Q: My husband and I are ready to enhance our home’s curb appeal, but aren’t sure where to start. Are there certain updates that might suit our Cape Cod style home better than other updates?

A: Living in New England is truly the best blend of old and new. We have endless amounts of historical charm all throughout the region, and homeowners everywhere are mixing both modern and old styles to spruce up their homes.

If you are a New England homeowner who wants to make your curb appeal look unforgettable, one of the keys is to play off the architecture of your home. With various styles of homes in our area, your own home’s architecture leaves clues in terms of how to enhance your home’s curb appeal.

Below are some of the most common housing styles in New England and how you can transform them into something unforgettable this spring season:

Cape Cod Curb Appeal Ideas for Spring:

Cape cods are a very traditional home style. You’ll find them all throughout New England and even across the country. This style of home includes a large, central chimney, steep roof, double hung windows and dormers, and a captain’s stairway.

Cape cod curb appeal is beautifully enhanced with vinyl shake shingles. This gives the exterior of a Cape Cod home an authentic coastal look and feel. Not only will new vinyl shakes enhance your exterior, but it can also help save you money. This option is often cheaper than cedar or redwood shakes, takes less time to install, and requires significantly less maintenance. In addition, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2017 Cost Vs. Value Report, siding replacement offers a nearly 74% return on investment!

You can also complement your walkway with custom stone steps that lead right up to your front steps. Cape Cod style homes are symmetrical homes, so consider placing large flower pots on each side of the front door—the idea is to keep your Cape Cod curb appeal balanced yet beautiful.

Colonial Curb Appeal Ideas for Spring:

Colonial homes are another classic home architecture here in New England. These homes were developed during the colonial period in the 1700s. They were constructed along the Eastern seaboard and are symmetrical in style. They feature two windows on either side of the entry door with four or five windows on the second floor.

Similarly to Cape Cod style homes, double hung windows are also complementary to Colonial curb appeal. This is especially the case if you choose to install decorative grids, which gives your curb appeal an extra authentic touch.

If you live in a Colonial home, you have a lot of options in terms of landscaping. Those who want a traditional look can plant flowering bushes on either side of the walkway, which leads up to a cheery bright red door. According to the National Association of Realtors, a red front door conveys passion, energy, and excitement. Add two large spiral topiaries on either side of the door, and you’ll encompass every beautiful aspect that Colonial curb appeal has to offer.

Victorian Home Curb Appeal Ideas for Spring:

Victorian homes cater to those with a specific taste. These homeowners love fine details and quality craftsmanship from the tip of the roof to the large front porch. A Victorian home certainly stands out all on its own, and enhancing its curb appeal can really take its impression to the next level.

What are the best Victorian curb appeal ideas for spring? Victorians are eclectic home styles, so there is no set of rules to follow for this architecture. However, keep in mind that Victorians still possess specific elements such as a variety of shapes and styles with its windows. You’ll find anything from double hung windows to geometric and bay windows in Victorian homes.

However, a window isn’t just a window in a Victorian home. You’ll want to be sure that you add ornate grids to take the curb appeal to the next level. Door design also matters, so make sure that you pay special attention to materials, hardware, and color of your entry door. Fiberglass is an excellent upgrade alternative over wood entry doors, since they are not prone to peeling, warping or fading. They also don’t require extensive maintenance, cost less than real wood, and are much more energy efficient.

If you plan to invest in a new door for your Victorian, keep the following energy efficiency criteria in mind from Energy Star:

  • Energy efficient entry doors have a tight fit with a new magnetic strip to reduce air leakage
  • They possess improved core materials with a polyurethane foam core
  • Multiple glass panes add insulation and reduce heat flow

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