If you’re a homeowner, you are probably constantly thinking of ways that you can update your home and make it more beautiful. Often times, this will lead to renovations with different rooms such as the bathroom, the kitchen, or your master bedroom. The reason you like to think of these upgrades, is because your thinking ahead and trying to add value to your home should you ever decide to put it on the market. However, you may be ignoring one area of your house where you can add significant value, while at the same time increasing your curb appeal. This specific area we're talking about is your porch. Now, you might be thinking porch renovations can be very expensive. And while this is true, in this article we will show you a few ideas of how you can give your porch makeover without spending an arm and a leg.
The first thing you want to do is make a list of priorities of things that you would want or not want outside. Think about how you want your home to look, and the message you want to send to any potential buyers or passer buyers. Look at the landscaping and see if it needs any updates. Also, check out other things such as your furnishings, shutters, and door numbers. If any of these are out of place or seem run down, these may want to take certain priority.
Once you have an idea in mind of what you want to do, the best way you can get started is to just simply clean up. By cleaning up you can significantly improve the look of your porch tenfold. And the best part is that it won’t cost you anymore than what it takes to invest in a broom, a few cleaning supplies, and your time. Also, if you’re feeling particularly motivated, you can add a fresh coat of paint or at the very least, power wash all the dirt and grim that has been building up for who knows how long.
One simple upgrade you can make to your porch that is inexpensive is, painting your door. A freshly painted door literally can make all the difference and help your porch to pop. Just make sure that you find the perfect color before you start painting. Keep in mind that because of the outdoor lighting, the colors will show up more intensely outside than inside. And light colors have a tendency to look washed out.
If your door is past the point of a simple paint job, then maybe it's time to replace it. Thankfully, if you have a standard size porch door, you can usually purchase one for under $1000, including installation. A new door can literally add a new look and feel, which will bring new life to your porch. As well as add extra value to your home.
Furniture is also another upgrade that you can make they can add elegance and luxury to your porch. And in the good news is, you can often times find great pieces at secondhand stores or thrift stores They may just need a little work to bring it back to life. In fact, sometimes the best pieces are fixer uppers, because they add in a sense of rustic elegance that is completely unique to your home.
When giving your porch a makeover, don't forget about the little things. By little things we mean new door handles, a pretty doorknocker, a vintage mailbox, doorbells, old style house numbers, etc. These may seem small in theory. However in combination that add simple, yet elegant touches that will make your porch stand out.
These are all but a few ideas that you could try to upgrade your porch. Just remember, that with proper planning and a little extra effort you can inexpensively create the porch of your dreams.
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