Love your neighborhood, but not necessarily the look of your home? One of the best places you can start to improve your house is the exterior. Many homeowner’s are deciding to stay in their existing homes longer, versus moving to a different home or building a new home. But, many become sick of the look of their houses. Sure, you can undergo a complete whole house transformation and even add a room addition or even a second floor to change the look.
However, for a much more modest investment, you can also dramatically alter the appearance by changing the siding and trim and adding other elements such as a new front covered porch entry, a couple of dormers to the existing roof and even a pergola. All those elements, paired with a new exterior paint job, can combine to add interest and refresh the look of your home.
A great example of changing the appearance of a home comes from an exterior remodel and makeover project to a home in Zionsville, Indiana. The scope of this project included complete siding and trim replacement. The old wood siding and trim was removed and new James Hardi fiber cement siding and fiber cement exterior trim was installed. In this case, the homeowner’s decided on a combination of lap siding, shake siding and smooth paneled siding to create a unique look.
Along with new fiber cement and exterior trim, a new front entry covered porch was added. Front entry porches are great! Not only do they add style, but they are functional in keeping incoming guests out of the weather such as rain or snow Complimenting the added front entry porch are two new roof dormers, which break up the long linear roof lines and add style!
Before and After siding and trim:
To the rear, the old weathered pergola or trellis was removed. In it’s place, a new cedar wood pergola was installed. The homeowner’s also decided to address the aging concrete patio slab. A new concrete patio and walk way was installed to tie in the new look of the home!
Before and after pergola:
The above is a perfect example of renewing the look of your home. Sure, it is a sizeable investment, but far less costly than a whole house remodel or adding additions. In this case, the homeowners were able to get brand new siding and trim as well as dress up the look of their home!
For information on updating the look of your Indianapolis are home, contact Gettum Associates. Gettum Associates is an award winning home remodel contracto serving the Indianapolis area since 1987.
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