Whether you’re arriving home from work, greeting guests at your front door or trying to sell your home, first impressions are everything.  And ‘curb appeal’ is ALL about first impressions.

Front Porch Addition by Archadeck

Front Porch Addition by Archadeck

It’s what you (and everyone else for that matter) sees, thinks and feels when looking at your home from the curb.

But curb appeal goes well beyond the front yard.

Yes.  Curb appeal starts at ‘the curb’; however, it doesn’t stop at the front yard.  The aesthetics involved in curb appeal should flow throughout your property as a whole — from the front, to the side to the backyard too.

Deck, Planters and Pavers for Curb Appeal, Project by Archadeck

Deck, Planters and Pavers for Curb Appeal, Project by Archadeck

To maximize your home’s appearance from the outside, consider your outdoor spaces in a broad sense.  Integrate your property in its entirety

Looking for ways to improve your home’s curb appeal?  We have a few suggestions — from simple to elaborate — suited for any home and any budget.

Focus on the front door: a simple wreath, a fresh coat of paint or a brand new door will do wonders.  And don’t forget to polish-up or replace the door’s hardware too — doorknob, hinges and even a knocker.

Front Porch Deck with Curb Appeal by Archadeck

Front Porch Deck with Curb Appeal by Archadeck

Pretty-it-up with plants:  Plant a garden anywhere and everywhere – in containers, hanging baskets, flower boxes, front porch bedding and sidewalk borders.

Front Porch with Plants, Project by Archadeck

Front Porch with Plants, Project by Archadeck

Sit down and stay awhile:  To connect with your neighbors outside, place a pair of Adirondack chairs in the yard, a hanging swing or rockers on the front porch.  Add side tables too.  Inviting, comfortable seating supplies style and curb appeal.

Front Porch with Decorative Rails and Columns, by Archadeck in St. Louis Mo

Front Porch with Decorative Rails and Columns, by Archadeck in St. Louis Mo

Accents and amenities: Sometimes it’s the subtle accents that set the tone to make a huge impact — lighting, house numbers, mailbox or railing design.  Amenities such as these provide noteworthy and noticeable finishing touches to your property.

Log Cabin Front Porch with Rustic Railing, by Archadeck

Log Cabin Front Porch with Rustic Railing, by Archadeck

Architectural structures of any size: If you’re looking for dramatic ways to change the look of your home, a larger project may be preferableChoices are abundant and could include:  a small entryway arbor, pergola, or balcony; a portico or front porch addition; a comprehensive outdoor living overhaul to include a deck, screened porch, pavilion, or patio.

Oh the possibilities!

Front Porch Deck with Pergola by Archadeck

Front Porch Deck with Pergola by Archadeck

Key Takeaways When it comes to curb appeal, concentrating your efforts on only the front yard ignores the bigger picture.  A well thought-out landscape design to include your front, side and backyard is an important part of the equation too.

So the next time you hear about ‘curb appeal’ adopt the perspective that the ‘appeal’ is not limited to a front yard view.

Curb Appeal Extends To The Backyard, Project by Archadeck

Curb Appeal Extends To The Backyard, Project by Archadeck

The majority of outdoor living projects are built for backyards; however a space, out-front, makes a significant impact on your property value.  So when you want your home to stand-out, curb-side, the entryway is the natural place to start.

Next Steps?

If you want to explore other design ideas for your outdoor spaces — front or backyard — just visit our website, west-county.archadeck.com.  On our website you’ll find photo galleries, an online inquiry form, a video and free download for Archadeck’s design guide.  Social media links to Pinterest, Google+ and Houzz pages are easily found on the homepage too.

If you reside in the St. Louis Missouri region and are ready to speak with a contractor, please consider Archadeck.  We’re locally owned and operated with offices in St. Louis West County.  We serve the Greater St. Louis region including all areas of St. Louis County, St. Charles, St. Charles County and parts of Illinois.

We’d love to answer your questions and meet with you – 636.227.0800.

Sources Centsational Girl, Better Homes and Gardens, Jeff Mitchell Landscape Architect, American Society of Landscape Architects, HGTV, Archadeck Outdoor Living, Archadeck of Columbus, Archadeck in Chicago, Archadeck of Central Connecticut

Outside of St. Louis visit archadeck.com to find other locations.

Beautiful Front Porch by Archadeck

Beautiful Front Porch by Archadeck

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