Gone are the days of "cookie cutter" homes in newly developed communities, where the sameness of each home leaves a less than desirable impression. Today, when you drive through a new neighborhood, each home has a pleasing aesthetic that makes the eye linger in appreciation. This "curb appeal," is very important to us at HistoryMaker Homes as we design homes and communities that both look and feel amazing to live in.
Whether you are a first-time home buyer or moving up for more room, you know great curb appeal when you see it; the house looks balanced, interesting, and well-kept. A nice-looking exterior and landscaping reflect positively on the owners, indicating they take pride in their property. Plus, homes with great curb appeal sell for about 7% more, according to Realtor Magazine, than similar houses with less attractive exteriors. 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. Here are three ways HistoryMaker Homes incorporates curb appeal into every single home we build.
Windows are the "eyes" of the home. They are what command 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 and design. They make the home pleasing to look at. We include large windows in the living areas to let in plenty of natural light. Window placement is a critical component in both the 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, brick, and stone), window placement and sizing, and corbel and beam detailing all play a part in creating an ideal exterior aesthetic.
Tree cover can increase the value of a home up to 9%, which definitely makes trees a worthwhile investment. Another study found that having a landscaped wall or a hedge could result in a 4% increase in value, adding visual appeal and privacy. HistoryMaker Homes are thoughtfully landscaped to enhance both our homes and the lives of those living in them.
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 Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth and see the difference that great curb appeal makes! If you’d like to see the interiors of our beautiful homes as well, please contact us.
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