Interested in improving the curb appeal of your two story traditional home? Fortunately, most homes in this style can be easily improved on a low budget. This week’s home lacks charm. The siding placement makes the house look choppy and unbalanced. By making a few updates, this house can be redesigned into a place you love while increasing your property value.
The 1960s Two Story Traditional
It can be very difficult, if not impossible, to imagine the potential of a home. That is where creativity and Photoshop come in to play for me. It makes it easier to see what could work as well as what will definitely not work for a home. This home just looks kind of dingy and unattractive compared to other homes on the block, which could lower its value. As much as I tried to find inspiration for redesigning this home, I was unable to find anything that was not a huge undertaking.
How to Enhance Curb Appeal
First, find out what you dislike about the home. My initial dislikes:
- Siding placement
- One oddly sized window placement (right side)
- Dainty columns/posts on porch
- Entry is mediocre
Second, find out how to improve those dislikes.
Start with the most glaringly obvious dislike: siding placement. The rest of the house is covered in siding, so getting rid of it won’t be the cheapest option. Working with it is a must.
Extending the siding to the entire second story is an immediate improvement, but we are not stopping there. Either add to existing siding (there are ways to accomplish this over brick), or replace the siding completely.
Next, knock out the entryway and window issue.
I believe that updating the entryway is really what changes this house from mediocre to somewhere I would want to live. You could reuse and relocate the current front door, or replace it altogether. Adding a sidelite to each side of the door makes it stand out. Moving the door requires moving or expanding the stairs as well as the walkway leading up to the door.
Since the house still seems to be lacking something, I would modernize the porch by making the posts thicker with a square shape. A great tutorial for this can be found here. It is inexpensive but time-consuming to do it yourself—I think it would be worth it!
Last, add landscaping and maybe some front porch rocking chairs to really enhance your curb appeal. Finish strong!
Summary – Enhancing Curb Appeal of the 1960s Two-Story Traditional
- Extend siding
- Replace or update and move door
- Extend stairs and walkway
- Thicken and square off columns
- Implement new landscaping
Feedback is always welcome! What do you think? Do you think this update is worth the cost? Is it achievable?
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