Chances are you spend a large amount of your time looking at the interior of your house. It is where you live your life, after all. The sofa that you collapse down onto after a long day of work, the bedroom walls that you decorated after consulting swatches for months on end – it’s all on the inside. There is no arguing against the interior being your priority, either – it just makes sense.
Nevertheless, the view that greets you at the front of your house deserves some attention every now and again too. Whether you are thinking of selling and thus constantly worrying about the elusive “curb appeal”, or just want a more pleasant visual when you arrive home every day, the exterior of your house has the answers.
However, sometimes you might not know the questions that you should be asking. You know you want the outside of your home to look nice, but that does not really explain itself, does it? Establishing the issues that you want to fix can be tricky, so narrowing it all down becomes a priority.
Ask Yourself… What is My Grand Idea for the Front of My House?
If you could come up with two words to describe your ideals for the exterior, what would you choose? Here is some inspiration to get you started:
- Homely and Comforting
- Smart and Modern
- Familiar and Well-Tended
- Open and Simple
These two words should give you a guide point on the style you want, which you can then use to influence the rest of your thinking.
Ask Yourself… What Would I Change Immediately?
If you had a magic wand that could instantly change something about the front of your house, what would it do?
If you are aiming for smart and modern, chances are you would look to trim back the greenery, perhaps even install a new drive, and swap out older-looking window frames for a more modern look. For familiar and well-tended, your focus would be on making sure everything is at it should be, such as weeding the flower beds or finally getting around to that garage door repair that you have been putting off. And so on and so forth: the one thing you would fix, without concern for time or financial constraints, in an instant.
It then makes sense to try to aim for anything that is going to make that immediate wish come true. It might be a long process that involves saving up for work to be done, but it will be worth it when you know you are getting to the root of how you want things to be different.
Ask Yourself… Do I Have to Take Anything Else Into Consideration?
Before you go plowing in, try to remember that you are going to have to consider some things. Your neighbors, for example, might not be friendly to the idea of a tree house or long renovation work starting without their consent. You have to aim for the things you want, but try to be considerate of others as you go about achieving them.