Curb appeal is that “wow factor” that begins with the design of every home. One of the secrets to our success is the attention we give to details during every phase of design and construction. We want to share some of those details we consider so you too can elevate your home to neighborhood celebrity status.
You will have them at “hello” with a stunning drive that paves the way to your entry. The driveway material and configuration should compliment the overall character of your home. Straight drives support formality while curved hardscaping encourages a relaxed atmosphere. Pavers, stone and decorative concrete can all elevate an imposing necessity to captivating pathway.
After that initial Ahhh moment, your homes details will come into focus. We are especially fond of interesting roof lines that engage the eye. Doors, windows, and woodworking must all be true to a homes overall style. While function is a priority, there is no need to ignore good principles of balance and proportion when placing architectural features. The exterior material selections offer an opportunity to further your stunning impression with a tasteful blends of color and texture.
The walkway should also support the general style of your home. The same formality rules apply, along with an additional opportunity to include new statement materials. Natural stone at this point will create a gentle transition for the eye as it moves from nature to the built environment.
The planted softscaping of shrubbery, lawn and flowers will strengthen that lasting impression. The layout should help identify the path for visitors and lead them to your entry or entertainment destinations on the property. Plantings can intrigue as they allow the view to slowly unfold or present an instant Ta-DA moment. Hearty plants are a wise choice near driveways to withstand winter clearing activities.
Features like columns, canopies, and porches all create points of reference and more opportunity to carry through on your homes period style. Copulas, trellis and window boxes can be added in accordance with modern or traditional architecture. When canopies or awnings are used to cover windows and doors there can be an energy saving bonus as they buffer sun and wind.
Curb appeal is enhanced at night with the tasteful illumination of architecture and landscape features. Defining pathways and entry points with lighting is a safe and considerate way to welcome friends. The added security is a noteworthy benefit for the entire neighborhood.
Finally we saved the most adaptable feature of every home for last. The front door is the personality point to tell the world a little bit about who you are. It can be a sneak peek at your homes interior style or a charming landmark for neighbors out on an evening stroll.
If you have a difficult time deciding on a door color, try this fun quiz for some guidance.
Here at Lowell we are known for building beautiful homes that make memorable first impressions. Our key to captivating curb appeal is a consistent vision and we are here to share that expertise with you when you are ready to build or remodel.
“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!'” Robin Williams
Longer days and calmer temperatures signal a return to outdoor living. Using nature as a backdrop, the open-air space surrounding your home can provide hours of delight and relaxation. Multiple studies have shown that just looking outdoors will activate the part of the brain related to thoughts of balance and happiness. Take advantage of natures feel-good with the creation of al fresco spaces that will also enhance the square footage and value of your home.
The most successful outdoor space will be an extension of your homes interior style while blending with the surroundings. A perfect plan will provide appealing and useful outdoor “rooms” as well as beautiful scenes when you look out the window.
Where do you start?
- Our recommendation is to first make a list of any daily activities that would be pleasurable if moved outdoors. Often relaxation tops the list, with entertainment, cooking and play space following closely.
- Take inventory of your property and the available options to create outdoor rooms. Consider exposure to the elements, the direction of sunlight and your desire for privacy vs. neighborhood interaction. This will guide the placement of your outdoor living space to the front, side or back yard of your home.
- Next evaluate your floor plan and the most logical points for moving from indoors out. The more convenient this transition, the more you will use your outdoor areas. When building or remodeling, we like to feature specialty Nano (folding) or French Doors to visually diminish the indoor/outdoor line and encourage fluid movement.
- An informal sketch of your property showing home placement will allow you to designate logical active and calm areas. Allow for entertaining and family fun as well quiet activities like reading, napping and gardening.
- Consider ways to lengthen the time you can enjoy spring and summer months by including the protection of a covered porch or three season room.
- Connect your outdoor living areas with landscaping, walkways and privacy screening than integrates the outdoor space with the overall architecture of your home.
- Finally, remember that there are experts, like those at Lowell Management, with the expertise and ability to guide you in the planning and execution of your new home and remodeling projects.