Affordable Ways to Make Your House Stand Out in a Cookie Cutter Neighborhood

Affordable Ways to Make Your House Stand Out in a Cookie Cutter Neighborhood

Depending on when and where your home was built, there is a chance that some may consider your area to be filled with “cookie cutter” houses. What this typically means is that all of the homes tend to have a very similar look and feel to them.

However, while this may be the case structurally, it certainly does not have to mean that you can’t make your home stand out from the others – in fact, it can mean just the opposite. With just a bit of creativity, and some additional “elbow grease,” you can have the home that everyone on the block is talking about – in a good way!

Giving Your Home More Pizazz

One of the first things that people notice about a home is its curb appeal. The look of your home’s exterior, as well as the surrounding area, can either make it seem inviting, or can instantly turn people off.

In order to give your home that extra pizazz, there are a few simple things you can do – without having to spend lots of cash. For starters, try adding some chairs or a small bench out front. This can work especially well if you have a front porch. By doing so, you will spice up the front of your home while also making it appear aesthetically inviting.

You could also add a small garden in the yard – either front or back, depending on the size and location. This, too, gives the appeal of your house being more than just another model on the lot, but rather an inviting home.

Another way to really make your home stand out is to paint the exterior trim with a contrasting color to your primary shade. When adding a new color around doors, windows, and the roof line, you can really provide your home with a unique look. One rule here is that if you have a light primary color, go with a dark trim and vice versa.

If you want to dress up the yard a bit more, you could add some decorative accents such as a pergola either in front or to the side of your house. Also, lighting can really tend to dress a home up, so you could consider a gas lamp in the front yard or possibly a light at the end of your driveway.

It’s the Little Things

As small as it may seem, even adding a nicer house number to the front of your home can make it more appealing – as well as easier to find by your guests. Copper house numbers – or wooden numbers painted in the same color as your trim – can do wonders to brighten up your home and make it really stand out.

In any case, you don’t have to go to the expense and frustration of doing a major renovation in order to make your home unique and appealing. By simply adding a few slight accents, your house will be the hit of the neighborhood.

Kelli McDonald is a taste maker and an expert in modernhomefurnishings. She is also a passionate writer who contributes to a handful of popular home decor and interior design blogs.

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    Comment by Rob: Apr 7, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Ensuring that your home is prepared for the season and decorated appropriately can also make it stand out. A freshly mowed yard and blooming flowers in the spring. Halloween decorations in the fall. As you said, it is the little things that are important.

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