The first thing most people notice when they pull up to or pass by your home is the front of the building. While having a nice backyard is certainly a great bonus, an eye-turning front yard and facade is really the public representation of your residence and is therefore the first thing you should consider improving during an exterior home makeover. If you’ve been thinking of ways to make your home look better from the street, you’re in luck. Here are four of the best improvements you can make to give your home’s facade a bit of extra oomph and aesthetic appeal:
1. A New Front Door
The front door is the focal piece of your home’s entrance. Plus, it’s a relatively affordable upgrade and one that anyone can easily install themselves, so it makes sense why many homeowners opt to shop for replacement doors before taking care of other aspects of the renovation. Browsing sites like Doors Direct can give you inspiration if you’re having trouble deciding which kind of door would best suit your design theme. In a pinch, you also could choose to paint your existing door a bright color that coordinates with the color of your home. Just choose low- or zero-VOC exterior paint.
2. Hedges and Trails
Adding rows of hedges and a walkway or two is a great way to add some majestic charm to your front yard without spending too much money. With so many different hedge varieties and options for walkways, it’s possible to complement and accent the scenic features of any front porch and driveway. Trails and paths also enhance the accessibility of various areas of your yard and allow you to get around without stepping on the grass. Adding these components to your yard can be done on a DIY basis in the span of just one weekend or week.
3. A Fresh Paintjob
If you really want to change the look of your home, painting the whole house is a definite way to do that. However, a paint job is still considered primarily a frontal renovation because it has a major impact on the view of your property from the road. Combining glossy fresh paint with a brand-new door, hedges, and a trail will already have your home’s facade looking rejuvenated and revamped. Again, this is something you could do yourself, but for the best results and an easier process, it may be better to outsource the painting to a team of professionals.
4. Lighting and Fixtures
As photographers will often tell you, “lighting is everything.” You can line your yard with energy efficient lights that provide ample illumination at night and in the evenings to create a festive and relaxing mood. Solar outdoor lighting is readily available and affordable, and LED lighting will have a tiny energy footprint. Likewise, fixtures like bird ponds, fountains, statues, figurines, and plant holders can add personality and uniqueness to an already grand setup.
Giving Your Home a Makeover Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank
When you add up the cost of doing all the above, you can get it all done for just a couple hundred dollars to a few grand out of pocket. Considering how much of an impact it will have on your home’s look, a facade makeover might just be the best value you can get.