Add curb appeal to your home

Get the best-looking house on the block and ratchet up its value wiith smart exterior upgrades. From This Old House Magazine.

Bold Federal rowhouse
Bold Federal rowhouse
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Project Particulars

1. Siding: The new fiber-cement clapboards are a fire-resistant version - mandated by the city - of what was there originally.

2. Paint: An autumnal shade of yellow brings the facade back to life. The green on the cornice and shutters is in keeping with a period palette, and a close match to paint remnants found on the body of the house.

3. Shutters: These cedar replacements for the long-gone originals focus attention on the once-receding windows.

4. Entry: Replacing the bracketed door entablature with one that's angular and clean-lined helps restore the rowhouse's Federal styling and complements the boxy window casings.

5. Details: Matching the shutter dogs, lantern and house numbers to the iron railings creates a cohesive look.

Value Added: 30 percent

Porch
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Porch
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Palette
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Palette
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Rowhouse
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Rowhouse
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Garage
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Garage
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Pavers
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Pavers
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Pavers
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