I meet many people who hate the look of their home from the exterior. Some homeowners have reason to want to change it, while others are just bored of the way it looks. Driving up to the same house for over 20 years can be a reason to want to mix things up. Even if you do not change the structure of the home, adding some fancy “curb appeal” can make a big difference. Adding flower beds and landscape lighting can make a world of difference. If you have some trees in the front lawn, think about adding a light from below that illuminates the tree at night. It gives a real upscale look to the property.
If you would like to seriously change it up, there are a number of things you can do to get the look you want. Adding a shed dormer or a pair of dog house dormers to the front of the house can give a more layered look and gives some extra character to an otherwise flat facade. The dormers can also provide you with more interior space or dress up an otherwise basic room with some additional natural light, and perhaps a window seat.
Adding a porch can also give the front of your house a nice new look, and it is functional! Imagine sitting on the front porch watching the kids play (or grandkids!). Up to you if you want to add the rocking chairs! Maintenance free decks are really popular because we all just don’t have the time to maintain it year after year. Adding the white composite rails really makes the new porch pop and like most homes, if your current trim is white, it really brings everything together. Want to add a roof to your new porch? This is an absolute envy of the neighborhood. Sitting out on the porch while it is raining is so relaxing and romantic! Add some recessed lights with a ceiling fan and you will be in heaven.
To take it a step further, you can extend the entrance of your home with a mud room. This can be incorporated with your new front porch. Need space for all the jackets, shoes, boots, book bags…? Adding some custom built-ins makes storage of these items neat and organized. You can also buy organizational cabinetry and create your own style that meets your everyday needs. If you live in New England (or other places where it gets cold in the winter), add some floor heat to your mud room. Nothing better than taking off your snow boots and placing your feet on the heated floor on those really cold days.
Whatever your reason is to change up the front of your house, remember you have many options which can fit into most any budget. Take a step outside and let your imagine run wild!