(This is the second post in a two-part series on "Ways to Improve Your Home's First Impression." If you didn't catch part 1, click here to read it.)

It seems that no matter how long you live in a home, there's always some kind of renovating to be done. Since home improvements are such an important part of life, in this post we'll continue to look at ways to increase its attractiveness.

Respect Your Home's Architectural Origin

cca-3-villagerWhen enhancing curb appeal, it's important not to fight your home's original architectural style, but rather to work within it. That would mean renovating with the same types of materials that would have been used at the time the house was built.

However, if you're trying to get away from the use of real wood, there are other material options.  Siding products are available that closely mimic the appearance of wood but stand up to our harsh Minneapolis weather a lot better.

For example, if your home was designed in the late 1800's and included cedar siding and wooden doors, we might suggest  James Hardie fiber cement siding crafted to look exactly like cedar boards, and a Therma-Tru fiberglass door that bears a striking resemblance to real wood. This would preserve your home's architectural integrity without compromising it's weather resistance.

Love Your Landscape

When it comes to curb appeal, there are two components: the house and the landscaping. Although renovations to the house itself may seem to have a bigger impact,  consider how much a lush green yard and flowering container plants near the front door could add to the value of your home.

Seek Professional Minnesota Home Remodeling Advice

Getting help from the experts can make a big difference in the way your home improvement projects turn out. Even if you'd like to DIY some of it to save money, it would still profit you to seek out the advice of a MN home improvements contractor. They will be able to point you in the right direction and help you avoid some common renovation pitfalls. If you're looking for help with your next renovation project, turn to Quarve Contractors, a licensed exterior remodeling contractor serving the greater Twin Cities Metro area. Call us today to set up a free, no-obligation estimate.