Upgrade Your Curb Appeal

Research shows that one of the top ways of increasing the value of your home is to boost your home’s curb appeal. Anything that can make a home stand out in a positive way will automatically increase the perceived value by others, but can also affect the homeowner’s own personal sense of fulfillment, creating value for the homeowner as well. Even simple changes can make a big difference. Dramatic changes can be a bit more costly, but can also pay bigger dividends in the long run.

A World of Color

MLRS_RES_BEL2013_Edger_AngliaEdger_Patios_LafittRusticSlab_001One of the easiest ways to add character is to add color. Landscaping, whether do-it-yourself or professionally installed, is a quick and easy way to add curb appeal. The options are literally endless and can range from simple flower gardens to multidimensional vertical gardens. Pathways and walkways also add a charming element. The photo to the right shows a simple, yet colorful flower garden with a stone Anglia Edger border that coordinates with the Lafitt Rustic Slab pavers of the walkway. The clean lines and sweeping curve of the hardscapes combine with the tasteful flower selections to create an understated, elegant look. Other garden ideas that will boost your curb appeal include container gardens and built-in planters.

Show Your Personality

When guests arrive at your home, they should immediately get a sense of the type of person who lives there. Are you carefree or conservative? Whimsical or stylish? From clay pots to antique doorknobs, every element you choose can combine to illustrate your personal sense of style. The following image shows a home with a unique sense of curb appeal. All of the elements of the design combine to create an earthy feel, including the natural wood shutters and door, the stacked stone veneer, and the man-made creek. The eclectic plant and flower selections in the garden create a random look that appears both natural and manicured. The Bergerac pavers of the walkway and Celtik Wall of the steps both emulate stone textures that combine with the landscaping and architecture to create a country-cottage atmosphere.

Belgard 2010 ~ AmcorSmall Touches Can Make a Big Difference

The right accent item can go a long way in upgrading your curb appeal. The objective of using an accent piece is to create a focal point to your landscape design that will draw the eye and add dimension and character. This accent item doesn’t need to be grandiose, like a fountain or gazebo. Inexpensive ideas include building a stone mailbox, picket fence, or wooden arbor.

 

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    • Wonderful! If you’re the type of person who likes to play with design ideas, check out our online project visualizer, which allows you to upload a photo of your house and experiment with paver options. If you’d rather have an expert develop ideas for you, visit our contractor locator page to find an authorized contractor near you. Good luck with your remodel!

  1. Can you please show me Belgard products that are similar to EP Henry’s Coventry Stone Harvest blend double sided retaining wall products.

    Thanks
    John

    • Belgard has two wall products that have similar properties to Coventry Stone. The first is Country Manor, and the second is Belair Wall. Country Manor offers the rustic old-world look of split stone, and Belair has a chiseled stone appearance. Both products are 6″ in height and can be used to build either retaining walls or freestanding double-sided walls, as well as columns. Click here to find a Belgard Authorized Contractor or Dealer near you who can help you further.

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