How to Add Curb Appeal to Your Custom Home

January 3, 2019

Curb appeal is important to any home, even if you don’t have any plans to sell anytime soon. Not only does increasing curb appeal increase how attractive your home might be to potential buyers, but it also tends to make your home’s exterior look better overall, which increases your enjoyment of it too. Here’s how to add curb appeal into your custom home design:

What is Curb Appeal?

Curb appeal refers to the attractiveness of a property when viewed from the street, particularly in the context of a property for sale. Essentially, it’s how appealing your home and its surroundings are when viewed from the curb, especially to potential buyers.

The concept applies to both residential and commercial properties. Even if you’re not planning to attract potential buyers, increasing curb appeal ensures the exterior of your home and your landscaping look beautiful.

4 Curb Appeal Ideas

Here are a few ideas to include in your custom home design to help increase curb appeal:

1. Use Outdoor Recessed Lighting

Outdoor recessed lighting is a great way to illuminate your front porch without taking up a lot of space. You can also use it to add light to a walkway, showcase a water feature like a fountain or a koi pond, and create a safely, and beautifully, lit path to your home.

Outdoor recessed lighting can help you get the look you want without bulky apparatuses. You can also combine recessed lighting with other outdoor lighting options like lampposts, spotlights, and more to create the ideal atmosphere, highlight important architectural or landscape elements, and increase the curb appeal of your home.

2. Focus on the Front Door

The front door has a big impact on the guests that come to your home and it can also affect your curb appeal. Your front door welcomes you home, so spending a little extra time adding some elegant elements or a pop of something pretty benefits you and increases your home’s curb appeal.

When planning out your custom home, start with choosing the design of the door itself. Whether you go with something simple or something more complex with design details like glass windows, you can further increase curb appeal by choosing a bold or interesting paint color for the door and window shutters. Then, you can add front door decor to add a fun, personalized element to it.

3. Consider Your Landscaping

Landscaping can make a big difference in your home’s curb appeal. Having a well-manicured front yard is one thing, but creating a stylish and attractive landscape design is another thing entirely. There are a ton of landscaping ideas and elements to consider, including the style of your mailbox!

Flower beds, water elements, walkways, driveways, porches, trees, shrubbery, type of lawn grass, and more are all considerations for your custom home’s landscaping and hardscaping. You can work with your custom home builder to pick the landscaping elements that fit your lifestyle and tastes the best and then determine the placement and design that will add the most curb appeal to your custom home.

4. Think About Interesting Architectural Details

A custom home builder with a design/build process will work with you to design a custom home that suits your needs and fits your style. Although interesting architectural details can increase the curb appeal of your custom home, they are usually most effective when they serve a purpose and fit in with the design flow of the rest of your home.

A small balcony above the front door or a second-floor balcony can make your home stand out. Smaller details, like decorative window shutters or stylish moldings, can add an interesting element to your architecture in addition to the color combinations for your home exterior.

There are a lot of details to think about when it comes to planning out a custom home. It can be overwhelming, but partnering with the right custom home builder can help you manage the process and keep it a positive and exciting one for you. Contact Custom Home Group at 717-284-4090 to make your dream home a reality!