Our Reader’s Best Curb Appeal Before and Afters

Painting, pruning, mowing, manicuring: A lot goes into upgrading the exterior of your house, and you seem to have done it all. We asked our readers to submit remodel projects for our fourth annual Reader Remodel Contest, they responded with renovations that showed just how talented and hardworking they all are. Here's a look at your top picks for curb appeal revamps chosen by TOH editors and your fellow readers.

See all of our top reader curb appeal transformations at THISOLDHOUSE.com!

After you've browsed these amazing examples of curb appeal, you can see all the entries to our annual Reader Remodel Contest at Your Old House.

1. BEFORE: Fixing Up a Fire-Damaged Cottage

Who: Brian and Julie W.
Where: Oxford, MD.

The owners of this cottage always dreamed of fixing up an old house, but waited until our three sons were old enough to help out. When they bought this house, many of the clapboards were rotted or ruined as a result of a fire, and overgrown holly trees obscured the facade.

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AFTER: Fixing Up a Fire-Damaged Cottage

The owners worked for two years on this exterior. They're goal was to make it appear historically accurate and to reuse original materials whenever possible. They used their DIY skills and did all the work themselves.

Cost: over $100,000

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2. BEFORE: Walkways That Wow

Who: Larry P.
Where: Sterling, Mass.

The old slate walkway from the driveway was boring.

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AFTER: Walkways That Wow

The owner installed new walkways (and used the old slate as bar counters in the backyard), installed new granite steps for the front and side doors (the old cast-concrete steps were reused as a bocce-ball court), and landscaped to bring more color to the front yard.

Cost: $5,000 to $10,000

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3. BEFORE: Country Cottage

Sandy B.
Where: Keego Harbor, Mich.

These owners bought this little "cottage" about 4 years ago. Surrounded by lakes, the area of Keego Harbor was once a place the Detroit population had their summer cottages, in the 1930s and '40s. This home was built as a cottage originally, in the 1920s, but it had many little add-ons as the years went by.

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AFTER: Country Cottage

They totally enhanced the curb appeal by adding on a very cute porch, changing the roofline, and moving the front door and the windows.

Cost: $10,000 to $25,000

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