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It’s Not Always about Wow!

Posted on June 8th, by Michael Menn in Uncategorized. Comments Off on It’s Not Always about Wow!

People in my profession frequently think that to be inspiring, we have to create something that will make folks say “Wow!”  That often starts with an amazing and unforgettable front exterior complete with elaborate landscaping, fancy lighting, ornate doors, etc.  We think that may be the only way to enhance curb appeal.

But sometimes clients don’t want “wow.”  They want simple and elegant, because that reflects their personality.  And the fact is, you can create great curb appeal with an exterior that is attractive.  People will drive up to the front of your house, and will like it.  It is simple without being intimidating.

So if your vision is to have an inviting exterior without a lot of flash and pizzazz, you can look at the photo to get an idea of how that is accomplished.

The landscaping is clean and attractive, without being overpowering.  It provides a framework for the house.
The same holds true of the entranceway.  It is not fancy, but we did extend it out to make it a focal point.  The brick on the entranceway was stained to match the existing brick.
Notice the front porch, where the homeowners can sit outside and talk or read, or watch their children … Read More »