Delightful Curb Appeal

What do you think of when you hear the phrase “curb appeal”?  The purpose of curb appeal is to make one feel welcome, invited, happy, warm, cozy….all of that.   But, what elements are needed to create those feelings?  My short answer is color, texture and proportion in a harmonic blend.

Let’s look at two examples…

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This is a nice house with a good lines, but it seems shy and underestimated.  It’s at the dance, but it’s just not dressed for the occasion.  Imagine this home with the following improvements:

1. An arched entry with a sturdy wood railing, stained wood entry door and warm lighting

2. Lush landscaping along the path and entry stairs

3. A new garage door with windows and a crown

4. Thick trim and a crown moulding at the triple window

5. Black painted window frames

6. A belt course of trim at the joint of siding and brick

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Voila!

Let’s try one more…

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This one is cute, but it’s a little sad like a little girl who is the only one on the playground without ribbons in her hair.   What if we did this…

1. Replace the thin columns with heavier ones

2. Remove the railing from the porch and plant cottage flowers along the walkway

3. Add decorative window trim, including crowns

4. Apply natural stone veneer to the porch floor

5. Paint it a vibrant color with contrasting trim

6. Ice it with a sweet little cupola

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What do you think?

Would you like to increase your home’s curb appeal but need some suggestions?  Whether you are considering selling your house or just want a more pleasing sight to welcome you home I can help.

Send me an email and we will get started!

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What is Your Dream?

If you could make any improvement to your home what would it be?  Updated kitchen?  Updated bath?  New mudroom?  More organization?  

Do you think you can’t afford your dream home improvement?  Think you can’t afford a designer’s help?  Let’s talk!  A comparable solution just might be more affordable than you think!  

Client Relationships

In the business of home remodeling, relationships with clients are different than in any other industry.   The upmost sensitivity and care is required when working in and on someone else’s home.  The process puts the clients in a very vulnerable state and they are at the very mercy of the builder and his team.   Unfortunately, the average builder has no recognition and compassion for this fact.

A few days ago I decided to put my philosophies in writing and place them where I can see them every morning upon arrival at the office.   These philosophies are ones I’ve held internally as long as I can remember, but had never before actually put them into words.  Seeing these beliefs written seems to make them absolute and insoluble.

1.   Infuse passion in our work.  (We LOVE what we do! Let it show! Excitement is contagious.)

2.  Ensure our clients know we care every day in communications and actions. (Let them know they are important to you and your business!)

3.  Take time to plan, be efficient and productive. (Rushing costs more in the end.)

4.  Make team bonding a priority. (Because we are only as good as or weakest link.)

5.  Communicate, communicate, communicate with everyone on the team.  (It is how things get done and mistakes are few.)

A happy client = a successful project = positive referrals and repeat business = a healthy business and a happy owner!

 

It’s Deck-Building Season!

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Here is a rendering of one of our deck and patio projects currently underway.

The deck stairs wrap-around to blend it seamlessly with the patio, opening up this side of the yard as if it were an outdoor great room.  The middle stair tread is double-depth, making it perfect for extra seating.

Over the storage bench against the garage we will install the Marston Trellis System from Walpole Woodworkers.  I just love their products!  Have you heard of them?  www.walpolewoodworkers.com

More photos of project progress to come!

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