As you drive through your neighborhood, whether it’s Barclay Farms, Alluvium or Short Hills, you’ve probably noticed that the houses resemble each other in some way. There may be a few different model types in the neighborhood. But typically, homes built between 1955-1985, have a “cookie-cutter” look. Mass production during this time period was in high-demand and there was very little variation between the split-levels, 2 story colonials and ranch models. Lost was the custom architecture and design seen in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
There are many ways to change up the style and architecture of your home without having to completely reconstruct your home. Although the many options may seem daunting, there are online digital resources to help. With these resources, you can now visualize beyond simply replacing windows and siding. One such digital resource is The Designed Exterior Studio by Ply Gem http://www.plygem.com, allow consumers to find inspiration and experi-ment with renovation ideas, even before meeting with a contractor. Users can virtually update a home exterior with new colors and style options for siding, stone veneer, windows and more. Homeowners can save their designs, and easily share with a remodeling contractor.
Having a visual representation of what you’d like to do, is a huge benefit when meeting with a contractor. It allows the contractor to readily see your vision for your home and make material suggestions to make it happen. Also, if a contractor sees an engineering flaw in the design, they are then able to suggest how to correct it.
Before getting started on an exterior remodel, it’s also important to understand the level of changes you want to make. Read through the following tips on making the most of an exterior renovation and provides some insight on how to prepare and get started.
• If your home has great bones, but lacks curb appeal and originality, a simple refresh with new siding, windows and accents in different colors and textures can make a big difference.
• New windows are also a noticeable architectural feature with the added benefit of increased energy efficiency in the home. Some key elements to consider for beautiful window design include style, grille pattern and color.
• For an even more personalized home exterior upgrade, consider cosmetic, nonstructural architectural changes, in addition to the replacement of windows and siding.
The additions of dormers, gables, porches, color and updated windows can go a long way to changing the personality of your home. Simple, yet effective changes that give your home the unique design to set it apart from the other cookie-cutter homes in the neighborhood.