While searching for your perfect home, you’ve remembered the number one rule with real estate: location, location, location. So, say you’ve found a good area with good schools and great amenities, but what do you do if she’s not the prettiest house on the block? Don’t walk away from that home before you consider what she’d look like after a home facelift. Maybe the bones of that project can still render the home of your dreams. At Gateway Realty Wiggins, we love making dreams come true. So, keep an open mind when home hunting. Here is a list of some of our favorite transformations, showing the best home facelifts can change the way you feel about a fixer upper.
There are some homes that you stare at for a good reason and some for a bad reason. The “before” look of this home left much to be desired. It had okay curb appeal with a nice yard, but the neglect of the leaves in the gutters could leave a buyer thinking about soggy roofs and roof leaks. The upstairs windows look too small compared to the expanse of the roof line. In the “after” look, the roof line has given this home a drastic new look. The upstairs rooms are probably enjoying a nice new expansion, and the cedar shingles give the home a warmer look. The contrast in the light trim is echoed in the newly updated windows. A beautiful walkway invites everyone into this stylish home.
The standard lines and finishes of this house leave it feeling pretty standard. There’s nothing wring with this house, besides it lacking a wow factor. Pre-facelift, this house has warped-looking siding and out-of-date windows and door. Post facelift, this home doesn’t even look the same. The old siding has been removed and changed to a smooth stucco finish. The brick has given way to more colorful ceramic tiles. Bump-outs have been added to all the windows to give them more depth and focus, including the new windows above the door. The boring, flat roof line has been give a focal point with it’s new peak and cedar beams. The warm coloring of this home is also reflected in the new front door and windows and the terracotta-colored steps, walk, and driveway. The matching planter posts make this home look anything but standard.
The ranch-style house is know for its accessibility and open spaces, but not necessarily for its focal points. This doesn’t have to be true. This house’s “before” look sports contrasting paint colors and brick but still looks rather plain. The brighter color attempts to draw attention to the front door and make it appear popped out. So, why not actually pop it out? The “after” look of this home definitely adds attention right to the entrance to the home and its brand new porch. Stone and wooden pillars give this ranch a craftsman-style look while still sporting a contrasting paint scheme. A new roof line adds drama and class to this cozy home.
Again, these two homes don’t even look like the same house, but it’s one of the best home facelifts we’ve seen. Starting off, this house is quaint and seems to have some good light coming in from all its windows. But, it doesn’t have much else going for it. It looks small and will draw small attention. The most drastic change in this home is the second story that’s been added. Increasing square footage in this way always helps make a home more desirable. Instead of having the windows on only one side bumped out, they’ve added a beautiful bay window to the otherwise flat window. A door bump-out above the front door also helps to balance the home’s depths. By continuing the beautiful steps and adding planters, this home now draws loads of compliments.
The sweet and simple bungalow looks very simple in its “before” state. It’s dark paint, dark roof, and unruly shrubbery make it look like this house is trying to hide. It’s not a bad little house, but it needs something to up it’s marketability. Adding an upstairs space helps give much-needed square footage. Rather than leaving the crawlspace to be just another blacked-out area, the “after” look trims the crawlspace making the home look even taller. Instead of dark steps, white rises are added to the new steps going up to the beautiful new porch. This home looks so much larger and definitely much cozier.
The sold sign on this house definitely sets the tone “you’re a sucker.” The new owners must have surely felt that way looking at this fixer upper. It’s a plain, small house with an overgrown yard. The best thing going for it is the siding looks okay. Rather than keeping a boring white-on-beige paint scheme, they chose a darker, more contrasting paint color. Adding a beautiful white pergola to the newly built porch gives an excellent place to lounge. And what good is a porch without an entrance to the home? A beautiful red door has been added to the front of the home instead of off side steps. A stone walkway in a well-manicured yard add perfect finishing touches.
Average two-story houses look kind of average. It’s got a flat roof, flat windows, flat front door, and a flat beige and tan paint scheme. The red brick just makes the house look heavy but not impressive. In the facelift, the paint scheme is still neutral but done in a much more eye-catching way. A larger contrast in colors compliments the new stone front. Red accents draw attention upward to the home’s new heights. A new peak in the roof line gives a little more headroom in the attic. This home isn’t boring any longer.
Craftsman-style renovations give this home facelift much more character. The “before” look of this house seems to betray a possible problem with an uneven roof, plain white pillars, an abandoned porch and steps, and a front door that’s hard to find. A makeover to these pillars in two-tone paint keep with the craftsman-styling. The two-tone trim of the upper window is more pronounced in the sharp white on gray paint scheme. White railings help to define this large porch. A glass-paneled front door makes sure to grab attention. New landscaping keep this home stylish and clean.
Another boring ranch house has received quite a facelift here. Plain windows, a plain roof, and an abandoned yard aren’t very impressive. Refreshing the paint and adding dark shutters make this home look better than new. A bump-out above the front door gives a really nice focal point to an otherwise bland expanse of the plain ranch-style. Breaking up the color scheme with the white front door area adds more size to this large home. A warm walkway give the steps someplace to go as it frames new landscaping. This home looks bigger, brighter, classier, and definitely not plain.
One of the most shocking transformations belongs to this tiny white house. Its roof looks like it is carrying damage and the greenery is about as tall as the house. It looks like something straight out of the 50’s or 60’s and probably hasn’t been updated since then. Adding the upper windows and their roof peaks give this home much-needed dimensions. Repainting the home gives it an updated look, and now the landscaping doesn’t look like it’s part of an abandoned house. The “before” could easily be the picture of a bank foreclosure while the “after” looks like a home anyone would be proud of.
Sometimes we find the home of our dreams, and sometimes we build the home of our dreams. Whenever you are ready to find your dream home, know that you can trust in Gateway Realty Wiggins.
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