Upgrading the exterior of your home – adding curb appeal

Before I get to exterior upgrades…can I just share that this happened?

Ross caught a huge muskie!

Ross took his dad fishing for a day to celebrate his 60th Birthday. What an awesome gift idea he had, too – “experience” gifts are the best kind! I cannot think of one thing that his dad could have wanted more than to spend a day with his son. Plus they caught the largest muskie to ever roam the Land of 10,000 Lakes. But onto the curb appeal and shtuff…

These days new build homes are so plain from a curb appeal standpoint. They are cookie cutter, which serves to make the neighborhood more uniform but also loses that luster of old historic neighborhoods where every house is different yet custom with personal touches. Whether it is a little bit of decorative stone, some decorative corners on trim, a detailed front door or decorative gables, each house should have something to show that someone cared.

Our house started out as the most basic of houses with grey siding and not much else. Nothing else. Ross agreed to add stone eventually and we decided on brick after we drove around a bit. We noticed red brick was a nice compliment to grey siding on similar houses. After he added the brick I started to notice the particular triangle of grey siding above the garage door as well as the inequality of the red brick around the garage door, but grey siding everywhere by the front door. Ross and I decided to add red cedar shakes around the front door, the kitchen window and above the garage door. It really helped our house stand out on the street and look less like a “new-build.” Check out our journey below!

Ross applying brick to the front of the house (see the triangle of grey siding above?)

Ross applying brick to the front of the house (see the triangle of grey siding above?)

Finished brick but something's still missing...(cedar shakes!)

Finished brick but something’s still missing…(cedar shakes!)

Bricked over the cedar post by the front door, but it still wasn't "enough" on that side of the house

Bricked over the cedar post by the front door, but it still wasn’t “enough” on that side of the house

Currently our house is a mix of brick, cedar shakes and grey siding....and we love it!

Currently our house is a mix of brick, cedar shakes and grey siding….and we love it!

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