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5 Ways to Boost Your St. Catharines Home’s Curb Appeal with The Innovative Group

before and after image of a house after undergoing a curb appeal transfomation

The first impression your home makes matters! Whether you’re looking to attract potential buyers or simply enhance your own enjoyment of your property, strong curb appeal is key. Here at The Innovative Group, a leading residential general contractor in St. Catharine’s, we understand the importance of creating a welcoming and attractive exterior.

In this blog, we’ll explore five impactful ways to elevate your home’s curb appeal, from simple sprucing-up to strategic renovations, with specific examples to guide you.

return on investment of improving curb appeal

1. Spruce Up Your Landscaping

A well-maintained lawn and thoughtfully designed landscaping are the cornerstones of curb appeal. Consider these tips:

  • Tame the Wild: Start by removing overgrown shrubs, weeds, and debris. A clean and tidy yard creates a sense of order and care. Consider using a leaf blower and trimming shears for a quick refresh.

  • Plant for All Seasons: Choose a variety of low-maintenance plants that thrive in St. Catharine’s climate, offering color and texture throughout the year. Here are some examples:

    • Spring: Flowering shrubs like azaleas and rhododendrons, or colorful perennials like tulips and daffodils.
    • Summer: Heat-tolerant plants like ornamental grasses, daylilies, and hydrangeas.
    • Fall: Vibrant foliage trees like maples and burning bushes, or flowering mums and ornamental kale.
    • Winter: Evergreens like spruce or pine trees, or winterberry shrubs with bright red berries.

    Consult a local nursery for expert advice on plant selection based on your sunlight conditions and desired aesthetic.

  • Frame Your Home: Plant trees and shrubs strategically to frame your house and enhance its architectural style. For a classic colonial home, consider symmetrical evergreen shrubs flanking the doorway. For a modern bungalow, low-growing ornamental grasses near the foundation can add a touch of texture.

using trees to help frame a house for curb appeal

2. Refresh Your Façade

A fresh coat of paint can dramatically improve your home’s appearance. Here’s how to choose the right approach:

  • Consult the Experts: If you’re considering a complete exterior repaint, The Innovative Group can provide expert advice on color selection and high-quality painting services. We use only the most durable and weather-resistant paints from brands like Sherwin-Williams or Benjamin Moore.
  • Power Up the Appeal: A power wash can remove dirt, grime, and mildew, restoring the vibrancy of your siding, brick, or stucco. We use professional power washing equipment to ensure a thorough clean without damaging your exterior surfaces.
  • Focus on Details: Don’t forget about your front door! A new coat of paint or a stylish hardware upgrade can make a big difference. Consider a bold pop of color for your front door, or a timeless black finish for a modern touch. The Innovative Group can recommend high-quality hardware options from brands like Schlage or Emtek.

using a bold pop of colour to highlight a front entrance for added curb appeal

3. Let There Be Light!

Proper outdoor lighting not only enhances security but also adds a touch of elegance and warmth. Consider these options:

  • Upgraded Porch Lighting: Replace outdated fixtures with modern sconces or a statement pendant lamp to illuminate your entryway. Consider motion-sensor sconces for added security and convenience.
  • Pathway Illumination: Line walkways and driveways with solar-powered or low-voltage path lights to guide visitors safely during the evenings. Solar path lights are a budget-friendly and eco-friendly option, while low-voltage path lights offer a more permanent and customizable solution.
  • Highlight Architectural Features: Up lighting can showcase your home’s architectural details and create a dramatic nighttime presence. Strategically placed uplights can illuminate columns, arches, or other architectural features.

using low voltage solar powered lights to line a driveway of walkway

4. The Power of a Grand Entrance

Your front door is a focal point, so make it count! Here are some ideas:

  • A Fresh Door: Consider a new front door that complements your home’s style. For a traditional home, a classic solid wood door with a stained finish adds timeless elegance. For a modern home, a sleek fiberglass or steel door with a glass panel creates a clean and contemporary look. The Innovative Group can install high-quality doors from brands like Therma-Tru or Jeld-Wen.
  • Welcome Mat Magic: A stylish doormat adds a touch of personality and provides a functional area for guests to wipe their shoes. Choose a doormat made of durable and weather-resistant materials, such as coir or rubber.
  • Porch Appeal: If your home has a porch, consider adding comfortable seating or a charming swing to create an inviting entry space. Wicker furniture adds a classic touch, while wrought iron furniture

Ready to Take Your Curb Appeal to the Next Level?

The Innovative Group is your trusted partner for all your residential contracting needs in St. Catharine’s. From comprehensive home renovations to strategic upgrades, we can help you achieve the perfect curb appeal for your property. For an added professional opinion , consider contacting a professional real estate agent.

Contact us today for a free consultation and let’s discuss how we can transform your vision into a reality!

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