Create More Curb Appeal!
Curb appeal doesn’t have to cost a fortune, and it’s not just about making your home more attractive for future home buyers. It also helps preserve the value of your home, and makes it a great place to live and entertain!
Instant and Cost-Conscious
From a coat of paint on the front door, to lanterns, door knockers, and house numbers, Country Living and Coastal Living show off some quick trades that create a stunning first impression. Lost and Found Décor shows what a quick coat of paint (and a few colorful flowers) can do with an eye-catching, matching doormat.
For some pointers on how to paint your front door, Love Pomegranate House offers a paint-by-numbers plan of attack.
And you don’t have to stop with the front door. For the cost of a gallon or two of wood stain you can transform your aluminum garage door into something more rustic. Add about $10 worth of hardware, and BuzzFeed shows you a quick curb appeal enhancing carriage house look.
Laurries Blogspot showcases a quickie pergola overhang with vines. The pergola is a weekend project but the vines take a bit longer. Like nearly four years!
By the Numbers
Handy with a saw? Pull it out and grab a few cedar planks for a planter box that doubles as a palette for your home address! The DIY Network, Ana White and Curbly have widely different spins on this idea. But, hold on! Craftivity Designs rounded up a milk can planter and an easily stenciled storm door, and Paint Yourself a Smile unearthed a ginormous rock to herald your house number.
Décor and the Dog used to have a cement porch that looked okay before they changed it. Because what’s exciting about okay? Adding slate transformed it from dull to dynamite. Revolutionary!
Better Homes and Gardens has a dozen more way to enhance your entrance; they too added a tile overlay with decorative insets on the steps in between Saltillo-looking squares.
Landscaping enhancements, like edging trees with flowers, and adding pops of color along walkways puts the appeal behind the curb. But how to know what to plant and where to plant it, without hiring help?
If at first you don’t succeed, a landscape design app lets you try, try again! The demo video from iscapeapps.com easily converts your front yard from bland to beauteous. iScape Free allows you to try different plants, walkways and other features. If you’re hiring a landscaper, the app can help you explore ideas and share your vision. To take it further, there’s an amped-up version of iscape for $9.99 with pavers, walls, grass, mulch, irrigation and more for a complete makeover.
Calling in the Pros
Before you call in the pros and sign a contract, review these five questions to ask a landscape designer.
And finally, don’t forget maintenance. You’ll want an idea about those costs, even if you plan to handle all the responsibilities yourself.
The Appeal of Crystal Valley
The master-planned community of Crystal Valley offers attractive amenities and proximity to trails, downtown Castle Rock and countless recreational opportunities. Stop by the sales office of Richmond American Homes to see the latest designs in both ranch or two-story models, priced from the $300s.