Appeal Tips: Cape Cod Home Makeover

Curb Appeal Tips: Cape Cod Home Makeover

The exterior of this Cape Cod-style home went from drab to fab, thanks to an improved facade and fresh landscaping. Use the tips from its transformation to boost your home's curb appeal.

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Before, this home's Cape Cod charisma hid behind a dull landscape and lack luster colors. Its amazing transformation shows how you, too, can work a little magic on your home's exterior with a few smart tactics. Overgrown shrubs and trees were traded for cheerful plantings that carry the cottage's friendlier façade to the street. A new stone-retaining wall topped with metal fencing now defines the sloping lot without blocking the view. Wide flagstone paths guide visitors straight to the front door and visually tie the landscape to the home's exterior. Beyond landscaping, changes to the home exterior are wow worthy, too. Adding a portico to the front door was a relatively simple update, but it gives the home a more commanding presence. Dentil molding on the portico columns gives the house a traditional air. A fresh coat of off-white paint unites the brick platting, wood siding and trim, helping the façade stand out rather than recede. Taupe shutters offer just the right subtle contrast. With architectural enhancements, simple cosmetic changes and fresh landscaping, this lack-luster cottage became a remarkable site. Take cues from its transformation and you, too, can have the best home on the block.