We all know that curb appeal is important to the look, feel, and resale of our home, but changing our home’s exterior is easier said than done. Whether you can only afford a few cans of paint, or whether you’re ready to completely renovate, these 20 home exterior makeover before and after ideas are sure to inspire! To be taken to the original picture source, click on the blue/gray text after each number.
This home was renovated by Chip and Joanna Gaines on HGTV’s Fixer Upper. New front doors, wood shingles, wood shutters, square post columns, and a painting technique called “German Smear” completely transformed the look of this cape cod! This particular home was a hot topic of discussion on my facebook page due to the mixed opinions on painting brick. Want to weigh in your thoughts? Click here!
Source: Southern Living
Creating a beautiful exterior isn’t just about adding more; sometimes you need to scale back! Removing trees and a few windows made a huge difference to the curb appeal of this southern charmer.
Source: Country Living
This beautiful home just needed some extreme TLC. Very few structural changes were necessary to give the home new life.
Source: The Nester
Sometimes the before and the after can be equally beautiful, and yet distinctly different. In 2008, Nester painted her brick colonial, replaced the shutters, and changed the front doors and entryway to create a completely different exterior!
The addition of the portico porch dramatically changed the exterior of this ranch style home! Depending on the space, design, and contractor, a small porch addition can cost between $5000-$10,000.
On this episode of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, the homeowners longed for a french country feel to their home. They picked this home trusting Chip and Joanna to deliver a French Country look to their sprawling ranch home, and the end result was amazing. Interestingly, this project also garnered mixed reviews because of the painted brick. Click here to see what people had to say!
This is a great example of how small changes combine to make a BIG improvement! The paint is an obvious upgrade, but take a closer look and you’ll see lots of small changes everywhere. (Tell me what you think about this one here.)
Source: Country Living
Simply beautiful! What a diamond in the rough! It’s such a joy to see neglected homes come to life again.
Chip and Joanna Gaines added dormer windows to the existing structure to give the illusion of a second story. She discusses it here on Magnolia. Love it? What would you have done differently? Click here to discuss!
This exterior renovation is amazing! The addition of the gabled porch made a HUGE difference, but I also love the shutter removal, blue exterior, and yellow front door. Click here if you want to give your opinion on this one!
Source: Sun Design McLean Office
You have to look closely to even see the how the “before” fits into the “after”! This is a completely transformed split foyer renovation. Fabulous job!
Sometimes the best things are found underneath what another homeowner covered up! The original cedar shakes were found under aluminum siding. Read about it on Angie’s List.
Wow! Porches to the rescue once again! If you’re looking for a beautiful way to spruce up your ranch style home, consider investing in a front porch.
Source: This Old House
Gorgeous! If you could afford it and had the time, would you buy an old home and restore it? Click here to give your thoughts!
Source: An Urban Cottage
The homeowners wanted to restore their home to it’s original state, and the outcome is nothing short of amazing. The floor to ceiling windows and covered porch makes the space!
This colonial style home received a major renovation, and I’m torn between which version I like better! What do you think? Share your thoughts here.
Source: Magnolia Market
No before & after exterior makeover list is complete without the Magnolia House! I love the simplicity and clean look of the all white exterior and black door.
Source: Magnolia Market
This is another gorgeous renovation found on HGTV’s Fixer Upper from Chip and Joanna Gaines. The painted brick, addition of the rectangular windows, new front door & porch transformed this exterior.
The “before” of this home depicts a style of house commonly found across U.S. suburbia. If you have this basic style and are ready for an update, the “after” picture is fantastic inspiration! This is one of my favorite exterior transformations of the bunch.
Typically a porch addition makes all the difference, but in this home’s case the porch elimination helped transform the home. Centering the door, removing the heavy awnings, and adding the widow’s walk made a huge difference. Oh, and let’s not forget that fantastic blue paint job!
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