Beautiful Curbside Transformations on a Budget

Welcome to the 166th Metamorphosis Monday!

Greetings!  Hope you had a fabulous weekend!  I spent most of mine indoors with brief forays onto the porch.  The pollen has been crazy here but we got a little rain two days in a row which seems to have helped calm down the attack of the yellow stuff.

This week, for Metamorphosis Monday, I’m sharing three amazing exterior transformations.  If you are living in a home that’s great on the inside but a bit ho-hum on the outside, take heart!  Your run-of-the-mill exterior can achieve car-stopping curb appeal with a few basic changes and a little landscaping.  All it takes is a little vision and a modest budget to get these awesome looks.  Check out these stunning transformations.

Imagine driving by this home…you probably wouldn’t give it a second glance, right?
Before:

Ranch Home Updated for Great Curb Appeal

 

After:  Take a look at her now!  Wow!  The new additions having the biggest impact are the porch and landscaping.  On closer inspections you’ll also notice new shutters, window boxes, an added door from the attic area with a small balcony and deeper eaves with corbels.  I love the new curved stone pathway and white picket fence.  I’d love a look inside to see what they did with the attic space?  I’m guessing it was transformed into either a guest room, a new master suite or perhaps a home office.

Home Renovation for Great Curb Appeal

 

Brick ranch homes have so much potential.  This one didn’t look bad before but it was pretty nondescript.
Before:

 

After: Check her out now!  The biggest change, other than the painted brick, is the addition of a beautiful deck, complete with pergola.  It really transformed the entrance to this home, didn’t it?  What an inviting area to welcome friends and family.  The landscaping is pretty awesome, too.

Home Renovation for Great Curb Appeal

 

I saved my favorite for last.  This house had some of that cute, cottage feel going on with its shed roof porch.   But it just feels like something is missing.  The little window is completely lost in the large gable.
Before:

Before Picture of a Home Renovation for Great Curb Appeal

 

After:  This home was transformed with the addition of folk-Victorian architectural elements.  The add little roof, detailed molding above the top window and window box dramatically changed the look of the home.  The multiple window boxes add tremendously to the curb appeal of this home.  The new Victorian spandrels and filigree detail give the home depth and substance.  It’s almost like it went from being one dimensional to three dimensional.  Love the new landscaping and of course, that white picket fence.

Home Renovation for Great Curb Appeal

 

Notice how even the window boxes were designed with a curved bottom to fit in perfectly with the opening in the porch trim/detail.  The circular trim is actually PVC which means it should hold up well for many years.

Beautiful Porch Renovation

 

Check out the transformation I made to the front of my home when I tore off the old stoop and added a front porch: Front Porch Renovation.

Looking forward to your Before and Afters for this Metamorphosis Monday!

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Comments

  1. Mary Ellen says:

    Thank you Susan for letting me link up another project I did for my creative space! Always enjoy your party! bee blessed mary

  2. Pam - diy Design Fanatic says:

    What great house makeovers! Those homeowners really did a great job! Thanks for hosting Susan!

  3. Nartuba @ Northern Nesting says:

    Beautiful transformations Susan! Thanks so much for hosting!!

  4. black eyed susans kitchen says:

    Wow, Susan, The last house changed dramatically into a Victorian style home. In a million years I would not see the before turn into the after…that is why I love blogs. Yours always has so many good ideas.

  5. Shari @ turnstylevogue.com says:

    Oooohh…the first one is my favorite! on Beautiful Curbside Transformations

  6. laxsupermom says:

    Transformations like these give me hope for my semi-tragic house facade. Thanks for sharing and for hosting this party each week.

  7. Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas says:

    Hello! I adore the third house with it’s Victorian details!!So pretty!! Thanks so much for hosting!!It is greatly appreciated!! Hugs, Debbie

  8. Shirley@Housepitality Designs says:

    Wow..those transformations are fantastic..I agree with you..My favorite is the last one…just love how they incorporated the “circles” on the front porch…I just love seeing great transformations.. Thank you for hosting! Have a great day!

