A very old proverb states that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, in applying that proverb to a home’s exterior design, when two people look at the same house, they may each perceive it very differently. Some prospective home buyers look strictly for curb appeal – they want their home to stand out from the rest, while other homeowners are more concerned how the interior of the home looks. If you are looking to remodel the exterior of your home you should contact a top exterior remodeling contractor for help with these questions.
According to realtors, potential home buyers make a “street decision” in less than 12 seconds as to whether or not to view a home. Thus, creating curb appeal is important whether the house is being put on the market, or you just want to make it look good. Another factoid is that according to a Harris Interactive study, 78 percent of all potential home buyers say a home’s exterior look is either “extremely” or “very” important.
Sometimes it is good to stand out in a crowd; who wants to be part of a blah row of houses that all look the same – why not try to be just a little different from the rest of your neighbors? Maybe something subtle, or, at any rate aesthetically pleasing and sure to give your home the ultimate curb appeal.
Let’s take a look at the trends in exterior design and see what appeals to you, the homeowner. Bear in mind, however, that what works for some homes won’t always work for yours, both architecturally and aesthetically.
Any product or idea that keeps the house looking good but is low maintenance like:
Large foyers – An enlarged vestibule to the home is becoming a popular item as homeowners gravitate toward the look of a grand entrance, complete with the look of double doors. But double doors are not for every architectural style, so smaller and moderate-sized homes can opt for a wooden entry door and keep it just as classy and elegant looking. A new or elegant door is one of the quickest ways to add curb appeal to your home, and, the trend is definitely toward warm, natural woods instead of a painted look, and Mahogany is the style of choice.
Transom windows – Builders are choosing small luxury touches to lure buyers to their line of homes. Transom windows, the row of additional windows placed above large windows or a door, are an elegant way to complement any home, and part of the trend for homes to have larger and more open windows which permit the natural light to shine in. Interior window treatments have evolved through the years with various types of shades replacing the traditional blinds or curtains/drapes, but allowing natural sunlight to filter into the home is a newish trend stemming, in part, from people anxious to get away from the boxed-in setting of offices and into a more-natural setting, and everyone knows the benefit of light on a person’s psyche, especially in the long Winter months.
Going green – This statement is a mantra for many, and, with the plan to help sustain Mother Earth in their minds, homeowners are looking for their homes to reflect their beliefs. Thus, a trend for 2018 is toward more and more builders using sustainable materials in their homes. So, look for windows, siding and gutters all made from recycled materials.
There are always improvements to be made to an existing home to maintain that curb appeal, including such items like using paver bricks for walkways or driveways and patio enhancements, or even making leisure-time upgrades such as a deck or a pool.
So, peruse those decorating sites if you will, then contact an exterior remodeling contractor, to gain some insight on which of these trending 2018 designs can help give your home the wow factor.