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Welcome Home – Curb Appeal Tips

It has definitely gotten cooler out but, it is still a great time for planting and building masonry projects.  We don’t typically end our season until mid-December; designing and building landscape & masonry projects until Mother Nature stops us.  So it’s not too late to do that awesome outdoor living space or front make-over you’ve been thinking about!

The nurseries still have a great selection and assortment of plant materials and the ground is nowhere near freezing yet so planting is still a very viable option to do right now and into December.  The same is true for masonry and other construction projects.  From driveways, to front entry stoops; patios to sitting walls; outdoor kitchens to outdoor fire features; porticos to pergolas; new siding to stone veneer;  November and December are still great times to do all these types of projects.

With the holidays approaching, this is a perfect time to work on adding some curb appeal to your home.  The following tips will be sure to provide you with a welcome home from work as well as provide a warm welcome to your guests.

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Create a clear path to the front door.  Whether from the street and/or driveway, a clear path will provide easy access to your front entry for you and your guests.  This is a great opportunity to select materials that compliment and enhance the home.  This home utilizes 2 walkways and 2 sets of light piers to provide a clear and level path to the front door.  The beautiful landscape along the walkways, stoop, and driveway help to anchor the home into the property and provide a stunning front entry!

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A new landscape can transform your home.  Without changing anything else on your home, just a simple re-do of the front landscape can completely change the look and feel of your home.  Take a look at the before and after of the home to the left.  From blah and boring to gorgeous and welcoming!

 

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Mix it up.  Select different materials that coordinate and enhance your home.  This home had a total ‘face-lift’:  new siding, Azec trim, stone veneer, new portico, columns, front door, garage door, front entry steps & stoop, driveway, and front landscape.  All the materials were carefully selected to compliment and play off each other to create a most inviting & beautiful front entrance!

 

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Add Seasonings.  Add seasonal plantings in Spring and Fall for added color and texture.

 

 

 

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Add Structure.  Just changing or adding a new portico or pergola can give your home a whole new, fresh look.  This home utilized 2 structural elements (portico and pergola) to create a very warm and inviting entry.  A new front landscape completed the transformation.

 

There are many ways to create curb-appeal to welcome you home as well as create a warm welcome mat for your guests.  The first step?  Call us!  Together we will help plan and design the best features and elements to create the curb-appeal you are looking for.  Visit our website for more ideas:  Topaz Design Group and call us at (516) 536-1383 to schedule a consultation.

 

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