When was the last time that you paid close attention to the outside of your home? How does it look from the street when you drive by? Does the paint need retouching? Does your garage door look like it was from another decade? Do you have curb appeal?
Curb appeal is the first impression the house makes from the outside. You can increase the sense of pride and enjoyment the appearance of your home as you drive into it by just changing one dominant feature of the front of your home. If you want to change the message your home is sending, improving its curb appeal is a great place to start, says the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).
Brainstorming Your Curb Appeal
Start by driving slowly through your own neighborhood or one that you admire and look carefully at the other homes. Ask yourself what catches your eye. Which homes stand out to you? Write down what it is that gets your attention about a particular home. Snap some digital picture of your favorites. Do you see any patterns in what you wrote down and the pictures you took?
The Garage Door is a Major Focus Point
One of the most noticeable architectural element of your home is the garage door. Most homes today are designed with garages that are visible from the street. If the garage holds two or more cars, then it is a dominant feature of your curb appeal. How does yours look? If you haven’t been in the garage door market for a while, then you are in for a treat. Today’s garage doors are safer, stronger and better insulated. There are tons of styles, colors and new materials from which to choose – wood, steel, fiberglass, or even molded plastic. Take time to learn the advantages of each material. Even the window treatments on these doors have been redesigned to match your own window style.
Most architects or designers will advise you to begin your choice of garage doors by considering the style of your home. The new door should complement the architecture of the house, not confuse it. Determine if you want your new door to look outstanding or simply blend in with the other exterior details. The color of your garage door should complement the overall house color as well as the window trim colors. Some models are available in a limited range while other manufacturers offer custom colors as well.
The Garage Door Medics is the service division of Garage Door Enterprises. We have installed thousands of garage doors in San Diego and carry all of the latest and greatest in garage doors and garage door openers. We are located at 5319 Grant St. San Diego CA 92110. Call 855-FIX-A-DOOR to have a garage door design consultant come out to your home and help you determine the correct garage door for lifestyle and type of home.