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Remodeling to Improve the Curb Appeal of Your Home

Undoubtedly you’ve heard the term “curb appeal” before. But how exactly can “curb appeal” help improve your home?

An attractive façade will not only maximize your home’s value, but it will also increase your enjoyment of your home. And when it comes time to sell your home, an attractive exterior will help speed up the sale process. Wentworth Studio can help create an attractive exterior that is sure to boost the curb appeal and value of your home in the Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia area.

Expert Exterior Remodeling

Achieving proper curb appeal requires a set of design skills that can be found by working with a professional design/build team. Sensitivity to the home’s architectural style, knowledge of proportion and scale, color, material, context and landscape are all critical design considerations for maximizing your home’s curb appeal. Additionally, working with a design/build firm will help ensure any improvements to your home’s façade seamlessly complement the style of your home.

Cost-Effective Curb Appeal Design

When it comes to remodeling projects intended to enhance the exterior of your home and improve curb appeal, a realistic budget is an essential component. Don’t try to do too much with a tight budget. For exteriors, it’s best to avoid anything that could look cheap or unfinished. Concentrate your dollars strategically and realistically to get the most bang for your buck! The Wentworth team of architects and interior designers can guide you through all of the different budgetary options and ensure that you stick to a budget that makes the most sense for you and your home.

Work With Existing Architecture

A radical home exterior change isn’t always necessary – in fact, it’s not always recommended. Occasionally the owner of a Colonial Revival will want to make it over into a more modern home or a Spanish Colonial. Such dramatic changes are not usually the best use of resources, and it’s better to go with the flow of your home. We advise that our clients choose the best possible design within the context of their current home. Whether you have a Colonial or a Victorian, the design shouldn’t work against your home – it should complement it and add value in a realistic way. Strategic choices in design elements are your best bet when if you want to improve curb appeal.

Modern Curb Appeal in Silver Spring, MD

Dated 1960s Silver Spring split-foyer before remodel

Dated 1960s Silver Spring
split-foyer before
remodel

The Wentworth team utilized strategic design choices when enthusiasts of residential modern architecture wanted to update their 1960s split-foyer with the addition of a two-car garage, a modern façade with handsome finishes and a unique front entry to give their home more presence. The new garage meets the demands of an active, multi-car family and provides additional storage, while adding architectural interest to the home. The new front porch, complete with a skylight and an intriguing cube-like form, provides the home with an impressive entry, a gathering spot for family and friends and curb appeal unlike anything in the neighborhood. When designing and constructing the exterior addition, our design/build team took into consideration the scale and mass of the home, using the home’s existing structure to design the new garage.

Silver Spring split-foyer becomes modern work of architecture after exterior facelift

Silver Spring split-foyer
becomes modern work
of architecture after
exterior facelift

In addition to a fresh take on commonly used building materials, unique architectural details surround the home’s new exterior. Glass and steel porch railings express a lean, modern architectural sense – one that met the homeowner’s needs. The transformation from a dated exterior to a sophisticated and modern work of architecture and art proves that an addition and exterior facelift can not only add value and functionality to your home, but can also make it feel completely new!

Merging Old with the New in Chevy Chase, MD

Enhancing the old was the philosophy behind the redesign of a Chevy Chase, Maryland’s home’s façade. Although the home was well located with a high market value, it lacked architectural interest and the homeowners wanted to increase the value of their home.

A Chevy Chase home lacks architectural interest prior to exterior remodel

A Chevy Chase home lacks
architectural interest prior to exterior remodel

The Wentworth team utilized what was good about the existing façade to remodel for higher curb appeal. Architectural changes included enlarging the front-facing existing roof gable and projecting a new small porch gable forward to give the house a more prominent focal point. With a new box-bay window, the home now has clean lines and contemporary appeal. A new entry door flanked by sidelights welcomes guests, and new Tuscan columns were chosen to replace the skinny posts. Smaller details like flagstone paving at the porch and sidewalk also help to transform the home’s appearance.

Strategic design choices give this Chevy Chase home cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing curb appeal

Strategic design choices
give this Chevy Chase home
cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing curb appeal

For this project, we improved this home’s curb appeal through a smart use of space, ideal materials and products and a cost-effective, practical design that suited the owners’ needs.

Remodeling the exterior of your home can be just as important as remodeling the interior, and improved curb appeal can inevitably add to the value, as well as your own satisfaction. If you’re interested in improving the value of your home, contact Wentworth for a curb appeal design consultation today.

“ Just wanted to touch base and share how thrilled I am not only with how the design is playing out, but also the careful construction, and the personableness and consideration of your entire team. ”

Glover Park Client, Washington, DC
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