  9. Kathy A Delightsome Life says:

    Hello Susan! These are gorgeous – we’re finishing painting the exterior to our house – Love the transformations! The pollen has been greatly affecting my husband and children – I am blessed in that it doesn’t get to me! I do spend hours in the garden – I can completely understand – my dear ones are having to take several meds at a time just to feel good! I hope it gets better for you and I wish we had some of your rain! Thanks for being a gracious hostess! Kathy

  10. Debbie Booth says:

    Good morning Susan, this metam. is amazing. Love the beautiful change and the fresh look. Love that flower box. Flowers always draw your eyes to them. Makes every home prettier I think. Hey I also appreciate all the wedding stuff you have posted too. We are knee deep in preparations and I noticed what you had posted. Always helpful to get beautiful perspective when you are overwhelmed by so many details. Thank you for that. Have a blessed week. Debbie

  11. Morning, Susan! Oh, what wonderful transformations. I love the last little house and how precious the porch is. I know what you mean about the pollen. I have horrible sinusitis and my head just pounds! Thanks for always hosting your fun party. Be a sweetie, Shelia 😉

  12. AshTreeCottage says:

    Love these transformations Susan! Porches always add so much charm and welcoming atmosphere to a home. Thanks for the party and see you Thursday. Hugs, Susan and Bentley

  13. Betsy@coastal-colors says:

    Holy cow! These are amazing makeovers! I know what you mean about pollen! The rain passed us by on the southside of Atlanta; the pollen is horrible! Thanks for hosting! It’s always fun to participate and see the other’s amazing ideas!

  14. Love all the curb appeal of all three house, etle balconspecailly the 3rd one. I also like the lity added to the attic of the other one.

  15. Donna@Conghaile Cottage says:

    Hi Susan, That was fun! I really liked the first one best. I’m very drawn to curvy walkways! It really gives more dept to your property too… Have a wonderful week, Hugs, Donna

  16. Love the exterior transformations, especially the last one. Thanks for hosting.

  17. Thanks for the party! Love that second house!! Happy Monday! xox

  18. These shy little homes have been transformed into real beauties. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for hosting every week Susan.

  19. Susan, LOVE the before and after photos.Curb appeal is important.Thank you for hosting. Anne

  20. the cape on the corner says:

    holy smokes, those are amazing transformations! they’re all great, but that first one and the last one with the circles really stood out to me. amazing!

  21. the cape on the corner says:

    Susan, Thank you for hosting another wonderful week of talent. I too favor the last transformation. What a difference adding some ‘jewelry’ makes! 🙂 Deborah on Beautiful Curbside Transformations

  22. Alderberry Hill says:

    Awesome transformations…make me want to get outside and spruce up! Thanks for hosting! on Beautiful Curbside Transformations

  23. Mary Ellen says:

    I forgot to mention how much I enjoyed the before and after curbside transformations! They truly are amazing! We are giving our home a curb facelift and I hope it will be just as transforming!

  24. Rattlebridge Farm says:

    I enjoyed these makeovers! I hope our porch re-do works out this well. Fingers crossed that the pollen goes away soon!xxoo

  25. The Cottage Market {Andrea} says:

    thank you so much my friend! your party is always amazing!!!! sending hugs…

  26. I was looking at these and thinking, I’ve seen that house before….and then the next and next. All on one of my favorite TV shows. Really inspirational!!!

  27. Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers says:

    Amazing before and afters!!!

  28. Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers says:

    Oops…I also wanted to thank you for hosting!

  29. karen@somewhatquirky says:

    Morning Susan, I thought I recognized those from Curb Appeal. Really fabulous transformations. Thanks for hosting my favorite party of the week!

  30. Blue Creek Home says:

    Thanks, Susan. I enjoyed the makeovers. Rhonda

  31. Beatiful exterior transformations! Thanks for sharing + hosting Susan! Love seeing all the wonderful Spring decor – very inspirational! xo Lynda

  32. Farmer's Wyfe says:

    What FUN makeovers!!! Thanks so much for sharing!! I hope to use some of the great landscaping ideas for my home.

  33. FABBY'S LIVING says:

    Oh, I loved the last home too! It is gorgeous, wow, and maybe with not so much pocket effort. Thank you for sharing. Have a great week. FABBY

  34. mONICa and eLAINe @ Decorating Insanity says:

    I love this post!! I’m a big fan of ranch style homes. We don’t have a whole lot of brick ranches in California, but living in Cincinnati for a couple of years I learned to really appreciate them and saw a huge amount of potential. Thanks for these great makeovers. xo…mONICa

  35. Love the exterior transformations..makes them look like completely different homes! Thank you for hosting, and letting me link up. Have a great week! 🙂

  36. Alicia @ Sweet Alva Kate says:

    Thanks for hosting! I love the curb appeal before and afters… all of the are beautiful! I just linked up! Have a great week!

  37. Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    Thanks so much for hosting, Susan. I linked up a post about how we took a free, damaged arbor and put it in our vegetable garden. Those home transformations were amazing!

  38. Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest says:

    Susan, now THAT is what I call serious metamorphasis! Those homes are absolutely stunning now – I loved this post – I love outdoor before and afters, makes my heart sing! Wow, I loved them! SO CUTE NOW!

