Landscaping Upgrades for Curb Appeal
From colorful front doors to trees and shrubs that hug and adorn your house, aesthetically pleasing landscaping adds curb appeal that gets better every year. The question is how to add those lush and lovely upgrades without breaking your bank account? Here are 10 simple ways to make the exterior of your home more attractive for less.
We would never have thought of this simple add-on – shiny, happy numbers that are easy to see, clean and happy carry a tremendous impact, according to HGTV experts. Another tip from the pros, give your walkway an edge with solar light fixtures, which are highly affordable and a cinch to install.
Best Life advises adding a swing to your front porch, some modern metal chairs or Adirondack rockers. Crystal Valley is a friendly community with lots of dog walkers and bike riders, and you’ll get to know them by name when you have an inviting place to sit! Painting the trim on your garage door is another tip from Best Life – adding a pop of color can make all the difference in a plain vs. ka-pow exterior.
Flower Power and Symmetry
Green ground cover, green bushes and shrubbery, and even elongated topiaries can give the entrance to your house a most welcoming appearance! Take a look at this Country Living contributor’s porch, decked with hydrangeas in bright blue blooms.
There’s just something English country manor about climbing flowers, whether the night-blooming morning glory, climbing roses, Virginia creeper or clematis ivy. Some can reach heights of 15 feet or more, and the verdant effect is worth the wait it takes to grow several seeds’ worth!
Backyard Features Worth Adding
Landscaping behind your house makes a different big impression, whether it boosts the ambiance for you and your family, offers pollinators a meal, or just makes your backyard feel private and protected. A nice hedge cab do the trick with trimmed boxwood shrubs or other greenery planted next to a pergola or other fencing for a soft secluded feel, say the folks at Better Homes & Gardens.
And trees, though they can take some time to mature, offer shade and result in an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000!
Adding a deck is the fourth best home improvement project for its value, according to the latest ROI numbers. A wood deck addition will cost around $10,950 and adds almost that same value to your home (82.8 percent or $9,065). Adding an “outdoor room” to the back of your home creates extra living space six months of the year, without breaking the bank. Check out 15 modern deck building tips and shortcuts from Family Handyman, here.
Spaces to cook outdoors are very popular and have a whopping ROI. Kitchens with fire pits, barbecues, refrigerators and even sinks can garner ROIs of 100 percent to 200 percent. These spaces often feature room to entertain and furniture in which to sit and eat.
Take a look at some of these sumptuous backyards for ideas, inspiration, and your next spring weekend DIY project!
Stunning Curb Appeal in Crystal Valley
The brand new homes in the master-planned community of Crystal Valley create their own unique curb appeal, combined with the natural surroundings of this fast-growing Castle Rock community. Find the floor plan that fits you best from Richmond American Homes, Kauffman Homes, Century Communities or D.R. Horton in either a ranch or two-story model — priced from the $300s.