Exterior home renovations, big and small, can boost your home’s curb appeal. From a redesigned second story to new landscaping to a fresh coat of paint, you can make a significant impact on any budget. Draw inspiration from these 15 examples of before and after exterior home renovations.
1. A Refreshed Colonial Home
Built during the 1950s, this colonial-style home has a classic look with symmetrical windows and a portico. Although the home was well-kept, the beige vinyl siding blended into the landscape, making the house feel drab.
The homeowners upgraded the siding, added new trim, painted the brick, and gave the doors and shutters a new look with a serene blue paint job. They also added new porch lights, which help draw the eye to the center of the home.
2. A Modern Mediterranean Home
What started as a standard Mediterranean house turned luxurious and modern thanks to the Alpha Studio Design Group. The original renovation focused on expanding the foyer, which turned into a beautiful remodel of the home’s interior and exterior.
A new front door, balcony, and sleek black trim against the cream exterior transformed this home. The designers also added large glass sliding doors and a deck.
3. From Natural to Painted Brick
The before of this large brick home gives off a stately and gothic look with its dark window frames and shutters contrasting the brown brick. The house has a classic appeal, but the homeowners wanted a refresh.
They hired Color Revival to help with the paint scheme and chose Romabio Biodomus Masonry Paint in the shade Ballet White from Benjamin Moore for the brick. They used Benjamin Moore Regal Exterior in Briarwood for the trim, doors, and shutters.
4. Spanish Cottage Refresh
The mix of lap siding and stucco on this Spanish home gave it an outdated look. The landscaping also did little to highlight the home architecture.
The after photo shows how small changes like a warmer paint job and darker trim make such a difference. Thanks to the Santa Barbara Home Design team, the landscaping is now one of the best features, giving the home a luxurious yet old-world feel.
5. A Drastic Difference with Siding
Home additions can make a house look piece-y and mismatched when not done well. This Los Angeles home had lost its style before Buchmann Design renovated it.
It’s hard to tell that it is even the same house. It went from drab and run down to a modern traditional style. The designers changed the roof pitch and added new siding, windows, and doors.
6. From Overgrown to Clean and Modern
The ivy and green landscaping overtook this Mediterranean-style home. While it still has a classic look, it needed a few changes, including fresh paint and new landscaping.
Pritzkat & Johnson Architects refreshed the exterior with dark window trim, door trim, and shutters. They also updated the railing, added a garage, and new steps leading to the front walkway. They removed the overgrown ivy in favor of simple landscaping that makes the home’s exterior the star of the show.
7. A Fresh Coat of Paint Updates this Ranch Home
Ranch homes are one of the most popular styles throughout the United States, with many built in the 1950s through 1970s. Many ranch homes, like this one, have good bones and can benefit from new siding or paint and an updated color scheme.
The construction crew painted the siding a dark gray, the trim white, and the shutters black for a modern look. They left the brick for a natural element that works with the new color scheme.
8. An Updated Traditional Style Home
Older homes often come with awkward layouts that aren’t family-friendly. Adding a small addition can make more bedroom or bathroom space. In the before photo, this traditional style home has a robin’s egg blue paint scheme and a country look.
After the renovations, this home went from country to modern. The house received a small second-story addition, new siding, trim, roofing, and a new porch.
9. Traditional to Modern 1980’s Home
Built in the 1980s, this traditional style home was typical in suburban neighborhoods. The homeowners wanted something more contemporary and hired architects to update the look.
They kept the exact exterior blueprint but updated the siding, installed a metal roof, and opted for new Milgard windows. They also revamped the interior to match the minimal and sleek exterior.
10. From Red to White Painted Brick
Painting brick is a personal and controversial design decision. Some people think it makes brick homes stand out more, while others claim it ruins a home. Either way, there’s no denying that painted brick transforms a home’s appearance.
These homeowners hired 360 Painting Louisville to take their house’s exterior from red brick to bright white. They also changed the trim, opting for black so that it contrasts against the light paint job.
11. Cleaning Up a Ranch Home with Fresh Paint
Sometimes, a fresh coat of paint or a good powerwash is all you need to take your home from drabby to bright and happy. This mid-century ranch was still structurally sound but looked rundown on the outside.
DDT Renovations gave this home a new paint job, refreshed the landscaping, and added a new entryway. The simple changes made a significant impact on this home’s curb appeal.
12. A New Take on Mid-Century Modern
Mid-century modern homes feature sharp angles, a mix of natural materials, and plenty of windows for an outdoor connection. They pay homage to the 1950s, but the color scheme sometimes feels outdated, even with their cool, geometric designs.
Designer Barnett Adler brought this home to life with a fresh color scheme and wooden accents. He kept the home’s original integrity while making it more vibrant and modern.
13. From Beige and Boring to Shades of Blue
Before its exterior renovation, this house was bland with its simple, boxy structure and beige siding. It didn’t have a defined style and blended in with its landscape.
The designer brightens the home with a blue color scheme, Hardie board plank siding on the second story, and board and batten on the first. The renovation leaves the house looking fresh and bordering between modern and traditional.
14. The Restoration of a Craftsman Bungalow
Craftsman Bungalows are a classic style home with natural details. Older ones, like this home in the DC area, sometimes get neglected, leading to the need for restoration.
Moore Architects, PC restored the shingled-over bungalow to its original stucco siding. They also expanded the front porch, added a wood door and windows, and used a soft color palette.
15. Adding Detail to an Arts and Crafts Stone Home
The homeowners of this stone Arts and Crafts home felt it lacked architectural interest. They wanted more natural light and a better connection to the outdoors.
Peter Zimmerman Architects made many changes to the exterior, including modifications to the entrances, adding or updating windows, and keeping appropriate scale through additions. The homeowners also updated much of the interior throughout the process.