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Exterior Remodeling Tips to Make Your Home Stand Out – and How James Hardie Siding Can Help

When you meet someone, chances are the first thing you look at are their eyes, and you probably form an immediate opinion about them and how they are doing. It’s much the same with a home and the front entry area. We’ve got some inspiration from our friends at The James Hardie Company to transform the front of your home from blah to WOW!  James Hardie siding is one of our top recommendations, and when you look at these beautiful homes, you’ll know why.

Tips to Help Your Home Make a Grand Entrance

The Right Touches Create an Inviting Appeal

A woman might add jewelry to accent her appearance; with your entry area you can do the same.  Just look at this home – it is certainly a grand entrance.

Here lighting sets the mood. The soft glow from the sconces flanking the front door reflect the warmth of the indoor lighting. Everything about this home – from the neutral tones of the siding and trim to the charming grids in the doors and windows – is inviting. Your family and your guests will want to come inside, because the vibe is cozy and welcoming.

How About a Bold and Modern Entry?

Perhaps the look you’d like is modern, bold and vibrant.  The home below has a number of elements to create that feel.  The landscape design and smooth stone walkway lead your focus to the front door.

The contrast of the bright front door against the cool blue siding creates a visual pop and draws you right to the door.  The feeling is that something exciting is inside. Don’t you just want to reach for the door handle?

By adding a uniquely styled or colorful front door, your entry area can be the envy of the neighborhood, and your home will certainly stand out.

Natural Touches Create a Homey, Welcoming Feel

Everything about this home’s front entrance says natural, casual, and comfortable.  More and more, Minnesota homeowners are opting for sustainable living and natural materials.  The wild native grasses that flank the stone sideway lead you right to a real wood front door. The soft green siding, stone accents, and soft glowing pendant lights all work together to create a natural, comforting ambiance. Here’s a home that says, “Come inside and relax!”


Your Landscaping Can Make Neighbors Green with Envy

Another terrific way to make your home’s entry area stand out is through the use of natural landscaping – trees, plants, and shrubs in varying heights.  The use of greenery works well when a home has a neutral siding color, like the soft gray-blue lap James Hardie siding on this smaller home.  And with the right accents – like the bold red Hardie trim on the gables that complements the brick steps – you can draw even more attention to your home.

Choosing to use different heights of shrubbery instead of a flat expanse of front lawn can also create the impression of a larger yard, which may be important if your home and its lot are smaller.  These touches make a big impact!

A Traditional Look Creates a Regal Appeal

Classic design never goes out of style, and the contrast of black and white exudes a crisp, clean look.  ColorPlus® HardieShingle® siding in Cobble Stone with HardieTrim® boards in Arctic White combine for a traditional look that is fresh and inviting at the same time.  Shutters and columns make a grand statement, but the potted plant and seat beside the front door say, “Welcome to our home.”

If your home is crying out for attention, why not contact us today to talk about having James Hardie fiber cement siding with ColorPlus finish installed?  Think of siding as the base of your canvas – it’s the best place to start when you’re designing the right look for your home.  We can help you choose siding styles and colors to reflect your own personal preferences.

We can also recommend front doors, windows, and other exterior remodeling that will help make your home a standout in your neighborhood as well as a welcoming place for friends and family.  Give us a call today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Window Outfitters, Inc. is a licensed Minnesota home remodeling contractor, and we are also proud to partner with The James Hardie Company as one of their Preferred Siding Installation Contractors here in the Twin Cities area. 


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