If you’re a fan of modern design or architecture and have never been on a modern home tour, you don’t know what your missing.
What is a Modern Home Tour?
Modern Home Tours are a fun and innovative way to highlight beautiful modern home designs. Visitors can tour a selection of homes, usually over a weekend. It’s a self-guided tour in that you’re on your own to get from place to place and while the architects are in attendance, there are no guides in the houses. People meander through the homes (wearing paper booties to protect the floors) and ask the architects questions if they have them.
Austin and San Antonio put on wonderful tours every year showcasing over a dozen magnificent abodes. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be featured, there’s some prep work that you’ll need to do in order to bring out the best in your home.
We’ve put together some tips focusing on the exterior of your home to help you get the most out of your tour.
Fix Minor Repairs.
If you don’t have the budget to make structural upgrades, then consider what minor repairs can improve the exterior. Small fixes can include cleaning or replacing gutters. Patch up the driveway or concrete walkways. Repaint the front door, fence or any other wood exterior to give it a fresh surface.
Pressure Wash All Surfaces.
Your home’s exterior can accumulate a lot of dust, grime, even mildew over the years. In order to make the exterior look like new, pressure wash the siding, concrete, vinyl fences, decking and any other surfaces that have lost their luster over time. Beware, though, that a pressure washer can be powerful enough to remove paint, so be careful.
Clean Up Landscaping.
Remove dead debris and cut back overgrown shrubs. Add colorful flowers, plants with varying heights and mulch into the flowerbeds. Make sure the flowerbeds frame out the exterior of your home, so they become an extension of the structure.
Add Potted Plants.
Welcome buyers with colorful flowers or topiaries near the front door to add some life to this hardscape. Try to have at least two matching planters on either side of the door or if you don’t have enough space on your porch, use one larger planter in a corner and consider adding two other planters at varying heights in the same corner to create a statement.
Accessorize Your Porch.
This is the final step when dressing up your home’s exterior. Add accessories like a seasonal wreath, a new doormat and a seating area around your front door to invite guests into your home.
Don’t forget to accessorize other areas in your yard that could impress viewers. Consider updating an outdoor living or dining area with new throw pillows, cushions or a rug. Think about adding more lighting to define and enhance the space or even add a fire pit that can be enjoyed under the stars even on cool nights. If you have outdated or damaged outdoor furniture, this is a great time to update it! With so many styles and materials to choose from you can create an outdoor living room that flows as an extension of your home. The design experts at Outside in Style can help you find the perfect lounge group or dining set to compliment your particular style.