Curb AppealFirst Steps

REVITALIZATION

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Curb Appeal Checklist

 

Curb Appeal Budget Tips

 

Curb Appeal Ideas

 

Curb Appeal Ideas (Printable version)

 

Curb Appeal Tips for Renters

 

For Landlords:

             10 Ways Curb Appeal               Pays Rent

 

             Curb Rental Vacancy              Rates

 

             Your Property is a              Reflection of You

 

 

Neighborhood  Revitalization

 

 

 

 

 

Step 1:  Identify the architectural style of your home

What is

Vernacular Architecture?

 

*Vernacular architecture is a traditional form of

building that reflects local environmental influences, uses locally available building materials, and is often passed down from generation to generation.  The architectural description “vernacular style” is often used to describe all non-architect designed buildings, or hybrids displaying bits and pieces of various styles.

Other Resources for Home Architectural Style Guides

 

Visit Historic New England 

 

And This Old House

 

Words of Wisdom…

 

“An overwhelming

majority of houses have suffered from ill-conceived

attempts to upgrade and improve their exteriors that destroyed much of their

character…

Successful curb appeal is more than adding

embellishments or an

expensive new door but requires an understanding of architecture...”

 

~ Old House Guy

Historical

Character Tip

 

Many houses in America had windows (and exterior shutters) that were painted dark.  Black and green were the two most common colors in the 19th century.  Painting your window sash and muntins a dark color will enhance the look of almost any old or historic house.

 

~The Old House Experts

 

Step 2: Take an honest look at your home’s existing curb appeal

Step 3: Working within your budget, prioritize and make a plan

Use the Curb Appeal Checklist to determine what needs work, repair or upgrading  to the exterior of your property.

Many home improvement projects can be daunting even for the handiest Do-It-Yourselfer.  Some projects cost little money like updating house numbers or planting a few flowers.  Other projects like replacing a roof or foundation costs thousands of dollars.  Click here for Budget Tips for planning your curb appeal projects.

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Knowing whether your home is a Queen Anne, Greek Revival, Colonial Revival, Italianate Vernacular* or other period architecture will be key for preventing and possibly reversing potential injustices to your old house! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Neighborhood Revitalization Plan highlights the unique, potentially historic, architecture of our neighborhood.  To help you identify your home or apartment building’s architectural style and to view house styles in our neighborhood, click here:   “The Architectural Character of the Neighborhood”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The “Curb Appeal Ideas” section has numerous suggestions to add curb appeal and value to your home.  But not all suggestions may be appropriate for your home’s architecture.  That is why it is important to know the architectural style of your dwelling!  Adding shutters to a Queen Anne...big no no!  Thinking about replacing your single pane windows?  Knowing what is architecturally appropriate is paramount to maintaining the character and architectural integrity of your home.  Throughout the Curb Appeal suggestions, you will find Historical Character Tips like the one to the right to maintain or restore historical attributes to your home. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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