Most people know exactly how they would like the inside of their new home to look, but often forget about the outside. As the first thing that visitors will see, it’s your one chance to make a good impression and set the tone for the rest of the home.
Luckily, increasing your street appeal doesn’t need to be complicated, expensive or time-consuming. With a few little design tweaks, you can create a look and feel that more than matches the interior of your home.
It’s rare to meet a client that’s considered landscaping in their original house plans, but it’s such an important part of your exterior aesthetic. If you have a large front garden, it may be worth getting in touch with a landscape designer, who will be able to assist in the overall design, taking into consideration orientation, soil type, irrigation, slope and levels of maintenance.
For a smaller garden, a few small flowerbeds with seasonal flowers and plants, or even pot plants on your porch, can make a huge difference to the streetscape. Just make sure that whatever you choose matches your commitment levels – brown or dying plants are worse than no plants at all!
A new home means new fixtures, so everything should be shiny and new. However, it’s important to maintain these with a wipe or a polish every now and then. Having a well-maintained exterior will set the example for the interior as well.
Another way to increase your home’s street appeal is to integrate architectural details like shutters and door and window trims. These can add points of interest to your home’s front, and form the foundation of the overall aesthetic. The same goes for the front door – a distinctive design or colour can instantly transform your façade to attract the eye.
When designing your new home, it’s important to consider what the existing homes in your new street look like, and how your new design will fit into the wider streetscape. One way to create similarities is by using the same or comparable materials for your façade. For example, if your home is soon to be surrounded by Federation brick homes, could you use bricks for your exterior?
If visitors are confused about how to get your front door, they’ll be starting on the back foot. Make sure you have a clear path from the pavement to your main entry point, marked by a difference in materials or surrounded by plant life. This will allow visitors to experience your home as you intended, instead of trampling through your garden!
Installing lights along this path, or at the front of your home, will ensure that no matter the time of day, you can easily navigate from the street to your front door and vice versa. As an added bonus, motion-activated lights are also a great secondary security source, as they’ll alert you to anyone coming to the front door.
Should you be looking to build a new home in Melbourne, Get in touch with our team for a free consultation today. We’d be happy to discuss your project with you, sharing our expertise along the way.