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Upscale Upgrades: Builders - Ladue News: Design

Upscale Upgrades: Builders

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Posted: Thursday, January 9, 2014 12:00 pm

You want your home’s curb appeal to make a great first impression. Here, local builders share ways to give your abode’s façade a facelift.

Patrick Devers, Gundaker Construction

Sharp shingles. Asphalt roofing mimics the high-end look of slate or cedar shake shingles.

Upscale accessories. Large-scale custom copper vents add upscale appeal to your roof while increasing ventilation.

Attractive alternatives. Composite material—Trex, Azek or Evergrain—serves as an attractive alternative to real wood by minimizing maintenance and mold issues.

Dramatic entrance. Custom stone work, stamped concrete or slate tile on a porch makes for a dramatic entrance.

Home highlights. Solar-powered lights and positioned spotlights combined with custom pillars create a warm welcome.

Dave Dunlap, Consolidated Construction

Point of interest. Dormers bring a unique emphasis to the home's second story.

Lighter and longer. Lengthening windows also enhances the home’s exterior.

Magnificent makeover. New windows, siding and roofing can complement the existing exterior, as well as increase insulation for greater comfort in the interior.

Warm welcome. The addition of a front porch gives the home a welcoming and well-lit, secure entrance, while also creating a new outdoor entertainment space.

Fantastic facelift. Grouped porch columns, rather than heavier single columns, help retain a ‘light’ feel to the front façade.

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