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13 Ways To Add Luxury To Your Home’s Exterior And Boost Curb Appeal

May 30th, 2023 | 9 min. read

13 Ways To Add Luxury To Your Home’s Exterior And Boost Curb Appeal

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Tired of looking at your home and just thinking “blah”? Want to make your home look more expensive? Ready to make your neighbors jealous of how fabulous your home looks from the street view? 

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’ve come to the right place. 

Elevating your home’s exterior may seem like a daunting task. You wonder how much it will cost, how long it will take, and how much effort you’ll have to put into it. 

However, not every home remodeling project has to take thousands of dollars, weeks of your time, and energy. 

As a San Antonio home remodeling contractor since 1989, Southwest Exteriors is here to help guide you through all your remodeling needs, from window replacements to exterior design inspiration. 

You want a project that doesn’t require expertise, won’t break your bank, and will make your home look ten times more luxurious. 


13 Exterior Projects To Make Your Home Look More Expensive

Landscaping, adding a new wreath, or new patio furniture are all simple ways to update your home’s exterior

But you don’t just want to upgrade your exterior. You want it to feel luxurious and rich. 

Here are 13 exterior projects, from DIY friendly to professional remodeling, to improve curb appeal and add a touch of luxury to your home. 


1. Add Cohesive Landscaping Around Your Home

Planting new flowers and greenery around your home is one of the simplest ways to upgrade your home’s exterior. How do you make it more luxurious? By creating cohesive landscaping. 

What do we mean by this? Cohesive landscaping is well-thought-out gardening that includes various plants and succulents that work together to create a cohesive look. 

One example of cohesive landscaping is succulent coral reefs, popular in western states. This type of gardening incorporates dozens of different succulent species planted together to mimic an underwater coral reef. 

For the beginner gardener, start by researching what plants are best suited for your area. Then, you can choose the flowers, shrubberies, cacti, or succulents that fit together and create a plan for your garden. 

This landscaping technique will improve the front of your home and show you take pride in your home. 


2. Install Garden Boxes Under Your Windows 

Take your cohesive landscaping to the next level by installing gardening boxes under the windows on the front of your home. 

You can purchase window boxes and all supplies you’ll need at common hardware stores, like Lowe’s, or online, and they are fairly easy to install. Once you have your window boxes installed, all you have to do is fill them with lovely flowers that complement your home. 

To add an extra touch of elegance to your window garden, you can install viney plants that grow up your walls, like clematis or star jasmine, to give your home a cottage feel.  


3. Add Exterior Window Shutters

Another window accessory that screams luxury is exterior shutters. Now, exterior shutters don’t have to be made of just wood or composite materials. Did you know that? 

If you’re interested in adding new shutters or upgrading your existing shutters, consider intricate iron-wrought shutters. These shutters can be made custom to any pattern or shape you desire, or you can purchase them from home remodeling retailers and even Amazon

Iron or faux iron shutters exude an elegant look more so than wood shutters, making them a simple and relatively inexpensive element to add to your home. 


4. Replace Front Door Hardware And Lights With Modern Fixtures

If you’ve been in your home for a while or recently purchased an older home, you want to add a modern touch to elevate your entryway and make it look more expensive. 

Updating the fixtures and hardware on your front porch is a project you can tackle with a shopping trip and an hour of your time. You can find hardware and light fixtures at big box hardware stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s, and you can easily order them online. 

Matte black entry door sets are extremely trendy, and rightfully so. They give your door an expensive look while also making your home more modern. 


5. Upgrade Or Add A New Address Marker

Upgrading your current home address or adding one to your mailbox, front door, or entryway is one of the simplest ways to elevate your exterior and make your home luxurious. 

Like other projects, you can buy new address markers at popular hardware stores, craft stores, or order a custom piece from a specialized artist. 

Choosing a finish, color, and style that matches your home’s exterior while also taking it to the next level will give your home an elegant and updated look. 


6. Install Soft Lighting Along The Entryway And Walkway With Modern Fixtures

Ever wonder why fancy restaurants never have their overhead lights on and utilize tiny lamps on the tables? It creates an intimate, romantic, and luxurious ambiance. 

Replace your current exterior lighting with modern fixtures at the base of your home to cast a soft light up your home. Installing low lighting along your walkway will also provide you with the perfect runway to catwalk your way into your home. 

The power of lighting can change how you experience certain settings. Soft white lights will give your home that elegant and expensive feel. 


