Exterior Design – the “curb appeal”
Residential – Before and After
You’ve heard the expression ” it’s what is on the inside that counts.” While that is often true with people, we believe with the exterior of your home – it’s what’s on the outside too.
Here at Belltown Design, we are strong believers that the exterior design of your home should exhibit a degree of balance and symmetry – an appeal that is achieved through the use of carefully selected house materials and textures.
The design of your front façade is achieved by considering your entryway, porch, exterior paint color, front door, windows, exterior lighting, roofing, siding, landscaping, fencing and hard scape. The sum of all of these parts will create a timeless and pleasing appeal while emphasizing architectural detail.
With so many options, it is very difficult to decide which materials to use. How do we choose between cedar shingles, composite siding, aluminum, brick, wood, stucco, steel?. In order to avoid costly mistakes, it is always best to consult with a skilled designer to help you select before you make the financial investment.
Your exterior paint color choices are vital. Color can play up so many features of your home exterior, and the ways that color can trick the eye and play up the positive are endless!
To vastly improve your exterior curb appeal, consider modifying or adding a new porch, trim work, railing and columns to fit your home stylistically. An outstanding front door and entry light will make a statement, and wood windows that were previously painted shut will shine with repaired sash weights and new storm windows.
Roofing and siding materials and styles are some of the most important choices you will make for your home exterior, and their overall form and function must be fully considered. And fresh landscaping with a few containers on the porch will go a long way by taking the eye away from the crumbling concrete.
Clear space in the front yard, focus on the front door, add a meandering walkway…
And last but not least, consider your exterior lighting, its welcoming affect both attached to the house, in the garden, and at the front gate. Depending on your budget you can choose to do some or all of these things.
Walking up to your front door should be a true pleasure; and then there is the added benefit of knowing how much your neighbors will love you!