Six Curb Appeal Secrets

By Natalie Rodriguez, Originally Published in This Old House

Highlighting architectural details like the portico and windows enhances the house's curb appeal.

(The house illustrated above is Plan 56-604.)

What makes one house a head turner and another just okay takes a bit of study. Spend enough time looking, though, and you'll see that all the best examples have things in common, like a fine front door, a pleasing color scheme, and landscaping that softens the hard edges. Then there's the subtler stuff: the right roof, windows that work with the house's style, the way the walkway welcomes you. Together these features can make your home stand out on the street, giving you a sense of pride when you come home each day. These architectural focal points can make a big impact.

1. Standout Windows: Highlight them with paint, shutters, or flower boxes.

2. Inviting Landscape: Well-tended and in proportion to the house, plantings provide shape and color to accentuate the architecture. 

3. Welcoming Entry: Porches and porticos frame the front door, extending an invitation to guests. 

4. Unifying Paint: A successful scheme enhances architectural detail and works with the landscape...

5. Shipshape Siding: 
The backdrop for all other exterior details, shingles, clapboards, and masonry should be in top condition.

6. Handsome Roof: A very visible umbrella sheltering all other built details. Its shingles should be in good shape.


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05/14/2014