Friday, March 2, 2012

Did you know the library has books about…Curb Appeal?

Spring is right around the corner and it is time to sweep off the porches, dust off the flower pots and get ready to enjoy Spring in Virginia! It is easy for the exterior of your home to get overlooked during the winter months, when we are all in a rush to get inside and get warm, but now is the time to consider freshening up!

Did you know that the library has books specifically about curb appeal? Whether you are considering adding a punch of color to your front door, enhancing your yard with a new patio or an updated walkway, creating drama with outdoor lighting or showy flowers, the library has some great idea books to help you get started!

Walks, Patios & Walls by Creative Homeowner has projects for all skill levels with step-by-step instructions. There are ideas for beautiful yet practical walkways, patios to extend your outdoor living space, and walls to add both character and privacy.

HGTV Curb Appeal is both practical and fun. There are a number of good ideas for adding interest to your home as well as solutions to some common curb appeal issues. In this book, there are some “show homes” but also some “normal” homes with very reasonable projects. This book also has a “What’s my Color Palette Quiz” (traditional, nature lover, romantic, modern or artsy). Fun stuff!

Front Yard Idea Book by Jeni Webber is loaded with ideas for creative entries, paths, steps, driveways, foundation plantings and decorative plantings. There is also an interesting portion on landscaping elements common to specific architectural styles (cottage style, colonial, Victorian, Mediterranean, rustic, farmhouse, contemporary, etc.).

Better Homes and Gardens Quick & Easy Curb Appeal has tons of fresh ideas. There is a good “Top 10 Yard Clean-Up To Do” list that addresses some of the practical elements of curb appeal as well as a step by step “entry makeover” that can add a lot of pizazz by focusing on just a few details. There is also – to my delight – an entire chapter devoted to porches!

Natalie @ Bealeton

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