By Lauren Busser, The House Designers' Editorial Director
August is National Curb Appeal Month and we want to help you enhance your home during these dog days of summer. We have compiled some of our favorite exterior home design products to help your home make a good first impression.
Select an Amazing Front Entry Door
When guests walk up to your home the first thing they will see is your front door. Your front entry door needs to be handsome enough to make a good first impression but also stand up to the elements and would-be intruders. A lot of older wood doors can crack and split but new metal and fiberglass doors provide greater security and provide plenty of attractive options and configurations.
Therma-Tru's® collection of fiberglass entry doors is a force to be reckoned with. With a number of selections to choose from you can select the style you want in a configuration that will flatter your home's exterior style. And with their new decorative glass options you can get an entry door that is sure to wow all your visitors.
Focus on Trim
Show off your good taste with decorative moulding, millwork, door and window trim. Add style and elegance with top-quality, low-maintenance urethane millwork and PVC trim to add a decorative touch to your home’s facade. Designed to save you time and money, Fypon® Moulded Millwork comes out of the box and goes on your house with less effort than wood or comparable products. Miterless moldings, two-piece ceiling medallions and door trim kits install quickly and easily.
Don't Forget a Gorgeous Garage Door
A gorgeous garage door is the perfect compliment to your home's exterior. You don't need to settle for ordinary garage doors when you can get stunning styles from Clopay®. With a variety of garage doors that fit a variety of exterior styles you are sure to find a door that will take your garage from ordinary to extraordinary whether you live in a classic cottage or a modern mansion.
Show Off Your Siding
Your home's siding is a large part of its curb appeal. Whether you want vinyl or beautiful cedar shakes make sure that your siding gives you plenty of bang for your buck.
We love CertainTeed® Cedar Impressions® Shakes and Shingles. They are a great way to add texture and a bit of rustic charm to your home. They are perfect for your entire home or as an accent. The best part is, although they look like realistic cedar shakes, they don’t have the costly maintenance real shakes can incur.
Polish It With Landscaping
You have been looking at dirt and building materials for months as you watch your dream home come alive. Now it’s time to turn brown into green. Trees, shrubs and lawn areas will change the ambiance of your property from work site to beautiful retreat.
The best way to tackle this part of your project is with a landscape plan. A landscape architect or reputable garden center will help you maximize the unique aspects of your site, whether hilly or flat, put in hardscape such as paths and even create garden rooms to give your new home that extra sparkle that will make you smile every time you turn into your driveway.