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7 Custom Home Curb Appeal Ideas

Luxury Custom Home in Central New Jersey by GTG Builders


First impressions matter, especially when it comes to your new custom home. The exterior of your home is the first thing people see, making it the perfect place to create strong curb appeal, boost your home’s market value, and reflect your personal style.

From the architectural details to the landscaping choices, every element contributes to your home’s curb appeal. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at some trendy curb appeal ideas that you can easily incorporate into your new custom home’s design. Watch the video below and save this list for later so that you can make your new home truly stand out in the neighborhood.


How to Create Curb Appeal for a Custom Home

Creating curb appeal for a new custom home involves thoughtful design, landscaping, exterior finishes, and attention to detail. During the planning and designing stages of the custom home building process, you’ll work with your builder to decide your new home’s floor plan and overall style. This is the perfect time to think about curb appeal and what finer details you can add or enhance in your home’s overall aesthetic.


1. Enhance Your Home’s Shape and Lot

Your new home’s overall shape and lot placement play an important role in determining which design elements would best enhance curb appeal. If your home has a tall and narrow design, you can create visual interest by adding architectural details such as decorative trim, unique windows, or a distinctive roofline. On the other hand, if your home is set far back from the road, you can make a statement by adding a grand entrance with a winding driveway, bold landscaping features, and a welcoming front porch.

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2. Quality Landscaping & Hardscaping

Landscaping and hardscaping for your new custom home can help add beauty and functionality to your home’s exterior. Carefully select and arrange a variety of plants including trees, shrubs, and flowers that complement your home's overall design. Hardscaping elements like pathways, brick patios, or stone borders can provide structure to different areas of your front yard.  Water features such as a pond or fountain can create a serene ambiance and a touch of luxury. By combining natural and designed elements, you can achieve a visually stunning and inviting exterior that will leave a lasting impression on visitors and enhance the overall curb appeal of your custom home.

3. Aesthetic Lighting

Strategically placed and positioned lighting can draw attention to the most beautiful and unique architectural features of your home. Attractive lighting also can create a welcoming ambiance and improve safety. Uplighting directs light to accentuate corners and the roofline while downlighting can complement the front walkway and main entrance. Get inspired and add a personal touch with elements like pathway lights, accent lights, and wall-mounted fixtures. To save on electricity costs and usage, opt for energy-efficient options like LED bulbs or solar-powered lights.

4. Trendy Exterior Textures and Finishes

Incorporating trendy textures and exterior finishes can make a significant impact on your new home’s curb appeal. The key is to strike the right balance—not too overwhelming, yet not too plain. Consider mixing different textures and colors to add depth and visual appeal. High-quality siding materials such as brick, stone, or fiber cement will elevate the overall appearance of your home. Additionally, incorporating focal points like a unique front porch design, decorative window trim, or an eye-catching address plaque will further enhance the visual interest of your home's exterior.


5. Elegant Main Entryway

The main entryway of your custom home serves as the focal point, setting the tone for the entire property. Choose a well-designed front door that suits the architectural style of your home. To help select the right design, show your builder examples of beautiful doors and entryways you’ve seen either in person or online. Pay attention to the materials, colors, stains, and metal hardware that are catching your eye. Add a touch of grandeur to your main entryway with architectural details like columns, decorative moldings, or sculptures.

6. Lush Front Yard

Planting and maintaining a healthy, appealing front yard is one of the easiest ways to increase your home’s curb appeal. Instantly transform the exterior of your home with a well-manicured lawn, vibrant flowers, and thoughtfully selected plants. Consider exploring options for sustainable landscaping and irrigation systems that minimize water usage and environmental impact. Incorporating eco-friendly materials and finishes, such as recycled mulch or permeable paving, can simplify yearly routine maintenance without sacrificing style.

7. Thoughtful Garage Doors

Especially for home designs with front-facing garage doors, they significantly contribute to the overall curb appeal of your home. Explore different options for garage door styles, like modern/minimalist, carriage-style, or rustic farmhouse doors. Select garage doors that complement the architectural style and character of your home, seamlessly integrating with the rest of the house and the overall neighborhood.

Make Your Central New Jersey Custom Home the Envy of the Neighborhood

With countless possibilities, trends, and styles to explore, it can be both exciting and overwhelming to choose the best curb appeal designs for your new custom home. That’s why it’s crucial to hire an experienced design-builder who can help you navigate the complex home-building process, from start to finish.

Ready to build your dream custom home in Central New Jersey? GTG Builders can help make it happen. Contact us today and we’ll get started with scheduling an initial consultation.