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7 Smart Exterior Upgrades

By: Jeannie Matteucci

Want to spruce things up? These simple changes make a big impact on the overall look of your home.

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Add Pizzazz With a Pediment

Exterior crown molding and a pediment used over a front door create a cohesive and attractive entry for a classic, formal-style home. Always choose trim that complements the architectural look and style of your house.

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Build Stone Columns

Columns on stone-faced pedestals are a nice option for a rustic-style home. "Proportion is very important with columns," says Jeffrey L. Davis, founder and owner of Chadsworth Incorporated. "You want to think about it ahead of time. We've all seen columns that are too skinny for a porch."

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Try Out Dentil Molding

The small rectangular blocks that look like a row of spaced teeth are called dentil molding. This Victorian-style molding in a synthetic material costs less than $5 a foot.

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Construct a Charming Walkway

Add sophistication and wow factor to your Cape Cod, cottage, Colonial or Tudor with a stone walkway. "Using real stone for a walkway gives you added detail of quality and it can be used to connect your hardscape with your architecture," says landscape architect Rosheen Styczinski, owner of New Eden Landscape Architecture.

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