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.

Stunning Ideas for a Cozy Outdoor Fireplace

In the summer, you want to spend as much time as possible relaxing in the great outdoors with friends. Whether you are hosting a summer party or enjoying a quiet evening with loved ones, an outdoor fireplace can really set the mood. Here are a few ideas for making yours unique and interesting.

Outdoor Fireplace
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  • Construct a stone fireplace for a smooth, timeless look. You can even have it finished in stucco, which adds textural interest.
  • An assortment of stones in various sizes and shapes creates an artistic look for your fireplace. If you have a laid-back back yard, this is a great choice.
  • Herringbone brick calls a lot of attention to itself, which is great if your backyard lacks a focal point. A tall fireplace paired with brick pillars can make your patio look rustically modern.
  • Consider building a fireplace that contrasts your backyard in a certain way. For example, you could rely on brick with your otherwise concrete hardscaping, or choose a color of stucco that stands out against your home.

TAB Associates, Inc. is dedicated to helping you design and plan the home of your dreams. Contact us today for more information about our architectural services.

Ways to Incorporate Your Side Yard Into Your Home Design

A side yard won’t quite support a swimming pool, but it’s large enough to fulfill a function on your property. If you are building a home, consider which elements you may be able to fulfill outside of the home, such as an entertainment or dining area. Design the side yard while simultaneously building your home to make the best use of your property.

  • Extra kitchen space. If you entertain guests often, but like do so outside, consider incorporating a cooking area into your kitchen design. When building the home, design a structure that can support a small outdoor kitchen and cooktop area.
  • Dining underneath the stars. Do you live in area with welcoming evening weather? Choose a long table and chairs to create an intimate outdoor dining setting. Opt for a more informal dining area in the home.
  • Reading Nook. Do you need a place to enjoy coffee and a good book? Create a comforting book nook with an arbor, plush seating and a crushed stone pathway over-layed with wood or stone walkway.

Are you building a home and in need of some guidance to bridge the interior and exterior design? Contact us at TAB Associates to discuss your building needs.