3 Ways to Create Curb Appeal in a New Home
Gone are the days of “cookie cutter” homes in newly developed communities, where the sameness of each home leaves a less than desirable impression, and maybe even an unwillingness to live there. Today, when you drive through a new neighborhood, each home should have a distinct and pleasing look that makes the eye linger in appreciation, if just for a second. We call this “curb appeal,” and it’s very important to us at Infinity Custom Homes as we design award-winning homes and neighborhoods that look and feel amazing to live in.
As a home shopper, you know great curb appeal when you see it; the house looks balanced, interesting, and well-kept. As a homeowner, you definitely want it. A nice-looking exterior and landscaping reflect positively on the owners, indicating that you take pride in your property. Plus, homes with great curb appeal sell for about 7% more than similar houses with drab exteriors, if you ever need to move. Overall, high curb appeal makes a community a beautiful place to live, and who doesn’t want that?
There are a few secrets to great curb appeal, though. In this article, we’ll highlight three of the ways Infinity Custom Homes incorporates curb appeal into every single home we build.
1) Thoughtful Window Placements
Windows are the “eyes” of the home. They are what commands the most attention when someone gazes at a home, and what physically lets in critical natural light to brighten the interior. The windows on the front of our homes are thoughtfully chosen and placed to complement the exterior style, design, and aesthetic. They make the home pleasing to look at. At the back of the home, where the largest living area typically is, we add our largest windows to let in the most natural light. Window placement is a critical component in both curb appeal and function of a home.
Proportions are incredibly important to the exterior of a home, creating a “balanced” look. Each exterior element serves a purpose to complement the other architectural elements of the home. Features such as roof masses (gables vs hips), texture types and locations (siding, stucco, and stone), window placement and sizing, and corbel and beam detailing all play a part in creating an ideal exterior aesthetic.
Your landscape is an extension of your unique personality and style, which is why we offer a variety of bedlines, shrub packs, plant sizes and types to add the final, special touch to your new home. We offer professional landscaping packages on all our homes, and homeowners are able to personalize their landscape package if they wish. Your front yard is beautiful from the start, and over time it will mature to add even more curb appeal to your home. What’s more, in several of our communities — Enclave at Highpointe, Laurel Point, and Freeport Greene — the homeowners association takes care of yard maintenance for you. So you have the peace of mind knowing that your home and community will look great, no matter the weather or the season.
If you’re searching for a new home with built-in curb appeal, we’d love for you to come visit any of our new home communities in Pittsburgh and see the difference that great curb appeal makes. Please contact us to schedule a personal tour.