The first thing anyone notices about your home is its appearance as they pull up. While interior decoration matters, the first impression is vital. Whether you’re looking to boost curb appeal before selling, or simply to make your house feel like home, here are four ways to make over the outside.
1. Rain Chains. Your house has gutters along the edges of the roof to collect rainwater and prevent it from forming a waterfall over your door as you walk in and out. But that water has to get down somehow. In the US most homes use a downspout, an almost universally unattractive feature that is more function than form. In Japan, they instead use rain chains – and these tasteful additions to your roof are becoming more popular in the West. Rain chains allow water to race down beautiful ornamental chains, winding up in the garden or a rain barrel just like with a traditional downspout.
2. Shutters. Once upon a time shutters were a necessary feature to help keep out the weather and keep in the heat. Today’s windows don’t need them, but shutters remain a classic touch that makes a house instantly more appealing. To make your shutters stand out, choose ones made from real wood and paint them a contrasting color from your house itself, or a darker or brighter version of the same color.
3. Climbing Vines. Many homeowners fear letting vines climb up the side of the house because long term they can damage your home. However, vines add a beautiful natural look and peaceful air to your house that no artificial feature can match. Luckily there is a home-friendly way to do it, and that’s to put up a simple trellis and let the vines do as they will on it. For the best results, pre-paint the trellis to match your trim color and make sure it is sturdy. Prune any vines that go off the trellis or try to attach to the house itself. Ivy and roses are two classic choices.
4. Spiral Stairs. A spiral staircaseis not only for inside the house. These elegant stairs make a breathtaking addition to a second floor deck or porch without leaving a giant footprint on your yard and landscaping. There are models available that are designed to stand up to the elements and give the kind of traction you need to feel good using them even when they’re wet, and outdoor spiral staircases can be designed to match decking or siding and fit with the overall look of your home. They become especially tasteful with small flower baskets on the outside of the guard rail or with pruned vines allowed to climb the outside. In many cases, they will also work as a fire escape from an upper balcony.
Of course, a spiral staircaseor some climbing roses are only the beginning of a long list of ways to remake the outside of your house. What have you done to jazz up your home’s exterior? What do you think are some of the easiest ways with the most payoff?
Rich offers up his expertise on how to make the outside of your home more appealing to the eye, wether you are looking to sell and increase curb appeal or just want to fix your house up, these tips will help you accomplish just that.