When you pull up to your home from the curb, do you like the way that it looks? If not, don’t fret – there are some simple solutions you can consider to move away from boring and ugly to beautiful and welcoming.

This list is meant to have something for just about everyone. That said, you might come across a few suggestions that aren’t of any interest to you. In that case, move on to check the next suggestion!

A Beautiful Lawn

Having fantastic curb appeal begins with the front lawn. If you’re serious about improving curb appeal, then we’d highly recommend starting here if you’d classify your lawn as average or even below average.

Having a lush, green lawn suggests a home that’s taken care of by the owners. It’s important to mow, yes, but there’s much more involved in having a great lawn. We’d encourage you to do some research on the subject or partner with a lawn care company in your locality to see what you might be missing in the strategy that could lead to a perfect yard.

Improved Lighting

Lighting and lighting fixtures both make big impressions.

There are no right or wrong answers as to what kind of lighting you should install on the frontside of your home, but the key is to ensure that it’s stylized to what makes sense for you. Most new homes come with builder-grade lighting fixtures that are rarely ever replaced, so changing to something that’s a little more “you” could make a big impression.

Some people like colonial-style lights, others like string lights or Edison bulbs. The choice is completely up to you – just ensure that you come up with one cohesive look that you love.

A Front Patio

If you don’t already have a front patio, adding one on could completely change the way you view your front yard. Patios offer a great place to gather and enjoy the outdoors.

There are tons of different options when it comes to front patios, but some great ones to consider are stamped or decorative concrete patios. Stamped concrete has come a long ways and can easily mimic the look of natural stone for a fraction of the price.

If you’re serious about an elegant looking front entryway or patio, this could be just the choice for you. If you think it might be, then give us a call! We’re a concrete patio installer working in the Twin Cities south metro area.

New Stain or Paint

Sometimes chipping paint or faded stain alone can make your home look run down and neglected – even if you meticulously keep up everything else! In other cases, an outdated color palette may be enough to suggest that your home hasn’t been updated in some time.

It might be your front patio or your home’s entire exterior that’s at fault. Either way, consider evaluating whether it might time for you to consider taking on the project. You might be surprised how effective a coat of paint can be.


A little extra effort can go a long way. Adding potted flowers, a garden, or even window boxes to your home could make an entirely new impression than the one that was made before.

Even if you’re not a big gardener, you could likely find some low-maintenance plants to put out front that bring the entire home’s look together. As with many other things on this list, there are no right or wrong answers here. This is all about your taste and what you’d like to see in your own yard.

A New Front Door

Most people never even consider that their front door is something that can or should be replaced. However, fun front doors can really make a great impression. They come in all kinds of styles, colors, and materials.

In most cases, you can get your front door replaced for a few hundred dollars on the more affordable side and a couple thousand or more on the spendier side.

Your door might be dinged up or faded from years of use, or you might just have a bland, every day door that you want to replace with something more interesting. Either way, this can be a great investment to make and it can be very helpful in adding a new level of perceived value to your home.

Stone Walls or Steps

A stone wall, steps, or essentially any other kind of stone fixture could make a great difference if you choose to install one.

In our years as masons, we’ve observed lots of trends come and go, but one with staying power is the look of natural stone. Stone can be applied in a number of different ways to help complete your home’s look.

Stone steps and stone walls are two popular ways to utilize the material. If you’re interested in a stone wall or another stone fixture for your home and you’re from the Twin Cities south metro, give us a call and we’d love to help you decide an option that could be right for you.

Garage Door Improvements

Upgrading a garage door is just like updating a front door – many people never even consider the possibility. However, it’s been said that a garage door makes up 20 – 30% of your home’s appearance from the curb.

You might think of replacing your entire garage door, which is a great possibility, but you could also consider painting it as a much more affordable alternative if you’re on a tighter budget.