If you’re like most people, the majority of your design daydreams are about updating your insides. New paint, furniture and appliances are in your listing. However, exactly the identical satisfaction that is ultimate can be offered by an exterior facelift. And there is an extra advantage: Everyone will see that your brilliant efforts.
These eight exterior transformations range from full-on rebuilds to clever cosmetic redos. However, all of them elevate the houses to new levels. Imagine coming home each day to a facade that makes you beam with satisfaction. Curb appeal, after all, isn’t just for the neighbors.
Tara Bussema – Neat Organization and Design
AFTER: Small changes made a major difference in this midcentury Costa Mesa, California, bungalow.
BEFORE: This looks like a normal stucco tract house built in the ’70s. The entrance is a dark cavern, and the landscaping is limping along, mostly unloved.
Tara Bussema – Design and Neat Organization
AFTER: It’s now bright and modern with sleek, easy-care landscaping. Exactly what the homeowners did: Lay the paint, installed a statement door in a contrasting color, replaced the dull cement walkway with modern squares that echo the lines of the house, replaced the dated stucco wall with a flat Trex fencing, installed modern and climate-appropriate plants that don’t conceal the house, and completely transformed a home without changing the architecture.
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BEFORE: This enclosed yard has perfect bones and wonderful access. It’s just screaming for some TLC and a little imagination.
Tara Bussema – Design and Neat Organization
AFTER: View those two bushes peeking over your neighbor’s wall? That’s about the only clue that this is the same place. Not only did this yard get an amazing modern upgrade with a pool, but the homeowners significantly increased their living space by creating a covered dining area from the kitchen. In temperate climates, outdoor space counts as much as indoor space.
BEFORE: Everything appears tired. The faded shingles, the cinderblock planters surrounded by weeds, the maroon door — they all just look somewhat sagging and failed.
AFTER: This is the ideal form of transformation, because it is so straightforward. A new and lush paint job with a front door that springs to life and a few easy back-to-nature landscaping have completely changed this home. Even the cinderblocks are still there, incidentally, but the weeds are gone.
BEFORE: Holy Brady Bunch. This suburban box needed very little to recommend it, unless you’re a lover of wrapped green boxes.
AFTER: By covering the top story in wealthy, flat timber, the homeowners not just added texture and color and new modern lines, but they also were able to draw the eye away from the garage doors since the key architectural focus. It’s still the same box, just much, much prettier.
BEFORE: I’m not one to shake a stick in a vacation house overlooking the water, but this rickety ’70s-era cottage appears so closed in and faded. Plus, someone will fall straight off that deck.
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AFTER: The basics are the same, but the paint, the newest windows (what’s the point of a setting like this if you do not have a great deal of windows?) Along with the deck upgrade have transformed it from dim and moist to bright and welcoming.
BEFORE: Assist! This cute little colonial is being eaten by giant bushes.
AFTER: Far Better. For one, now you can find the form of the house (and presumably now you can see out of those first-story windows). The dove-gray paint and light-colored roof make the house seem larger and airier.
BEFORE: It’s hard to tell whether this low-slung Phoenix bungalow is landscaped or in the event the desert has just taken over the front yard. The entire home type of disappears into a dusky beige bulk.
AFTER: The same home is now a modernist sculpture rising from the desert. The colors, textures and plantings are all still very much part of the landscape, but now, instead of evaporating into it, they produce a dramatic contrast. See the complete makeover here.
BEFORE: This odd little building on a corner in Pittsburgh looks like a shuttered diner at a affected neighborhood.
AFTER: Exactly the same odd little building now looks like a bright, modern home in a lively neighborhood. Even if you ignore the second narrative, the changes in colors and materials to the initial building are stunning. Makeup can make all the difference. See the entire transformation here.