How do I add curb appeal?
When talking property, you often come across 'curb appeal', but what exactly does this mean? My personal understanding is that curb appeal is the presentation of your home from the street and how the front of you home looks or appeals to someone passing by, or visitors coming to visit.
We all want a home that is welcoming and attractive to look at. So how would you go about adding curb appeal?
First and foremost, curb appeal is about adding personal touches to your front garden or entrance, and it makes no difference whether you have a little 'postage stamp' garden, beautiful lawns - it's what you do with what's available.
A well landscaped front garden enhances the appearance of your home. It’s also a reflection of your personality and style.
Before we look at various elements that can be added to increase your home's curb appeal, take a look at the house itself. Does it need a coat of paint, are the gutters sagging, do rooftiles need replacing. What about window and door frames - are they in need of some TLC? These are the first items to consider when looking to boost your curb appeal. After all, it doesn't help to add a beautiful arrangement of potted plants when the paint is peeling off the walls - and that applies to perimeter walls as well!
Paths and Walkways
While a lush, green pavement is lovely to look at, it comes at a cost in terms of natural resources (water), money and time spent on fertilizers and pest control. Many homeowners are looking for ways to make their gardens more environmentally friendly and are replacing or shrinking their lawns by using native plants and groundcovers that require less maintenance: something to think about when taking on a new project.
The next thing to look at is driveways, paths and walkways. If these are in need of repair, or are overgrown with weeds, then that will be the next project. You don't necessarily need to rip these up and replace, simply give them such much needed attention so that they look presentable.
If your hardscaping is way past a bit of attention, then look at affordable options to replace them.
Over and above any sensor or security lights, lighting is important for paths and walkways, and the easiest way to add lighting elements is with solar lights. These come in varied shapes and styles for any garden design.
Make sure that you place these in a sunny spot so that they can charge sufficiently during the daytime to provide a well-lit path in the evening.
Stepping stones, pebbles and gravel are a low-maintenance and affordable option for a front garden, as is laying a sand-based brick pathway.
You can easily make plain or decorative stepping stones for a garden using sharp sand and cement - both available at your local Builders Warehouse.
To decorate use large leaves from the garden, mosaic, shells, pebbles or use your imagination to create unique stepping stones.
Stepping stones with children's hands or foot prints is a nice way of allowing your kids to feel involved and leave their own mark on your garden as well as providing a small snapshot in time for you to remember and enjoy.