When we were hit this summer with 3 hail storms in about 1 week, we sustained damage to the roof, gutters, and some windows of our home. Lucky for us our homeowners insurance will be replacing those things. So we've been spending a good deal of time researching contractors, materials, and colors... and I've been thinking a lot about curb apeal. When we bought our house back in 2007 the front was very neglected and an over grown bush was hiding the front steps. See what I mean....lots of potential though.
Since then we've removed that bush, added lots of perenials, painted the front door, hung a number plate and wreaths to warm up the appearance. It's a lot better looking today, but still lacking some essentials. Here is what it looks like now. Charming, but needs some color and the front steps are in need of a major facelift.
In the spring we will be replacing the roof and I'm thinking darker shingles would look nice. I made up a little before/after photo with photoshop to give John and I an idea of what it could look like with some upgrades. Now I'm totally sold on darker shingles, some nice shutters, and a new front door. What a difference right?!
And If we replaced the front steps I'm thinking a stone would look great.... but the decision is still out on that one because we also would like to stay original to the house which would mean brick again.
What do you think... does it do the house justice to add stone around the steps (like in my mock up photo) rather than brick?? Got any other ideas to add curb appeal?