One of the most rewarding aspects of building a custom home is the sense of pride you experience every time you pull into your driveway. While every detail of your custom home is planned to meet your needs and lifestyle, that first impression that the exterior of the home radiates from the curb is particularly important.
The curb appeal of a custom home not only impacts its resale value, it gives the home personality, extends the living space outdoors, and is the cornerstone of the homeowner’s pride in ownership.
When designing a custom house, there are several important considerations that have a big impact on curb appeal:
1. The Building Blocks – Material and Textures
There are two important factors that come to play when selecting the exterior building materials of your home: quality and your own personal style. Using high quality building materials creates an elegant appearance and contributes to the value of the home. Meanwhile, selecting materials and colors that reflect your personal style give your home distinction and character.
At Costa Homebuilders, we know how important these factors are to the aesthetic value of a home. We use architectural dimensional shingles that incorporate roof overhangs and shingled returns in our roofs, to create a beautiful and distinctive appearance. To compliment the roofing material, we build our homes with high-quality brick siding on 80-90% of the exterior. This has a huge impact on the home’s curb appeal; according to the National Association of Realtors, building a home with brick siding increases the resale value by 6%.
To meet each of our client’s unique style, our Costa Series Homes offer home buyers brick options in 30 different colors, with even more choices available in Costa Signature Series Homes. Because the color and material used in the siding is so important to a home’s curb appeal, clients can choose the brick color they like best, or work with our professional designers to pick the right one.
2. Doors, Windows, and More
Windows and doors are like your home’s jewelry! They play a significant role in its curb appeal, so take careful consideration when choosing them. We always recommend our clients take a look at their future windows and doors in person before purchasing them. A lot can be decided looking through a catalog, but you get the greatest sense of what your home will look like when you choose your windows and doors in person.
3. The Devil is in the Details
It’s the little things that really seal the deal when designing a custom home. So, pay just as much attention to the little details. For example, the quality of the gutters, downspouts, freeze boards and fascia play a role in the overall appearance of the home. While some builders save a few dollars by using vinyl or plastic materials for accents like this, we think it’s important to build the entire home with quality materials that hold their beauty for years to come. This is why we use aluminum materials that stand the test of time and look great. These little things make a big difference in a home’s curb appeal.
4. Outdoor Wining and Dining
Developing great outdoor entertaining spaces in your custom home is a great way to not only improve the look of your home, but also extend your living space. Designing a nice deck or patio area is a great way to create an outdoor living area that adds to your home’s curb appeal while increasing functionality. In fact, every Costa home includes a 12X12 deck or patio in the design plans for this reason.
Plus, there is no limit to the outdoor entertainment areas that can be added to a custom home. Many of our clients create their own personal outdoor haven by incorporating swimming pools, nice landscaping, fire pits, or ponds into the plans for their home. If you can dream it, we can build it!
We love helping our clients design custom luxury homes that are beautiful on the inside AND outside. If you have any questions about any aspect of the custom home building process, please feel free to reach out to us!