I’ve long been a strong proponent of making a statement at the front door. Nowadays they call that Curb Appeal. I call it — finishing the home. Without a thoughtful exterior, what do you expect to find inside? Mash potatoes? Often, that is the case.
Not in an Alway Home. Nope. I guess I’ve created a bit of a reputation with my take on Curb Appeal!
My approach is unique. I like texture and color. I love a mix of materials — both expected and unexpected.
The home above sold NEW in the mid-$300’s which in the Salem, Oregon housing economy is mid-range — but on the low-end for a custom build. I let you know that to put it in context. This house is not one of the 7,000 soft custom’s I am currently working on.
For starters, a one-off front door is essential. As I’ve said many times before in this blog, the front door is the hand-shake, the meet & greet, the WELCOME to your home. It should say something gracious and happy! Not something manufactured and vinyl.
Second, I am a big believer in REAL materials. Real stone. So you can’t afford to do the entire home in stone? That doesn’t mean you can’t use a bit of it where it counts. Brick and stone go together like — I don’t know — pizza and Coke? They are best friends. So don’t be afraid to use BOTH.
I’m also not afraid of color. No, I don’t think painting a house pink is a good idea – or purple – or turquoise – or neon green. But I DO think nature is absolutely FULL of fabulous colors and the range is outstanding. If you want a great color palate, I like DEVINE colors. Go to your local paint shop and ask for a palate board. You will not be disappointed. You can always have a strong exterior paint color matched to one of their samples.
I leave you with another shot of an affordable new home with outstanding curb appeal.