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curb appeal
Shadowlawn (C0053)

When you first start designing your dream home, you’ll quickly learn that the process involves more than just selecting interior finishings and adhering to building codes. While these aspects are undeniably important, the exterior appearance of your home—its curb appeal—plays a crucial role in your daily enjoyment and long-term investment

When your home has curb appeal, it reflects the care and attention given to the entire property. You can’t deny that when your house looks good, you feel a sense of pride. It feels great to come home to a place that’s comfortable and beautiful inside — and out.

Start with a Master Plan

Creating a home that stands out and makes a lasting impression starts with thoughtful planning and design. Working closely with your architect can help you achieve exceptional curb appeal for your new home.

Share Your Vision

Having a vision is the first step in designing a beautiful home inside and out. Start by discussing your aesthetic preferences and the overall look you want for your home’s exterior. Do you prefer a modern, traditional, cottage, or farmhouse style? What kind of architectural elements have you been dreaming about? Placements, materials, and shapes all contribute to the overall appeal of your home. 

Pro Tip: Bring inspirational photos, sketches, and examples from magazines or online platforms like Pinterest. This can help you share your vision and help your architect understand your style and design goals.

8 Elements to Consider While in the Planning Stage

1. Exterior Finishes

High-quality materials and finishes for the exterior walls, such as siding, brick, or stone, can dramatically improve your home’s appearance and longevity.

2. Front Door

The front door is a focal point of your home’s exterior. Consider doors with distinctive designs, colors, or materials that make a statement. Be sure to ask your architect about options they recommend that add charm and character. 

curb appeal front door
The Palmetto (12321)

3. Porches, Patios, and Entryways

Adding a porch, patio, or entryway can enhance your home’s curb appeal and create a warm, inviting atmosphere while providing functional outdoor living. 

curb appeal front porch
The Hayek (173153)

4. Color Scheme

Choosing the right color palette for your home’s exterior is vital in achieving outstanding curb appeal. The colors you select should reflect your personal style and harmonize with the surrounding neighborhood. 

5. Lighting

Exterior lighting improves safety and security and highlights architectural features and landscaping elements. 

6. Pathways and Driveways

Designing attractive pathways and walkways can guide guests to your front door and create a sense of movement and flow. Use materials that complement your home’s exterior, such as stone, brick, or pavers, and consider adding lighting to enhance safety and aesthetics.

7. Strategic Garage Placement

To maintain the visual appeal of your home’s facade, consider placing the garage at the rear or side of the property. This design choice keeps the front of the house clear of large garage doors, enhancing curb appeal.

curb appeal garage placement
Port Arthur (17118)

8. Beautiful Landscaping

A well-maintained lawn and thoughtfully designed garden can dramatically improve your home’s curb appeal. Be sure to choose plants that thrive in your climate and complement your home’s style. 

Unique Features that Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Special features such as fencing, gates, mailboxes, and house numbers are crucial in creating a cohesive and attractive exterior. 

Here are some key elements to consider:

Fencing and Gates

Attractive fencing and gates can frame your property beautifully, adding security and aesthetic value. When selecting fencing and gates, consider materials and styles that complement your home’s architecture.

Classic White Picket Fence

  • Provides a timeless look.
  • Ideal for traditional and cottage-style homes.
  • Adds a charming, welcoming touch.

Modern Metal Design

  • Sleek and stylish, perfect for contemporary homes.
  • Durable and low-maintenance.
  • Can be paired with automated gates for convenience.

Wooden Privacy Fences

  • Great for creating secluded outdoor spaces.
  • Can be stained or painted to match your home’s exterior.
  • Adds warmth and natural beauty.

Mailboxes and House Numbers

Even small details like a stylish mailbox and well-designed house numbers can significantly impact your home’s curb appeal. These elements should reflect your home’s overall style and be easily visible from the street.

curb appeal mailboxes
Altamaha River Cottage (183127)

Give Pedestrians a Gift

Having curb appeal isn’t only beneficial for you – local pedestrians also enjoy your home’s beauty! You can make their experience a little better by adding small gestures of what we like to call a Gift to the Street. This could be a grouping of potted plants, artwork, benches, or anything that makes the walk more enjoyable. These small features can reflect your personality—like a dog water fountain that showcases your love for pets and provides a refreshing treat for dogs as they walk by with their owners.

Design a Home That Stands Out

At Allison Ramsey Architects, we believe that exceptional curb appeal is essential for creating a home that brings daily joy and satisfaction. By thoughtfully planning and working closely with your architect, you can ensure your new home meets and exceeds your expectations, creating a lasting impression and a space you’ll be proud to call home. 

Contact us today to begin your journey toward designing a home with outstanding curb appeal.

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