When you start a home project that will improve the aesthetic appeal of your property, you still need to consider the practicalities. Sometimes enhancing the effectiveness of part of your home will lend itself to improving the style too. After all, home improvements should look good. But if they bring nothing to the value of your home and its function, you may need to have another think about some of your choices.
More and more people are investing in fake shutters. These are inexpensive panels of slatted PVC or wood that are secured to the wall of the house. They don’t actually act as shutters, although they do look quite pretty on some properties.
When it comes to wooden-framed windows, the choices are almost endless. Providing you regularly strip, treat and paint the wood, they will last for a very long time. And because they can be painted, you can enjoy a splash of color that PVC frames fail to offer.Don’t forget – your window dressings can be seen from the outside as well as providing the style for your interior decor, so make sure you choose curtains or blinds that suit the style of your home.
Many of us have cladding or fascias that give the house its character. Some materials used for this purpose are perfect for painting. This means you can freshen the look of your property with just a coat or two of your favourite colour. Alternatively, you could use a new cladding style altogether to create an entirely new look for your property. This is a favourite trick for those looking to sell their house in a flooded market. You need something to stand out from all the other houses, and this could be it.
Landscaping your front and rear gardens is essential for that perfect show-home finish. A neatly laid lawn, a crisp, clean path, and that immaculately decked area for dining are highly desirable. It’s also important to maintain garden fencing which you can easily do yourself on a budget using fencing supplies you’ve picked up. Sketching out a few ideas can help a lot. Why not take a photo of your home from the street and try to overlay different designs? This can help you visualize what you want. Potted shrubs and flowers can be placed and replaced very easily. They’ll add that extra splash of colour that makes a property so attractive. They can also be put away somewhere safe during the winter months.
Your driveway and garage door are large and very noticeable parts of your home. To improve the appearance of these, you could replace them. A stylish, modern garage door can increase the curb appeal of your home. And a practical, yet attractive driveway shows that you care for the home you live in. To make the most of your existing driveway, try a power wash to give it a good cleanse. Wooden garage doors can be painted and rehung to straighten them.