  39. Thanks for sharing the beautiful house transformation and for hosting the party.

  40. Chari at Happy To Design says:

    Hi Susan… Ohhh my goodness…what fabulous transformations! I love all three but my favorite is the Victorian home! Love how they framed out the porch openings in the circular shape…and the flower boxes…AWESOME! There are sooo many things that I would love to do to change up the exterior of our home…maybe some day! This was such an inspirational post! Can’t wait to show my honey!!! Thank you for hosting another fabulous Met Monday party for us! So happy that I could join in with the fun today! Warmest spring wishes! Love ya, Chari

  41. Erin @ How to Nest for Less says:

    Wow, it’s amazing what you can do to an exterior of a home to completely change your first opinion!! Thanks for sharing.

  42. Fox Hollow Cottage says:

    I love the first one. I think it’s my favorite. I do love how they made house two come down to the landscape level though, it’s so much more welcoming =) So fun looking at before and afters. Thanks for sharing, and for hosting =)

  43. SheilaG @ Plum Doodles says:

    Wow, those are amazing transformations. The Victorian is my fave. I apparently have no imagination, because I could have never figured out how to make any of them look so good. Thanks for hosting another great party!

  44. Hi Susan! My gosh the last one was my fave too. I adore homes..all homes..tiny, grand, old, new. Thanks for sharing this and hosting todays party! Have a great week! Dianna

  45. Hi——I liked #1 the best. I might have picked #3, but can’t get passed the circular motion. Just not my cuppa. I have never cared for a pergola in the front of a home, so #2 is last on my list. Thanks for posting these. Beautiful day is an understatement here in HOT-lanta today, isn’t it?

  46. Heaven's Walk says:

    Wow! I could look at befores and afters all day long, Susan! What fabulous ideas! Love the creativity and ingenius way they made the homes look so welcoming! 🙂 xoxo laurie

  47. Kerry Rossow says:

    WOWZADOODLE! These are amazing transformations! Thank you for hosting! Kerry at HouseTalkN

  48. Lovely transformations Susan, especially the adorable Victorian one. Thank you for indulging me in my favourite hobby….looking at people’s houses!! 🙂

  49. Thanks Susan for hosting again this week! Beautiful before and afters, such great inspiration! Heather

  50. These home are all done very well, but I think their modest budget is different from my modest budget! LOL

  51. Thanks for hosting. Hope you have a fabulous week!

  52. Hi Susan! I ust realized I posted something already…so sorry!!I’m embarrassed. Your before and after post of houses 2.0 is amazing.

  53. Katie Sue says:

    Those houses are amazing! Thank you for hosting. Katie

  54. Morgan_R18 says:

    What a wonderful blog you have, I enjoy reading it very much.I was wondering if I could ask you a question. My son is going to be married in Aug and they chosen to have silver frame with a poem inserted in the fame as favors..the colors of thier wedding is black and white ..I have looked everywhere for ideas to put something on the frame to dress it without making it look to busy.We got the idea from a friends wedding they had ribbon around so we didn’t want to copy everything.I was hoping that you could give me an idea as what to do.Thank You Morgan

  55. martinealison says:

    De véritables métamorphoses… extraordinaire ! je vous souhaite une excellente semaine. gros bisous

  56. Donata @ DK's Craft Cafe says:

    Thank you so much for hosting, Susan! Those homes are so inspiring 🙂

  57. What great home transformations. Thank you for hosting. Have a great week.

  58. I actually watched the transformation of the third house on television last week and was so impressed by their vision. The rounded PVC pieces on the porch were an amazing improvement. I think it’s wonderful when someone can look at a house like any of those three and see the potential for something much nicer. Thanks so much for posting all these photos, Susan! They truly are inspiring.

  59. Stephanie says:

    Love these transformations! These were all from the show Curb Appeal that aired on HGTV. You can probably go th HGTV and see the recaps.

  60. Dear Susan, I followed the link to your transformation. With all due respect to your inspiration picture, yours is better. Your contractor captured the right scale and you added your own special touch with planters and lighting making a unique welcome year round. You both did a great job.

  61. These houses (I know #1 and #3 for sure and I think #2) were houses made over for the show Curb Appeal. I think it was actually the Curb Appeal: The Block version. They spent a lot of time in the Atlanta suburbs. At the time, the homeowner of the first home was not doing anything to her upstairs but they went ahead and put the door in so it would be there when she was ready.

  62. As others have noted, these were all on Curb Appeal. I think they were actually part of the “The Block” version. I remember the homeowner of house #1 saying that she wasn’t doing anything to the upstairs for awhile. But, they went ahead and put in the door so it would be there when she is ready to finish renovations.

  63. Katalina Jewelry says:

    Hi! I just found your blog and am a new follower. I linked up a resin project video tutorial, #301 – thanks for hosting the party!

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