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Landscaping Projects to Increase Curb Appeal

So, you want to increase your curb appeal. Putting some attention on your home’s curb appeal is a terrific way to boost property value. It’s also a fantastic solution to get your home sold quickly. Even if you aren’t looking to list anytime soon, spending some time on your home’s curb appeal is a worthy investment. 

There are many aesthetic improvements you can make to the outside of your home. Things like redoing your roof or siding or repainting your front door are some popular choices. However, when it comes to boosting curb appeal, nothing works quite as well as good, old-fashioned landscaping. 

Before you shrug and lament that landscaping isn’t something in your wheelhouse, take a look at all the amazing landscaping projects you can do to increase your home’s curb appeal. 

Project #1: Give it a Trim 

Focus first on giving your lawn a good trim. Mow it. Pull the weeds. Cut and shape the shrubs. If it’s been a while since you’ve invested in a good “haircut” for your lawn, you’ll be surprised by what a huge difference this little project makes. 

While you’re working on your yard, put some attention on getting your grass green. Try putting your lawn on a watering schedule to get the grass green. If not, you can always take shortcuts with sod. 

Project #2: Add Some Plants 

If you don’t have plants, consider adding some. You don’t have to have an elaborate garden to make an impact. Try to choose low-maintenance plants that can survive year-round – like petunias.  

Potted plants are usually easier to maintain, too. However, don’t be afraid of adding a small garden if you have the time for a little daily upkeep. A few plants can make a significant difference in making your home stand out. 

Project #3: Hardscaping 

If maintaining your lawn or growing plants is not something you can manage – consider hardscaping instead. Hardscaping is landscaping using hard materials like gravel, rocks, pebbles, mulch, and stone to create visually appealing yards without the hassle. 

Hardscaped lawns are particularly trendy in dessert climates, but they can look good anywhere. If you decide to hardscape, consider hiring a designer or doing a bit of research on hardscaping before diving in. 

Project #4: Focus on The Porch 

People are spending significantly more time lounging in their yards these days. As a result, home buyers are looking for homes with plenty of outdoor seating areas. If you don’t have a front porch, consider adding one. 

If you have a porch or patio already, take some time to spruce it up and make it look inviting. A fresh coat of paint and tasteful furniture and decorations can work wonders. 

Project #5: Pay Attention to the Entrance 

Step back and look at your home. More specifically, look at the pathway from the curb to your front door. Does it look intriguing or inviting? Consider lining your entrance walkway with plants or lights. 

If you don’t have a sidewalk that leads up to your front door, be sure to add pavers or a walkway of some kind. 

Project #6: Revamp the Driveway 

Homebuyers are also on the hunt for large driveways. Take a peek at your driveway and see how it looks. If you have a gravel driveway, make sure it’s nice and level. If you have a concrete driveway, make sure it isn’t cracked or stained. 

Spend some time making your driveway look nice and ready to handle plenty of cars. If you don’t have a driveway or covered parking area – consider adding one. 

Project #7: Add Lighting

Once you’ve done all this work on your home, you want to make sure people can see it. Upgrade your outdoor lighting fixtures and toy around with different lighting options. 

There are spotlights, street lamps, porch lights, garden lights, decorative twinkle lights, colorful ambiance lights, and more. Spend some time thinking about your yard’s lighting design and the areas of it you want to highlight, and then purchase and install the lighting features you need to bring your concept to life. 

Increase Your Curb Appeal with Landscaping

Even if you don’t have a green thumb, there are still plenty of ways to increase your curb appeal with landscaping projects. All seven projects above are DIY and budget-friendly, so there’s no reason not to start boosting your curb appeal today. 

Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.

Quick Backyard Remodeling Projects To Do This Summer

We have all had backyard remodeling projects on our minds this Summer.

Summertime likely will be welcoming more people into your backyard as we all look to entertain outdoors during these beautiful few months. Warmer weather, more time with our families, and the endless possibilities for outdoor activities make the season a favorite! Since many of us are homebound due to COVID-19 as summer quickly approaches, it’s a great time to take on any of our favorite exterior backyard remodeling projects! 

For more inspiration, make sure to check out Ecoscape’s portfolio 

Redo driveway - summer projectsRedo Your Driveway

Driveways serve both aesthetic and practical purposes and are a part of the first impression of your home. Considering increased rain during summer and spring months, you’ll want to make sure that your driveway drain is properly equipped to handle runoff water without damaging your landscaping that is likely flourishing during these summer months. 

Driveway designs (also called hardscape),  can range in a multitude of different ways. The most common is concrete. Pavers and brick can also serve as a functional yet aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional concrete.

 

Summer ProjectsCraft an Outdoor Kitchen

This will certainly help you stand out to the neighbors! A grill gazebo is a fun DIY project that gives you a lot of free reign to craft a fun new space to the backyard. These gazebos don’t need to be large, just wide enough to fit the grill. Then, you can add in seating, food storage, or even a wine rack! 

You can also craft a backyard fire pit quite easily! A backyard fire pit is great for hanging out with friends and family or crafting the perfect s’ more. You will likely be able to check out your local home store for a fire ring that you can purchase. If not, check online for guides as to how you can use concrete pavers or blocks to make your own. 

 

Up Your Deck Game

Summertime is the best time of year to gather with friends and family, and just a few tweaks to your existing deck can make the space even more perfect for entertaining!

Crafting an outdoor oasis can be as easy as hanging string lights, adding comfortable seating, and purchasing an outdoor rug. Outdoor string lights instantly make the space feel more comfortable and inviting and is a great stage to set for gathering with friends. Outdoor rugs can be quite inexpensive and will give the deck a more sophisticated feel and add personality to the space. 

 

A Fresh Paint Job

Summertime brings the heat, and it can be more difficult to paint a home during the summer. Especially hot days can cause the paint to dry and crack before it can be brushed out, so the spring period leading up to summer is the perfect time to freshen up your home’s coat of paint. A fresh coat of paint can also be a great time to consider roof and siding color combinations since darker roof colors will bring more heat during these hot months and will increase your energy bill.

The excitement of the summer will be complemented by any of these great home projects. 

 

Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.