Morris Builders Inc.

(616) 874-6110
143 Courtland St.
Rockford, MI 49341

What makes one house a head turner and another just okay? A fine front door, a pleasing color scheme, and landscaping that softens the hard edges. Together these features can make your home stand out on the street, giving you a sense of pride when you come home each day.

Take a look at these 16 ways to liven up your home's curb appeal!

Dress up your front door - Your home's front entry is the focal point of its curb appeal. Make a statement by giving your front door a blast of color with paint or by installing a custom wood door.

Replace old hardware - House numbers, the entry door lockset, a wall-mounted mailbox, and an overhead light fixture are all elements that can add style and interest to your home's exterior with little cost and effort.

Install outdoor lighting - Low-voltage or solar landscape lighting makes a huge impact on your home's curb appeal while also providing safety and security. Fixtures can add accent lighting to trees, the house or can illuminate a walking path.

Create an instant garden - Container gardens add a welcoming feel and colorful appeal to any home exterior -- quickly and affordably. You can buy ready-made containers from garden centers or create your own with your favorite plants.

Mailbox makeover - Mailboxes should complement the home and express the homeowner's personality. Replace your mailbox with a more stylistic one, add some paint or plant some flowers at the base.

Renew planter beds - Get garden beds into shape by pruning growth, pulling weeds, planting flowers, and adding new mulch to restore color that was taken away by sunlight and harsh weather.

Add arbors or fence panels - Arbors, garden gates, and short sections of decorative fence panels will enhance your garden and the value of your home.

Add outdoor art - Give your yard a little spunk by adding weather-resistant artwork. Choose pieces that complement your home's natural palette and exterior elements.

Add shutters or accent trim - Shutters and trim add a welcoming layer of beauty and color to your home's exterior.

Replace gutters and downspouts - If your home has an older gutter system, odds are it's also suffering from peeling paint, rust spots, or other problems that can convey a sense of neglect.

Renew paint, siding, and trim - An exterior facelift (new paint, siding, or trim details) automatically transforms the look of a home. Periodic maintenance of that exterior surface is the surest way to keep your house looking its best.

Tile your doorstep - Create a permanent welcome mat by tiling or painting a design that contrasts with the porch floor or front stoop.

Dress up the driveway - If your driveway is cracked or stained or has vegetation sprouting from it, you can upgrade it without doing a complete redo. First repair the cracks and stains (and kill the weeds), then dress it up by staining the concrete or affixing flagstones.

Build a walkway - Well-designed walkways make your home feel warm and inviting.

Upgrade railings - Porch and stoop railings can deteriorate quickly if not treated properly. If your railings are past their prime, opt for quality wood or metal components to replace the existing material.

Apply stone veneer - Nothing carries pedigree and permanence like stone. It's a great option for dressing up exterior features such as concrete foundations, column footings, and other masonry details.

So how will you be livening up your home? Need help choosing or installing materials? No problem, give us a call!  616-874-6110

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