An impressive front entrance is likely to increase any home's market value. Simple changes such as painting a front door can help, but expanding the makeover to encompass lighting and landscaping really adds curb appeal. Be sure to create the entrance you find appealing, however. Don't make it too elaborate or too far removed from your own personal taste. Spending a lot of money isn't necessarily wise; create an entrance that fits well with other homes in your neighborhood.
Things You'll Need
- Small bushes
- Solar lights
- Porch railings
- Plant containers
- Porch lanterns
- Brass mail box
- Post lantern
- Brass house numbers
- Ground cover
Expand the front porch space. Install a larger wood or concrete porch to accommodate a glass room, sitting area, or a larger roof that fully accents the roof line of the house. Use a porch to draw attention to the front door space for maximum curbside appeal. Avoid creating a porch space that is too small for the home, as this may lower the market value.
Upgrade the walkway and landscaping. Build a wider sidewalk that is covered in brick, for example. Plant small bushes along the walkway to define this section of the front yard. Add solar lights on stakes across the front facade every 5 or 6 feet to add a special touch in the evenings.
Install accent railings across the porch. Use colonial railings or metal railings, depending on the architectural style of the home. Add railings that blend well with house overhangs. Make sure the types of balusters chosen unify the components of the front facade of the house. Install the railings to define a sitting space with wicker chairs, for example. Use railings to define a porch with well-spaced containers for plants as well.
Change porch lights and the mailbox. Add brass lantern wall lights and a brass wall mailbox, for example, or install a special curbside mailbox and a post lantern at curbside. Utilize brass house numbers if this is appropriate.
Accent the actual curbside area. Create a 2-foot border along the front curb that holds ivy or other ground cover. Add a few bulb plants or annuals to draw attention to the border area. Give special attention to the actual curb area this way to give the impression the homeowners are meticulous about home ownership. Use this kind of detailed attention especially if you are trying to sell your home.
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