There are many ways to add curb appeal to your flat front house that do not include breaking the bank or excessive renovation. It is all about choosing the correct ways to add dimension and personality to your home, while making it specific to the style of house that you have. Let’s dive into what you can add today.
What is curb appeal?
Curb appeal is the way an outsider sees the exterior of your home from the street or the sidewalk. Curb appeal is important because it directly affects the way you feel in your home, and it helps raise your property value if you are ever looking to sell your house. Ultimately, what matters most is what you like and how you feel about your home's exterior, but curb appeal is a good thing to keep in mind.
Flat front houses
Many flat front homes lack style and dimension because home owners are unaware of how to style them. Flat front home owners often struggle to find ways to add curb appeal to their homes because of the nature of the house. So, what are ways to add curb appeal to a flat front home?
Lighting on the outside of your house is important for curb appeal, and safety reasons. Image courtesy of Unsplash.
Find the right lighting
Finding lighting that makes your house look more than one-dimensional will create the illusion that your house is longer, taller, or deeper than it actually is. From the sidewalk or street, and especially at night, the lighting outside of your home could be your make or break curb appeal item. Having more than just a few lights that can illuminate different parts of your home from the outside can make the effect of having multiple layers to your house rather than the facade being one dimensional.
Lighting on the outside of your house is also an important safety feature. The way your house is seen at night is not only important when it comes to curb appeal, but you always want to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to lighting up your home at night. Making sure that your home is lit up will keep away intruders at night, and also draw in the eyes of passer-byers.
Choosing the correct flowers that compliment your yard is an important part of curb appeal. Image courtesy of Unsplash.
Perfecting your yard
Although it may seem like a lot of hard work, perfecting your lawn and your gardens in your yard will go a long way with a flat front house. Having multiple flower beds in front of your house can easily add dimension, and having a well-kept lawn instantly adds curb appeal to any home because it draws attention immediately.
A flower garden will make any home brighter and happier, and in turn increase curb appeal. But, you want to focus on flowers that will complement the color of your home, and bed shapes that will do the same. Round flower beds often look nice with flat front homes because it adds shape to the yard.
Adding symmetry to your house by utilizing the shapes of your sidewalks can help to create dimension. Image courtesy of Unsplash.
Focusing on the sidewalks
If you do not already have a sidewalk that walks straight up to your front door from the main sidewalk, this might be something that interests you. Adding a straight walk-up like this will add symmetry to the front of your house, and the linear nature of it will create dimension and make your house look taller.
Additionally, keeping your sidewalks up to date is important for curb appeal in any type of home. You don’t want people tripping on chunks of concrete or torn out bricks as they are coming up to your house. Keeping things tidy and updated will add a lot to your home.
Adding a stoop to your front door can add dimension and height to your home. Image courtesy of Unsplash.
Adding a “stoop”
Although it may be a bit more work, adding a stoop to your front door is another great way to add dimension to the front of your house. This is in between a porch and just the front door, adding some height, as well as a place to sit if you want to. Generally stoops are made of wood or stone, and are pretty small in size, so they fit right between flower beds and under the front door.
Adding these steps at the front of your house will also give the illusion that your flower beds are larger. In this case, you are able to use taller flowers or even bushes to help elongate your home, if that is something you are interested in.
Adding a small porch onto the front of your house can completely change the curb appeal of your flat front home. Image courtesy of Unsplash.
One final option, and on the pricier side, is to do some large renovations to create more depth in your flat front house. The most common of these renovations would be building a front porch. This is a great option for people who live in areas with nice weather, as you may not want to be sitting on your porch when it is freezing outside.
Another larger renovation would be to repaint the outside of your home, and test out more than one color to add a bit of dimension to the front of the house. If this feels like too large of a step for you, adding new shutters that are a brighter and more vibrant color could also create depth in the front of your home, and make your windows look larger.
Making your home unique to you is what is most important. Image courtesy of Unsplash.
There are many ways that you can spruce up your home to increase curb appeal, but you have to go with what works best for you and your family. Making sure that your home has a personality that reflects you is most important.