Curb Appeal

Tips for easily improving your homes curb appeal

Are you searching for ways to improve the value of your single family home, or investment property? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

Even though you may hate gardening, improving curb appeal is easier than you can imagine especially when you follow these tips.

1. Start again: “Everything was original, and we didn’t have the budget to structurally update the front of the house,” Christensen says. The solution? Masonry-restoration company BrickImaging stained the existing brick a pale-gray hue that looks white and matches the siding on the back of the home, which is painted Benjamin Moore’s Shoreline.

2. Dream up a new doorway: A Douglas fir door with five glass panels creates an on-trend arrival moment, with the added bonus of filling the foyer with daylight. A lush array of new plantings softens the entrance: Japanese red maples, winter gem boxwoods, and carex grasses, plus Manhattan euonymus hedges in faux-concrete pots from West Elm that flank the door.

3. Welcome the neighbors: In the backyard, a new cedar fence provides privacy, except in one spot by the outdoor sitting area. “[The fence is] 6 feet high except for right there [where there’s a 4-foot-high section], so that our sweet neighbor can hang out with us,” Christensen says.

4. Dine out: Placing a faux-concrete outdoor dining table from World Market on the patio created an instant hangout spot for all seasons. Above it, a nest-like twig chandelier from Bloom by Anuschka echoes the natural surroundings. “It’s so beautiful at night, with the perfect dim light, and in springtime little wrens try to make a nest inside of it,” Christensen says. “I’m sure they’re thinking, ‘Yes, we’ve scored!’”

5. Make a Starlight Lounge: The family discovered that the best view of the mountains could be found between two 75-year-old pine trees, so Christensen’s husband built a floating cedar deck over a small ravine to mark the spot, then stained it gray to help it blend with the surroundings. A white powder-coated sectional with cushions upholstered in tough-wearing outdoor fabric makes a cozy lounge area. “From the get-go, my husband stood down there and said, ‘This needs to be a place to get away and relax,’” Christensen says. And that’s an idea that’s always in style.

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