Improving your home’s exterior is important for many reasons; it makes a great first impression, reflects your style and makes your house feel like yours. In addition, you should be proud of your home, so updating its exterior can help.
Let’s review some key areas to work on to create fantastic curb appeal.
Refresh Your Landscaping
Landscaping is a great way to add interest and beauty to the front of your home. For example, creating walkways with stones can add something extra that people see when looking at your home exterior. In addition, you want to make sure your front yard looks approachable by trimming trees, bushes and grass. Planting flowers is another great way to add pops of color, and adding mulch around them can create a clean-looking final product. Hydrangeas and lilacs are great options for Harrisburg's climate.
Enhance Architectural Interest
Your home's architecture makes it unique. Instead of focusing on a “cookie-cutter” home style, bring out what makes your home different. One way to stand out is with bay or bow windows. These windows extend from your home and can create an exciting and gorgeous view from many different angles.
Shutters can add style and interest to your window's exterior. For example, you can add black shutters on a white exterior home to make the windows pop and give more curb appeal to the home itself.
Adding a Porch
Adding a porch to the front of your Harrisburg home can increase curb appeal and functionality. Decorate your front porch with flowers, plants and furniture that reflects your style. You can also use this space for relaxing and engaging with friends and family. Double-hung windows are great for homes with porches as they have a simple design and are symmetrical and easy to use. Try accessorizing your windows for better functionality. For example, you can include our innovative window screens that are self-storing and great for letting fresh air into your home while keeping out bugs.
Don't Forget Other Exterior Parts of Your Home
Always inspect your home's siding, roof and gutters on your home and fix and replace things as necessary to add to your home’s curb appeal. Make sure your gutters are not clogged up from the Harrisburg fall and winter seasons. Make your home look newer and brighter by power washing your siding and repairing areas with any cracks.
Create a Sustainable Home With Energy-Efficient Products
Energy-efficient windows are essential for keeping your home comfortable year-round in Harrisburg. You and your guests will be able to tell the difference in temperature and comfort after installing energy-efficient windows. Having energy-efficient products, like Pella windows, in your home can also help you save money on your utility bills since it helps with temperature regulation during the hot Pennsylvania summers and frigid winters. Plus, energy-efficient features also help the environment. At Pella, we have several ENERGY STAR-certified products that provide amazing energy efficiency.
Another way to achieve energy efficiency throughout your home is by checking your heating and air conditioning units to make sure they are functioning properly. If these systems are old or overworked, they can require more energy to run, costing you more in the long run.
Another way to lower your electric bill is to switch to energy-efficient light bulbs. Many smart bulbs offer timers or dim to help you only use the electricity you need. Pairing them with smart plugs is another great way to conserve energy.
Replacement windows are an excellent opportunity to add curb appeal to your home. Replacing your old windows can improve functionality and give your home that brand-new look.
For example, this Fairfield, Pennsylvania homeowner was completing a full home remodel. They added features like a partial stone exterior and a covered porch. Our Harrisburg team came in to help them with the finishing touch: their windows and doors. The gray fiberglass double-hung and awning windows helped bring the whole remodel together and complemented the home’s new look.
Black windows are still trending side and likely won't go out of style anytime soon for Harrisburg homes. Black windows can add a bold look to your home and make a great first impression. They go with many home siding types, including brick, stone and light-colored sidings. Due to the striking contrast, black windows with white siding is a very popular design choice. We offer black finishes on various window styles and window frame materials to help you stay on trend and make a stylish statement.
Another great example of adding curb appeal with Pella is our fiberglass windows. The sleek frames offer more glass space, and when finished in black, they provide fantastic curb appeal and modern style.
Grilles are a wonderful way to boost your home’s style and curb appeal. Choose traditional grilles for a charming look. Going grille-less can create a modern look.
We offer various grille patterns to help match your home’s style and create the look and feel you want. For example, our Harrisburg team installed white wood casement windows on this home. The homeowners wanted the windows to look like double-hung windows from the outside, so we added top row grilles to the top sash to achieve this look. The white finish on these windows also beautifully complements the home's brick exterior.
Double-hung windows are a popular choice for Harrisburg homes. They are an exceptional way to add style and functionality to your home. This type of window combines ease of use with a classic style. Double-hung windows are versatile and can go with many different home styles. For example, you can add double-hung windows throughout the front of your colonial home to add curb appeal and create a symmetrical exterior.
Custom windows, like the ones above, are a great way to achieve a specific style window for your home. Many traditional homes have arch-top windows. These windows are specialty-shaped and need to be appropriately measured to fit your home. On the other hand, if you are looking for a modern or contemporary style, you may want to have a lot of glass space that enhances with your home’s architecture.
At Pella, we can help you achieve these custom pieces along with many others to match your home’s current aesthetic, and can also help you change up its look entirely. For example, we installed our wood windows with a white finish and traditional grilles between the glass on a home in Hanover, PA. The replacement windows included a custom window and several other window types like casement and double-hung windows to complete this stunning home and give it tremendous curb appeal.
Beautiful curb appeal is important to many homeowners. There are a variety of ways you can update and make its front entryway and exterior unique.
Ready to reimagine your home's exterior? Schedule a free in-home consultation with us for all your window and door needs!