ‘welcome home’ like an inviting entry.
#2) Incorporate hardscapes into the outdoor design
Incorporating paved areas, driveways, retaining walls, or any other landscaping made up of hard wearing materials such as stone or concrete can give your home the ultimate curb appeal in the neighborhood.
#3) Add a composite deck
To get maximum durability, consider a composite deck to create an outdoor escape. With a variety of colors and railing materials, you can create a design that fits into the natural environment.
#4) Give your home a fresh coat of paint or focal point
Exterior color palette trends are always evolving, and nothing dates your home more than an neighborhood full of homes in the same color scheme. If your HOA allows, think of a fresh take on your exterior palette. See Sherwin-Williams’ suggested residential exterior palettes of body, trim and accent colors.
Adding an exterior focal point also gives your home personality. This custom home in Vancouver features a combination Hardiplank siding and clear-stained cedar siding vertically applied that will provide a great contrast when the home is painted a dark green color with bronze trim that matches door frame.
#5) Upgrade windows
Embarking on a remodel is a great time to update your windows to more energy efficient options. If you’re adding on or moving things around, consider how light plays a part in your space. For a quick update, adding shutters, window boxes or an overhead trellis can make a huge difference on a home’s flat-wall appearance.
Additionally, new roofing, lighting, landscaping, and garage doors can transform your home and boost curb appeal.
What projects are on your Spring to-do list?