Exterior Remodels

Exterior Remodel – Curb Appeal

Exterior remodeling can include anything that upgrades or changes a home’s exterior appearance. It can be as simple as installing a new entry door or as complex as installing a new deck, siding, windows, doors, fascia, fixtures or even adding on an entire addition to a home. Before and after pictures are the best way to showcase what can be done with the correct design and materials. The home shown below was built in the late 90’s and located on the beach, but had a couple problems.

First, it lacked curb appeal; both the building materials and landscape were unappealing. The colors and siding used did not compliment the décor or style of this era or location. Second, this project started with a simple paint job, but soon after dry rot was discovered on the south side. After further investigation, significant damage was found and the customer decided that an exterior update was necessary. Third, the original front deck was small with the center support in the middle of the driveway; this inferior construction posed a safety concern that certainly needed to be addressed. We removed the existing siding and replaced it with a cedar shingle, one of the best siding products to use at the beach due to its aesthetic appeal and ability to withstand harsh weather conditions.

For all of the decks and wall protrusions we used composite materials and stainless steel fasteners. The aluminum railings with glass panels not only add a distinctive look, but also serve as a wind break. The entry was changed to give a more formal look and the landscape directs the eye and visitors to the front door.

When discussing cost versus value, updating or remodeling a kitchen can add value and equity to a home, but if you want to get the most return for your home improvement dollar think curb appeal.