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 and create value for the homeowner as well. Even simple changes can make a difference. Dramatic changes can be a bit more costly, but can also pay bigger dividends in the long run.
ADD SPLASHES OF COLOR
One 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 color to your curb appeal. The options are literally endless and can range from simple flower gardens to multidimensional vertical gardens. Pathways and paver walkways also add a charming element. Other garden ideas that will boost your curb appeal include container gardens and built-in planters. For a low-maintenance landscape option, consider using a combination of hardscapes and synthetic turf to create a stepping stone look.
UPDATE AND UPGRADE
Curb appeal literally starts at the curb. Few things will detract from the perceived value of your home like a crumbling driveway or walkway. It’s the first thing people see. A paver driveway or walkway is a solid investment that will not only improve the look of your home, but also the value. For those who have cracked concrete that is still sound, a paver overlay can quickly transform curb appeal without the added cost of concrete demolition and removal. Also consider updating other architectural aspects of the front of the home. Ideas include replacing worn or dated doors and light fixtures. You can also add a touch of elegance by wrapping porch columns with stone wall veneer. Small touches can make a big difference.
SHOWCASE 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 biophilic design elements combine to create an earthy feel, including the natural wood shutters and door, the stacked stone wall 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 paver walkway and stone porch steps are both concrete products, but emulate natural stone textures and combine with the landscaping and architecture to create a country-cottage atmosphere.
The right accent item can go a long way in adding that personal touch. 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.
I like your stone designs. I especially like the curving stone walkways. When we get to that point in our remodel we may consider this.
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!
Can you please show me Belgard products that are similar to EP Henry’s Coventry Stone Harvest blend double sided retaining wall products.
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.
You made a good point that possibilities for adding color to my property is practically limitless when it comes to landscaping. One of the things I feel unsatisfied with regarding my home is how much neutral shades it uses for its exterior paint job. Perhaps I should contrast that by getting a landscape contractor and my garden explode with color from multiple kinds of flowers.
In the picture with the dublin cobble porch, do you the name of the color of stone used?
It looks like it could be Arctic, but it’s sometimes difficult to tell from a photo. Time of day can make a difference. Also, colors can vary by market depending upon the local aggregate used in the manufacturing process. To see what colors are available in your market, visit the Dublin Cobble product page and be sure to provide your zip code in the locator bar at the top of the page.
I was told by a contractor that Belgard had “prebuilt” mailboxes that could be purchased but I don’t see them on the website. Is this true?
At one time, there was a prebuilt mailbox in the Belgard Elements line, but it’s not part of that product line anymore. Your best bet would be to construct one using the Tandem Wall System, either the Tandem Column Kit, or Tandem Modular Grid would work well. To find a dealer near you, visit Belgard.com/locator.