Improving Curb Appeal

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Location: West Linn
Project Specs: These clients loved the location of their home and wanted to add some curb appeal. This was easily accomplished by adding a covered porch and a double dormer. The stone veneer was the icing on the cake.

Tips:
In this project, the new dormer had to be affixed to the existing wall in a seamless, elegant design. I love this kind of challenge in residential drafting and appreciate how hard it can be to decide what modification is right for a home. What really needs to change to get the right look and feel? Does the driveway need a redo? What kind of stonework would look good?

I’m a sucker for before and after photos of curb appeal updates. Here are some sites with great ideas:

Homes and Gardens
View the photos in their blog post Before and After: Home Exteriors. It featuring 24 houses that went from ordinary to quite remarkable. The site is also full of ideas for other home improvement projects.

Home and Garden Television
HGTV is a how-to show that used their designers, architects, landscapers, and contractors to turn very plain (read boring) homes into incredible showstoppers. View their 15 Before and After Curb Appeal Makeovers.

This Old House
The updates in their 8 Smart Budget Curb Appeal Makeovers are a bit less involved than some of the above makeovers but still very fun to peruse.

Tom provided all that we needed to get our project approved and underway. He’s a pleasure to work with and does what it takes to get the job done.

The objective of this project was to have anyone approaching and entering the home feel that the house had an easy, comfortable flow. It’s important to have any residential plans drafted with careful consideration of existing beams and unique features.

Work with what you have – and if you are having a hard time seeing the possibilities with your existing structure, consider enlisting the help of an interior designer. He/she may save you lots of money!

West Linn residential drafting plans