Here Come the Holidays!
It's officially Fall! The mornings are crisp, the lawn is covered in leaves, and the social calendar is filling with football games, family gatherings, holiday parties, and visits from relatives.
Since holiday company will soon be knocking, now's the time to think about making your house as beautiful on the outside as is it on the inside. Why not make a "holiday wish list" of home improvements you would love to make?
If your home were to make holiday wish list, what would it ask for? Here are eight things we think every home would love to get this year!
1. New Front Doors
Styles change over time, and your home wants in on the latest trends! Updating the front entrance is an easy way to keep your home looking spiffy. To really open up the front of your home, replace a dated door and sidelights with a set of double doors made to fit the same opening. This update isn't simply about looks—a new entry door is also practical. Modern doors have tight seals and are well insulated, to keep out drafts.
2. A Portico
If your front entry is uncovered, it needs a portico! In addition to giving your home a "finished" look, a portico serves several practical purposes. It creates a welcoming entry, protects visitors (and holiday packages) from rain, and protects the door itself from the elements, extending the life of your paint or stain and reducing the chances of moisture damage.
3. A Fresh Color Palette
If it's been a few years since your home was painted, it's probably ready for a fresh new look! Instead of repainting in the current color scheme, why not select a whole new color palette? For inspiration, check out websites like Houzz and Pinterest, or drive through newer neighborhoods to get a feel for color combinations that are popular in your area. Don't be afraid to try something new!
4. New Shutters
Shutters are accessories that can dramatically change your home's appearance. Every well-appointed home wants shutters in a current style, and with rich details like new hardware, hinges and S-hooks. These board-and-batten shutters with black wrought-iron details add tons of character to this brick home. A custom look like this is a relatively inexpensive way to take your home from boring to beautiful!
5. New Roof
Nothing makes a home look tired and run down like a roof that is past its prime. Just like coloring your hair to hide the gray, a new roof can take years off the look of your home! Even better, a new roof means you won't have to worry about leaks during the rainy season next Spring. And if you haven't checked out the wide array of architectural and composite shingles available these days, you will be amazed. Specialty shingles can help you achieve the look of cedar shakes and even slate.
6. Stone Details
Face it, who doesn't want rocks for the holidays? This year, you can add style and substance to your home with stone. Custom details in natural or synthetic stone add elegance like nothing else can. Your options are endless—a stone veneer on the façade, a stone watertable, an inset above windows or garage doors, or a new flagstone path or patio to replace plain concrete.
7. Pretty Garage Doors
Not everybody appreciates utilitarian gifts, but new garage doors can be practical and pretty at the same time! Carriage-style doors are especially popular, and extra details like new exterior light fixtures or a custom eyebrow or arbor over the door multiply the charm. Imagine how great it would feel to pull your car into a beautiful garage like this every day!
8. Something Shiny
Everything should sparkle during the holidays, and there are plenty of ways to add shine to your home. From a standing-seam copper porch roof, a copper eyebrow over your garage door, half-round copper gutters and downspouts, or a copper rain chain, these details are like jewelry for your home! It's a splurge, but oh, the impression it makes!
Wrap It All Up
To spruce up your home with one of these home improvement ideas, contact us for a free consultation and quote. Our exterior remodeling experts can help you select just the right touches to give your home a warm holiday glow.