7. Revive your lawn with new grass or a fresh mow

Now, mowing your lawn doesn’t exactly sound like a fun project. But you cannot deny that a freshly manicured lawn looks better than unkept grass and overgrown weeds. 

If your front yard is lacking in greenery, consider adding new grass to brighten the front of your home and make it more welcoming. 

Whether you want new grass added to your lawn or need landscaping help, this may be a project where you want to hire a professional to do the job. However, you can buy rolls of grass at many hardware and plant stores and plant them yourself if you’re up to the task. 


8. Replace Or Paint Your Garage Door 

Similar to lawn care, garages may not be the most fun part of your home that you want to update. Think about it. When was the last time you looked at your garage door and felt proud?

Painting your garage door a fresh and modern color is a simple solution to elevating your exterior. If your door is damaged or old, replacing it with a newly designed door will completely transform the way you look at your garage. 


9. Add A Pebbled Stone Walkway Through Your Landscaping 

What better way to enhance your newly renovated landscaping than by adding a pebbled border or secret walkway through the garden? 

Pebbled borders around sidewalks, porches, and gardens give your home a more finished look, which screams elegance. Adding a flagstone walkway through your landscaping or garden is perfect for those who love a cottage feel to their home. 

This project doesn’t cost much or take too long to do, and the final result will separate your home from the rest. 


10. Plant Small Trees Or Shrubberies Along Walkways 

Adding shrubbery or small trees to line your walkways is similar to adding a pebbled border. It makes your home look more finished and provides you with a fancier way to walk into your home. 

Shrubberies or fluffy trees can also add a sense of privacy to your home and overall enhance your landscaping and exterior appearance. 


11. Add A Fence And Gate Around Your Home

Who doesn’t want an elegant fence surrounding their home?

If you choose to add fencing and an entry gate around your home, you’ll most likely want to hire a professional. Working with a professional company will allow you to choose higher-quality products and work with an expert that can recommend the right fencing to match your home. 

Fencing, whether metal, iron, or wood, will improve the privacy of your home and also enhance your home’s curb appeal. 


12. Revamp Your Sidewalks And Walkways

If you’re looking for a project to completely transform the look of your home, redoing your sidewalks, walkways, and front porch may be the project for you. 

Plain concrete sidewalks are out. To make your home look more luxurious, consider replacing your walkways with a flagstone walkway or creating steps with concrete slabs separated by pebbled stones. 

Replacing your current sidewalks with a newly designed walkway will give your home an updated look and certainly make your neighbors jealous of how elegant your front entryway looks. 


13. Replace Your Mailbox

Whether you have a standalone mailbox on a post at the bottom of your driveway or a box hanging next to your front door, updating your mailbox is a great way to elevate your home’s luxury. 

Replacing a full mailbox is, again, a project to consult a professional. Update your plain black mailbox on a post with a brick mailbox with a garden box built in. Or DIY a new wooden mailbox stand to make your mailbox more built-in and give it that expensive feel. 

If you have a mailbox hanging next to your front door, this project could be as simple as ordering a new mailbox and replacing it yourself. 

With either option, you’re sure to make the mail carrier look twice when they drop off your letters and packages. 


Upgrading Your Home And Adding A Touch Of Luxury To Your Exterior 

Now you have 13 ideas on how to elevate your home’s exterior, make it look more expensive, and enhance your curb appeal. 

These projects range from ones you can do yourself with a few hundred dollars and a free afternoon to working with a professional to completely transform your exterior. 

No matter the project you are interested in, elevating your home’s exterior in any way will modernize your home and increase its value (not to mention make it look amazing). 

However, sometimes you don’t always feel like spending too much time, money, and effort on an exterior remodeling project. Sometimes you just want something quick you can complete and see the results immediately. 

Check out this article that outlines 10 ways to update your home’s exterior without breaking the bank. These projects are DIY friendly and can be completed fairly quickly. 


Want To Transform Your Home With New Siding, Windows, Or Doors? 

Southwest Exteriors offers high-quality window, siding, and door replacements, as well as professional concrete coatings and window covering solutions. 

When you work with us, you get a five-star experience, from designing your project to the installation process and beyond. Once your project is complete, we’ll be here if anything happens for as long as you own your home, and we have 35 years of experience to back that up. 

Ready to elevate your home with a contractor you can trust? Schedule your commitment-free consultation with Southwest Exteriors today, and get the look you love coming home to!