First step, we needed a new roof on the main house. The guys stripped off the old roof and installed new architectural shingles. And since they had everything torn off, that gave us the perfect opportunity to install a big new skylight in the loft (so don't worry about that big hole in the roof!)
We got this beautiful new Arts & Crafts style front door. It creates a welcoming look as soon as you pull up in front of the house. But as the days have started to get warmer, we've got an odd bubble forming on the front and will need to have it replaced.
|Even the house wrap looks better than the old shingles!|
Then the guys wrapped the whole house in house wrap, to keep it nice and weather tight, but still able to breathe.
|Rear of house - Shingle Removal|
Budget allowed us to do the front of the house in Certainteed Cedar Impressions, which look fantastic (oh and they're made in the USA!).
We wanted to accent the front porch from the rest of the house (plus, I was worried we'd have way too much green!). So, we used the lighter colored siding, that's on the garage and breakfast room, under the porch windows. That, coupled with the new porch overhang and bright white trim, really highlight this feature of the house!
But my favorite feature? The custom house number that I had made (also made in the USA!). It was a bit of a splurge, but doesn't it look distinctive with the copper and bronze accents? And now that Steve has installed the new light fixture, I couldn't be more pleased!
And with the warmer spring temperatures, I installed some landscaping to dress up the front yard. The spring blooming bushes are a welcome change from the multiple feet of snow we had all winter.
We still have a few more things to do. Change out the door, install a mailbox and update the garage. But we think it's a dramatic change from our starting point.
So, here are the before and afters. What do you think of the curb appeal now? The 'before' was a drive by......but is the 'after' something you'd want to see when it comes on the market?
Siding, Windows & Roofing - Certainteed
Custom House Number - Atlas Signs & Plaques
Front Door - Jeld-Wen
Light Fixture - Restoration Hardware