Have a house showing coming up and want to class up the place? Or perhaps with the holidays right around the corner, you are looking for a way to impress the in-laws who will be over this year? Or maybe secretly you have longed to have a house that looked like it stepped out of the pages of a picture book? But don’t know where to start?
Look no further! Here are 5 easy ways to make your house the envy of the neighborhood.
- Change out those gutters.
Want to get in on a strange secret? You’ve been missing out all these years by not changing out your aluminum gutters for copper gutters. Installing copper gutters provides your home with an effortlessly elegant look. Adding gold tones to the color palette of your house enhances that “warm and cozy” atmosphere. Installations are a bit on the pricey side, but what wouldn’t you pay to make your house match the home of your dreams? Installation companies, such as St. Louis Gutter & Siding, also provide nostalgic finishing touches. For instance, weather vanes, window sidings, and more.
- Follow the yellow brick road.
All right, the pathway up to your door doesn’t need to be yellow. But paving it with bricks or tiles could be the key to creating that enchanted look you have always wanted but did not know how to achieve. Brick pathways that lead you from the road to your house’s front door provide a particular welcome that is hard to duplicate by other means. It brings to mind scenes from our favorite childhood stories. What’s not to love?
- Plant some herbs.
There are, of course, many medicinal and culinary benefits that herbs provide. But have you thought about the psychological benefits? Proponents of aromatherapy claim that with just a couple deep breaths of lavender or mint, you will feel calmer and more relaxed. And with a herb garden right outside, you will have those heavenly scents drifting through the window at all times. Those steps that take you from your car to your front door will be even more precious than before.
- Install a fantastical knocker.
Many houses today utilize door bells. While this is fine and good, the waning use of the door knocker is a sad song. Door knockers can add a strong dash of character to your door that is hard to incorporate through other means. Some classic options include the lionhead door knocker, the garden dragonfly, or the raised anchor. Of if you can’t find a knocker that provides that little bit of whimsy you are looking for, get one designed and crafted just for you.
- Light up the place with lanterns.
On either side of your front door, or for your porch overhang, consider installing some lantern lights. Outside of illumination, which is a good reason on its own, lanterns provide an old-world feel. For a hundred years before the rise of electric lights, lanterns were on every street and graced the front of many houses. Lanterns also play a prominent role in some of the most well-loved children’s books. Think of the lamppost in C.S.Lewis’ Narnia series. Today, you will likely need to have lantern lights specifically installed, but it may just be worth that extra bit of effort.
A house transforms into a home through the little extra touches that claim it as yours. Most of us don’t have the luxury of buying a house already perfectly designed to fulfill all our childhood and adult fantasies of our dream house. It is on you to create the house of your dreams one addition at a time. Keep your improvements small and manageable, but always be ambitious for what you want to achieve overall. Before you know it, you will be that much closer to the home of your dreams.