05 Aug

How to elevate your property to give it elegance and character

Sometimes, upgrading your home’s kerb appeal can be all it takes to transform your property and make it feel extra special. Here’s our guide to the best ways you can improve the look and feel of your home on the outside.

While there are plenty of changes you can make indoors, paying careful attention to your home’s external kerb appeal can go a long way when it comes to making your home appear more attractive. 

First impressions do count, and a surprisingly high number of guests and visitors will form their opinions about your home before they’ve even walked through your front door. We explore some of the best ways that could drastically enhance the look and feel of your home’s exterior, many of which are straightforward to achieve in practice.

A healthy lawn and neat planting

A wild and unruly front garden sends an instant message to anyone about to walk over your threshold. Prepare to enter an untidy and chaotic home! Alternatively, a tidy front garden sets the mood for the rest of the property and hints at a well-kept house throughout.

Getting your front garden into shape won’t require an extensive investment but tidying things up can have a considerable impact. Trim excessive shrubs, sweep and wash the paths, position some newly filled planters and sprinkle grass seeds over any lawn patches.

Pay attention to outdoor lighting

Think about the time of year you are likely to have visitors – during the winter, the nights close in early, and many of us will be entertaining guests in the evenings. A dark driveway or front path can be enormously off-putting and won’t show off your house at its best. 

Installing attractive, soft outdoor lights will make your home feel inviting while highlighting attractive features in the garden and helping people find their way as they approach your property.

Invest in a smart security system

Want a quick update to give your property that will impress visitors? The technology market is continuously developing new ideas that make our lives better, and smart security systems can promise peace of mind and a feeling of safety in a new, unfamiliar environment. Connect your doorbell to your smart security system, so your camera can automatically switch on when guests ring the bell. By choosing a state-of-the-art gadget, you can add that essential wow-factor with an upgrade that takes no time at all to set up.

Hang a bespoke timber front door

A strong and sturdy front door made from traditional timber is one of the easiest ways to add an air of exclusivity to your property. It is the most important focal point as you look towards a building. Most people don’t think about it, but a front door is one of the first features of your house that people will touch or interact with as they step inside. 

Cheaply made, poor quality uPVC doors with frosted glass won’t impress anyone. Choose a durable, premium quality door in a design that perfectly suits the style of your property. If you have a dark and gloomy entrance hall, you can consider a front door with glazed vision panels and glazed sidelights to let in more natural light.

Make an impact with new timber windows

No matter how sophisticated and elegant your house is, rotting window frames with peeling paint will make everything look tired and run down. Installing new windows could be an investment worth making, providing that you do your research and choose products which look beautiful, perform well, and are guaranteed to last. Opting for energy-efficient timber windows that are made from sustainable resources will provide your home with an outstanding aesthetic. If you have a period property, putting in traditional French or box sash windows can make a house look wonderfully characteristic. 

At the very least, make sure your doors and windows are looking clean and well maintained. Giving timber frames and other joinery elements a lick of paint is sure to make all the difference. Providing you use a paint system like Teknos, you can opt for a range of different colours to suit the current trends.

Bi-fold doors leading out to the garden

Bi-fold doors consist of various opening configurations of door leaves, supported at the head. They open outwards and help make your home feel more connected to the outdoors. They are ideal in the summer, allowing family members to come in and out from the garden with ease. Also commonly called folding sliding doors, or folding and stacking doors, these contemporary door designs bring in more natural light into your home too.

A garden room or orangery extension

One of the most effective ways of transforming your home is to extend it and add more space. Interior room is the top feature that buyers look out for, and the investment is well worth it when the time comes to sell. Open-plan living is what everyone wants now, so a glazed garden room or orangery is guaranteed to please and delight everyone who comes to visit. 

Many of our clients also opt for a bespoke timber structure from our sister company, Westbury Garden Rooms. The designers always follow classic architectural principles, utilising the concept of design unity, which means that every project integrates scale, proportion, unity, and grace. From outside, the extension appears as it has always been there, perfectly harmonising with the main property and surrounding environment.

Westbury Windows and Joinery are specialists in crafting bespoke timber doors, windows, bi-fold doors and roof lanterns. Contact us here or book an appointment to visit our joinery workshop.