Tips for Updating Your Home’s Exterior

Tips for Updating Your Home’s Exterior
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    Thorough home renovations happen inside and out.

    People aren’t likely to show up to admire a new kitchen if the outside of the home is dated and unwelcoming.


Use these tips for updating your home’s exterior to signal even better things inside.

Replace the Siding

A new coat of paint may be enough, but if your home’s siding is deteriorating or prone to developing moss or mildew, an upgrade to a newer siding product may transform the look of your home’s exterior. You can choose from shingles, shiplap-style, or board and batten styles to create visual interest.

Highlight Trim, Doors, and Shutters

Restoring or painting trim, doors, and shutters in a color that complements the house’s architectural design and historical era draws eyes and admiration.

Keep it simple by using two or three colors maximum to highlight the most attractive or unique features of the exterior.

Add Light

Exterior lighting adds allure to any home’s exterior by gently illuminating trees and showing off a lovely front porch. Use ground lighting along paths or around features such as garden walls or water fountains.

Make sure the main entrance to the house is welcoming and lit with warm—but not blaring—lights.

Redo the Driveway

Upgrading from asphalt to pavers adds beauty on the approach to the garage or front porch. Permeable driveways allow water to seep into the ground rather than run off. Gravel drives add a rustic charm and that unmistakable “crunch” that announces guests have arrived, but they may not be practical in some climates.

Replace Gutters and Downspouts, and Inspect the Roof

A new suite of gutters and downspouts can update your home’s exterior. New, wider downspouts with subtle extensions can carry more water away from your home, preventing seepage. If it’s in the budget, update the roof with newer materials and shingle shapes. Some roofing materials even add more UV protection.

Simplify the Porch

A cluttered porch with too many chairs, flowerpots, and rugs confuses the eye, and it can be off-putting. Concentrate on a few star pieces that make observers want to sit a while with you. A rocker and a hanging swing plus some flower boxes on the railings or containers framing the door should suffice.

Refresh the Landscaping

A lush lawn is lovely, but a truly attractive exterior includes a variety of trees, shrubs, and flower beds. Assess what you have, and see if you can add, subtract, or simply tidy up foundation plantings, trees, and bushes. Select a style for your flower garden—linear and formal or curvy and a little wild—that matches the ethos of the home.

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Replace the Garage Doors

Some garages announce themselves far too much, and there’s not much you can do about it. Don’t emphasize a garage door that dominates your exterior. Instead, add texture to the front of your home with stone veneer, a brick wall, or an attractive fence.

Replace old garage doors with doors styled to match the home’s architecture and in the same color as most of the front of your house to blend in. Garage door design has gotten a lot more interesting. You can select doors with windows in the top panels or doors that reproduce a more historical style, such as carriage doors or elegant paneling.

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