Give Your Home Personality: 5 Ways to Add Character
In many neighborhoods around the country, homes were built in a similar style with only relatively minor differences between them. For those who like to stand out from the crowd, or at least express a little individuality, the good news is that there are some small changes that can make a huge difference in the appearance of a home.
Most homes in urban and suburban areas receive light from street lights. However, regardless of the practicality of a light pole, a decorative pole and some well pointed light can add to the aesthetics of a home while making the home both more secure and more welcoming. With modern energy efficient bulbs, exterior lights cost very little to operate. Prewired light poles are sold commercially and are quick and easy to install.
One of the least expensive changes that can be made to a home is to paint the front door a new and appealing color. Choosing a bright color for the front door can make a significant difference in the appearance of a home. For an even more substantial change, the door itself can be replaced. Many development homes were built with inexpensive doors of a similar design. Adding a quality replacement door or storm door is another option for changing the appearance of a home and helping it to stand out from the homes around it. Though more expensive than just painting, a door replacement project can be easily completed in one day.
There are many custom products available on the market that allows homeowners to make a one of a kind statement. One example could be a custom air conditioner cover. Companies make canvas coverings for air conditioning units which protect the units from both the weather and falling objects such as leaves and small limbs. Customized covers to can be deigned to a customer’s specifications allowing a homeowner to create a design that no one else will have. Other custom products that homeowners can find available commercially include grill covers, mail boxes and concrete stamps for use on sidewalks and driveways.
While rain gutters might not be an exciting subject, they are a quick and easy source of a possible home upgrade. Standard white gutters are found on the vast majority of homes in the United States. Choosing to replace these plain white gutters with patterned gutters in a color that accentuates the color of the home is a great way to add a touch of class to a home. Though they are the most expensive option, copper gutters are a great choice for a classy upgrade. Less expensive copper finish gutters are also an option.
Regardless of whether a person is a guest or a family member, he or she will most likely enter through the front door of the home. This means that changes in the interior entryway of the home will make a big impact on the overall impression of the home. From a simple stone tile pad to a charmingly decorated foyer, every home can have a great entryway. At a minimum, an entryway should provide space to store shoes, keys, umbrellas and other similar items to avoid the home having a cluttered feel to those coming in through the door.
A person’s home is typically his or her most visible and most valuable possession. By taking some simple steps to personalize a home, a homeowner will be adding his or her own character to the home. This added character will make the home feel more like home to the owner and will help it to stand out from the crowd for those visiting the home.