When you’re building a house from scratch, it’s easy to get caught up in interior decisions. What appliances will you choose? How will the home be laid out? Have you chosen the cabinets, the flooring materials, the paint colors, etc.? However, in the midst of all those exciting decisions, don’t forget to think about your home’s exterior. In addition to making you smile as you come up the driveway, your home’s curb appeal will have a significant impact on its resale value later in life. To help you get started, check out our tips for how to create curb appeal below.
How to Create Curb Appeal
Windows are crucial to your home’s interior, providing light and air circulation, but they also play a big role outside of the house. Try creating focal points with large windows that have an interesting shape. You could also highlight the position of the windows with contrasting paint, flower boxes, or shutters. Avoid large expanses of wall that don’t have any windows whatsoever.
To create an inviting look, focus on the details of your front door and entry. Double doors make a bold statement, and a porch, while beautiful, can also be functional if you add space for a swing or chairs. Try framing the doors with windows or porticos to break up the flat wall, and use landscaping features to complement and emphasize the entry.
Exterior paints, roof shingles, and siding materials (brick, wood, stone) are expensive, so take your time as you choose the colors and patterns. Hold up sample colors and materials to ensure they complement one another and if you, your builder, or your architect have the tools, create a rendering of your home’s exterior so that you don’t have to imagine what it will look like. Finally, remember to vary your color selection a bit. An all-brown house won’t have clashing colors, but it will also look incredibly dull!
Many new homes begin with stark, desert-like lawns. As it takes some time for grass to sprout, plants to blossom, and trees to grow tall and strong, start working on landscaping as soon as you can. Work with a landscaper or contractor to ensure that you plant large trees in logical spots (you wouldn’t want a towering tree to damage your new home, after all!) and take care to choose plants that can thrive in your area’s climate and soil. Use trees to add interest to a flat yard, and be sure to emphasize your entryway (as we mentioned above) with shrubs, small trees, or flowerbeds.
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For inspiration, try browsing Pinterest, homebuilding magazines, or your favorite home improvement websites. You can also ask your contractor for tips tailored to your home’s design. And if you’re planning to construct a new home and you live in southwest Missouri, give the Bailey Company a call. We’re a premium construction company based in Springfield, Missouri, and we’d be happy to tackle any home project you throw at us, including the construction of a new home. You can reach us at 417-887-6177 or click here to request a free quote.
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