Why Your Exterior Needs Better Character (And How to Get It!)

Is your home's exterior looking a little drab? These homes were too, until character-boosting updates completely transformed their dull facades. Take a cue from their makeovers and you too can refresh your exterior.

If your home's exterior is a little boring, take a cue from one of these character [UNKNOWN] makeovers. Have a home that fades into the background. This one went from washed out to wow worthy with an east coast inspired remodel. Architectural enhancements and slate blue shingles give the exterior seaside appeal. A new portico signals the point of entry. To bring the front door forward, it was painted navy and surrounded with sidelights and white trim. A simple porch featuring an attached pergola extends a breezy invitation. To finish the look, and expanded brick path forms a clear connection between the street and the front door. A botched remodeling job left this place in shabby shape, and poor design choices buried it's mid-century charm. Sunny hints of color make the 1950s ranch come alive. Crisp white trim pops against its harvest gold backdrop and plays up its vintage vibes. To make the home look larger, sleek glass doors replaced heavy wood models. A cedar plank fence adds privacy. Overgrown bushes were replaced with easy-care shrubs that compliment, not compete with, the home's freshened up facade. A tiny front stoop made this cottage's entrance feel insignificant. And the run down property needed some serious TLC. To boost it's simple design and vintage charms, the home's original diamond patterned windows were restored and the exterior was splashed with rich blue-green paint. A new columned porch clearly articulates the path to the front door. Finally, plantings along the sidewalk make it look more inviting. With a few enhancements these easy to overlook exteriors gain unbeatable character. [MUSIC]

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