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.

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Because it's often the first thing you see from the street, an attractive driveway goes a long way toward enhancing a home's curb appeal.

The crumbling asphalt leading up to this mid-century ranch in suburban Chicago was not only an eyesore, it was confusing - you couldn't tell where the street ended and the driveway started.

"It felt like you were parking on the front stoop," says Peter Stinchcomb, who redesigned the entry as a courtyard with an integral parking pad and walkway and a lush front garden.

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