Does your home or investment property look tired or lack curb appeal? Take advantage of these 5 cool ways to update the façade. See photos of these concepts in action on our Before and Afters page…

1. Focus on the front door.
You can give your home a new look quickly and easily by creating an inviting entryway. When you paint your front door a colour that contrasts to the rest of the house and surrounding it with plants, you are saying, “Come on in.”

2.    Freshen up the paint.
A new coat of paint gives your home’s façade new life, even if you use the same colour as existing. That sparkling clean finish makes a big difference. You can create an even bigger impact by changing the colour; just make sure to coordinate it with your home’s existing style and interior design.
Not ready to tackle painting the whole house? Try starting with the trim for an easier update.

3.    Update your windows.

By adding exterior plantation shutters or awnings to your home’s windows, you can achieve several things; Awnings add visual appeal and depth to your home’s façade and they also create shade. If you aren’t a fan of awnings, try plantation shutters in your preferred style for a facelift with impact that also adds a splash of new colour.

4.    Add some landscaping.

This technique changes the look of your home without actually changing anything about the home itself. You can add trees for shade and beauty that will increase as they grow. Bushes soften the lines of your home and can be trimmed to suit different styles. Other plants can be used to add colour and texture to your home’s façade. Check with your local nursery to find out what plants will work best in your yard. If you don’t have a green thumb, consider adding a rock garden or water feature together with some succulents that ‘never die’.

5.    Frame your property with a fence.
Front yard fences tend to be decorative rather than functional, so they usually make a significant impact on the overall appearance of your home. Think of it as the frame around the picture and choose a fence that will coordinate with your home’s style while setting it off and adding to the visual appeal. Fencing is available in a wide variety of materials and colours, so there is something available to suit your exterior design and your budget. Check your local zoning laws before you begin.