How is your home’s curb appeal? Sometimes, changing your entryway can give your home the feeling of an entire exterior renovation. Plus, according to REMODELING magazine’s 2013 Cost vs. Value Report, exterior remodeling – particularly updating the entry — is among the most valuable home improvements you can invest in. In fact, installing a steel front entry door topped this year’s survey for value, letting homeowners recoup an estimated 85.6 percent of the cost at resale. But there’s a lot you can do to your entry that’s way more exciting than just installing a steel door! Here are a few ideas to get you thinking:
- Raise the height of your existing exterior – remodeling options include installing a window directly over the door and framing it as a single unit. This adds impact to the entire front of your home.
- Small, covered porches not only offer you and your guests protection from the elements, they can also visually and functionally extend your home’s foyer to the exterior. Renovation might give you the chance to build in a swing or covered patio with seating.
- Upgrade the materials and the scale. For example, many homes in our area have concrete walkways and steps leading to the front door. It’s a fairly easy exterior remodeling job to cap them with brick or flagstone. Or, for an even bigger impact for your home’s exterior, renovation might include starting fresh with a much wider, more gracious set of steps and replacing a straight, utilitarian walkway with a beautifully curved walk of brick, stone, slate or flagstone.
These are just a few ideas for upgrading your entry and giving a facelift to your home’s entire exterior. Renovation opens all kinds of possibilities! For ideas, check out our exterior remodeling photo gallery.