Exterior Home Details to Make Your Neighbors Envious

Exterior Home Details to Make Your Neighbors Envious

In every neighborhood there lies the playful competition between neighbors.  Whether it’s over the lawn, the house, or who just bought a new riding lawnmower.  The exterior of your home is the showcase of the neighborhood. The average neighbor won’t ever come into your home, but they know what house is yours by the exterior.  Here are some ways to add exterior home details that will improve your home’s aesthetics and your ego!

LANDSCAPE & BUILDING LIGHTING: Have you ever driven through a neighborhood in the evening that has beautiful landscape and building lighting? Up and down lighting or wall washer lights give homes a dramatic effect that transforms the ambiance of your home. Carriage lights and wall sconces can also make your garage and front entry look inviting and warm. Similarly, landscape lighting can illuminate bushes, trees, ponds, and exterior amenities that normally would get lost in the dark.

MAILBOXES: Ground mounted and wall mounted mailboxes can come in a variety of architectural styles and varieties. Choose one that fits with the style of your home, as well is maintenance free.  Many mailboxes require constant painting, and upkeep.  For wall mounted mailboxes, pick a size that is adequate for mail and can easily be reached. Check with your home owner’s association to see if there is a standard in your neighborhood.

ADDRESS NUMBERS: From the illuminated, ground mounted versions to the stone carved ones, address numbers are a unique way to set your home apart from the others. Consider using custom address numbers made from local artisans in your area.  Plaques can also say the family name along with the address.  Remember to stand at the street before mounting numbers permanently. Make sure they are visible, and they are large enough to make a statement, but are not overpowering of your front entrance.

ENTRY LIGHTING:Walkway lights add ambiance and safety leading to the front of your home. Solar lights are inexpensive and quick, but tend to cast a bluish light.  Consider having exterior lighting hardwired to your home’s electrical system.  Permanent walkway lighting tends to cast a softer amber glow, and looks more natural amongst landscaping.

WALKWAY/DRIVEWAY: Change up the usual concrete with colored concrete and/or pavers.  Cobble stone and slate walkways are a decorative way to add color and texture to your front entrance.  If you have a landscaped area adjacent to the walkway, small plantings and grass can be planted amongst stepping stones to soften the hardscape.  Driveways with similar color coordinating brick as the home are a nice way of tying the home and entry together.
When decorating your home remember to start with the exterior. You may forget about it when you’re inside your home, but your neighbors do not.


  • minnie June 25, 2010 at 10:29 AMLogin to Reply →

    Few lights and a house looks like a palace. Brilliant!

  • C Gardner June 25, 2010 at 11:17 AMLogin to Reply →

    The lighting does make things nice, but it is not really a good idea in this day and age of being energy conscious. If they were perhaps solar powered, it would make it more palatable.

  • jay chua June 26, 2010 at 02:39 AMLogin to Reply →

    The lighting is good suggestion, but I would prefer to go with choosing color for decoration. Lighting could be expensive unless we choose for environmentally friendly light bulb. eg LED.

    If the house is painted in light color, it will naturally stand up more..eg, blue or white color wall. PLUS a green front yard.

    Jay Chua
    Publisher, PorchSwingSets.com

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  • CV June 28, 2010 at 15:05 PMLogin to Reply →

    Till now I thought that Freshome is promoting “green style”. Suggesting hardwiring exterior lighting is neglectful.

    Deeply disappointed.

  • RoniqueGibson July 4, 2010 at 22:07 PMLogin to Reply →

    I understand about the lighting, and sorry everyone took offense to the electrical hard wiring suggestion. Each home owner will make their own choices and decisions and I thank you and ‘CV’ for your comment.

  • RoniqueGibson July 4, 2010 at 22:07 PMLogin to Reply →

    I understand about the lighting, and sorry everyone took offense to the electrical hard wiring suggestion. Each home owner will make their own choices and decisions and I thank you and ‘Jay Chua’ for your comment.

  • RoniqueGibson July 4, 2010 at 22:09 PMLogin to Reply →

    Thanks for your comment and your suggestion about ‘green’ alternatives to outdoor lighting.

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  • Alexis Webber June 30, 2015 at 16:03 PMLogin to Reply →

    I love the concrete driveway/walkway framed by bricks. It’s so doable, but adds so much character to a home. The lighting is fantastic, too. I think this would really compliment my home, thanks for the inspiration :)