Before and After: 7 Unbelievable Exterior Remodels
The exterior of a home is a vital component in its overall value—its the first clue buyers (or renters!) get as to what lies inside. A home’s curb appeal is a major factor to be considered when buying or selling a home. To see just how much of a difference it can make, scroll through the jaw-dropping transformations below. They might just inspire you to see the potential in a less expensive home (if you’re a buyer), or motivate you to upgrade your current abode’s façade.
A run-down Victorian home from 1850 received a modern makeover thanks to some bold paint choices and gorgeous, luscious window boxes. Located in upstate New York, the home now feels dramatic and contemporary, while still maintaining its original architecture. “We had all this original detailing on the house that we really wanted to call out in a new way,” the homeowner told Lonny. “We wanted it to be playful and a little silly, so we took it in a Tim Burton-y sort of direction.”
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New paint and landscaping make a massive difference on the façade of this home in Delaware. Reimagining the front entrance and tweaking one of the front windows add classic architectural interest to a home that was previously drab and dated. Landscaping also worked wonders to make the drab exterior feel fresh and new.
See more at: Houzz
In Dallas, a historic Craftsman-style home that had fallen into disrepair is given new life thanks to this amazing transformation. Adding a railing to the front porch, updating the columns, replacing the roof tile, and spending some time on landscaping really make for a dramatic upgrade. Classic gray paint with crisp white trim modernizes the home while still keeping it utterly classic.
See more at: Creative Architects
Designer Michael S. Smith transformed his own weekend retreat near Palm Springs, California to preserve the home’s unique architectural history while modernizing it for daily living. The house was originally built in the ‘70s and designed by architect Howard Lapham. Smith transformed the Mayan Revival space by covering the home in a fresh coat of white paint, restoring the original front doors, and replacing the dried-out landscaping.
See more at: Architectural Digest
A non-descript bungalow in Los Angeles is almost unrecognizable after to a carefully executed make-under. Removing dated awnings and decorative ironwork that felt very passé helped modernize the home’s exterior, while replacing a white picket fence with a taller solid-black version created more privacy and landscaping opportunities. A city ordinance mandated that cars be parked behind the home so a stone driveway was transformed into a sculpture garden with plants that will eventually grow to 5 feet.
See more at: Dwell
This Indiana cedar shake-shingle home has been transformed into a substantial house with Craftsman elements and a bold look. Originally built in the 1920s, the home is a combination of East Coast cottage style and a West Coast bungalow vibe. We love the new paint color, bright yellow front door, and welcoming front porch, which adds architectural interest to an otherwise plain exterior.
See more at: The Estate of Things
The off-center facade of this 1920 Wisconsin home was always a sore spot for its owner, who decided to shift the entrance and transform the exterior to create more of a balanced design. Removing a window, moving the front door location, adding a new brick walkway and gabled entrance, and hanging a pair of symmetrical window boxes may seem like a tall order, but as the evidence shows, the payoff was well worth it.
See more at: Design Sponge
Which of these transformations do you find the most dramatic? Share with us in the comments!