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5 Innovative Ways To Enhance Your Curb Appeal
These days, it can be difficult to avoid hitting any one of the ten-million or so web articles about the ways you can quickly and easily enhance your home’s curb appeal, and most of these articles have a great deal in common. We are mixing it up today with the following list of 5 new ideas for how to make your property even more beautiful this spring!
1. Put in a Sculpture Focal Point
Depending on your budget and the size of your front yard, a locally created piece of sculpture can be an easy way to enhance the curb appeal of your home without requiring much more work from you than picking out the artwork, and landscaping around it.
2. Install a Brick and Thyme Walkway
Sure, you may already have a beautiful flagstone walkway through your front yard, and there’s nothing really wrong with that. But if you are looking for something truly beautiful that won’t break the bank, consider putting in distressed brick and creeping thyme. Not only is this a unique and lovely option, but it is also very affordable, as used or distressed brick seems to pop up for free on the Internet every time someone knocks down an old chimney. On the herb side, thyme is beautiful, can withstand light traffic, and flowers in the spring.
3. Replace Your Cinder Blocks With a Live Stone Retaining Wall
This may be one better left to the professionals, but if you have a knack for DIY go for it! With a minimal expenditure in materials and tools, you can replace that ugly cement or cinder block retaining wall with a mortar-less stone wall that will look both modern and timeless.
4. Xeriscape Your Front Lawn
With climate change and fresh water shortages showing up in the news at an alarmingly frequent rate, now may be the perfect time to consider replacing your grass with a rock and drought-resistant xeriscaped garden. Depending on your region, you may have far more planting options available than you realize. And wouldn’t it be nice not to have to mow the front yard every week from March to October?
5. Repaint or Refinish Your Front Door
Okay, this one is a little more generic. But in terms of quick, easy, and inexpensive, it’s hard to go wrong with a front door make over. If you’re working with a solid wood door, consider refinishing it naturally. If you prefer paint, go with something eye-catching. And, if you’re either too busy, lazy, or insolvent at the moment, consider updating the hardware at the very least. You’ll be surprised at the difference a little fresh brass can make.
Something New for Your Home This Spring
A few of these ideas may work for your home, or all of them might. Even with just one fresh idea you can transform the entire look of your house in a weekend. Happy Spring!