One of the principles I try to live by is “never judge a book by its cover,” but when it comes to seeing the outside of a home, people are inclined to make initial and lasting judgements about it.Whether you plan on selling soon, or living in it comfortably for a long time, your home should always have character. To help, here are some budget friendly ways to boost your curb appeal and add flair to your front yard.
If you don’t have a deck, build one. Decks can add exterior living space to your home for an affordable price. Contractors like me often recommend softwood lumber because of its affordability, ease of installation, and versatility. I love wood for decks because I know the materials come from sustainable forests and I like to keep the exterior of my home as natural-looking as possible.
While there are many elaborate ways of making your space unique, even the simplest decks and porches can add value and beauty to your home’s curb appeal. According to Remodeling Magazine , wood decks have one of the best returns on investment for home improvement projects at 82.8%, exceeding composite decking ROI by 20 points.
Your fence can be the first and last thing people see when they come to your home. A functional fence offers a sense of privacy and security, while also serving as a warm invitation and appealing exit from your property. Building a gate into your fence can also be a simple and inexpensive idea that is a scenic passageway for guests.
For steps on how to build an elegant border around your home, check out How to Build a Fence.
Another easy way to add some life and color to your front yard is to build wood planters that are visible from the curb. These can be built leading up to the entryway of your home or placed on your front porch.
Planters give you the flexibility to diversify your favorite plants and flowers. I recommend mixing and matching a whole pallet of colors in each planter because it’s fun to watch things grow and to design with natural colors that make your home glow!
Mark knows more about tools than anyone has a right to know. With his wife Theresa, Mark hosts the popular MyFixitUpLife talk show, is the general contractor for Food Network’s ‘Save My Bakery,’ and has been a project manager for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and expert guest on PBS, DIY Network, Discovery Channel, A&E, NBC’s The 10! Show, Good Day Philadelphia, and other national radio and TV programs.