Creating an Exterior Focal Point for Your Home

Your home’s exterior focal point is the first place your guests’ eyes will land when they approach your home. It is a fundamental design principle that the right focal point can create a positive first impression and even change a person’s mood. Many contemporary homes lack the impressive architectural features that are common with Victorian, Tudor, or Colonial styles. But, there are ways to add architectural balance and a dramatic focal point to ranch, split-level, or cottage-style homes.

Deciding on a Focal Point for Curb Appeal

To choose the best focal point that will tie together your home’s landscape, your home’s architectural style, and your family’s personality, start by noting your home’s best features or what you like best about the exterior of your home. It could be a large bay window, porch columns, a blooming tree, or your lovely wooden double-entry doors.

Work with what you have! There are many ways to increase the drama and beauty of any part of your home’s exterior.

10 Ideas for an Exterior Focal Point

  1. Add a landscape feature like ornamental grass or decorative tree.
  2. Replace exterior door with double-entry doors or add a decorative element to the door.
  3. Install an architectural window – bay, bow, or arched
  4. Paint exterior trim or structural elements with a contrasting color.
  5. Add up-lighting at a tree or bushes.
  6. Create architectural balance with matching wall lanterns or potted plants.
  7. Change door numbers to a decorative font.
  8. Plant a flower bed that blooms three seasons.
  9. Replace walkway with paver stones or bring the Interior flooring out.
  10. Consider an ornamental fence or railing.

Creating a focal point at your home’s entry can be a budget-friendly project. Painting your front door, adding two large potted plants on each side, and attaching wall sconces or installing a post lantern at the stairs can add pizzazz and charm to a lackluster front entry.

For a more striking makeover, partner with TAB Associates, a Vail Valley architectural firm that specializes in “architectural balance.” TAB Associates can help you create an exterior symmetry with permanent architectural features that fit both classic and modern home styles.

How to Add Character to the Exterior of Your Home

How to Add Character to the Exterior of Your Home

Many people tend to focus on interior features when thinking about their Vail Valley, Colorado renovation project, but the exterior of your home shouldn’t be neglected! If you want a home that stands out, personalizing the exterior can be a great way to differentiate it from other homes in the area. Here are a few of the ways you can add style and your own unique touch to the outside of your home.

Create a Patio or Courtyard

One of the ways that you can add character to the exterior of your home is by creating a patio or courtyard in front of your home. Not only will this give your home a unique look, but it will provide you with an area to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

Dress Up or Change Out Your Garage Door

If your garage sits in front of your home, your garage door is something that you and those passing by will notice. While many people have plain white garage doors, there is no reason you cannot make changes to your garage door or replace it to make it more appealing and eye-catching. Consider using a faux wood door, painting your door, or adding carriage garage door hardware to really make your door stand out and positively accent the rest of your home.

Add Dormer Windows

Adding dormer windows can alter the exterior appearance of your home. Dormer windows can be added to help break up the appearance of a large and plain roof, as part of a build-out addition on your home or to help add more natural light to your home.

Are you looking for a Vail Valley, Colorado, architectural firm to help add character and style to the exterior of your home? Then turn to us here at Tab and Associates. We provide planning services, architecture services, and interior design services. Call us now to get started.