A New Pair of Shoes

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By Ed Roskowinski, CR

The way we dress, the accessories we adorn, and possibly most important, our shoes, all tell a story about who we are. It’s how we express our own personal style, a glimpse into what people might find once they get to know us better.  Our homes are no different. Their exterior, primarily the side viewed from the street, gives people a first impression of what and who resides inside.

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Many of us understand the value of “curb appeal” as it relates to resale value.  We know it’s important to create a positive first impression by having an exterior that is neat, clean and well maintained. Maybe we can even see the added resale value of a welcoming walkway and front entry that beckons you to see more. But can the exterior of your home give passers by and arriving guests a cursory glimpse of the environment and people they’ll find once inside?

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Like all of us, every home has a style or personality. We bring that personality out when we add wallpaper, furnishings, artwork and more to the interior. What about the exterior?  Do the finishes, landscaping and accessories reflect your home’s style?  These can be subtle things like potted plants or window shutters, or can be sweeping concepts such as the overall paint scheme or architectural detailing.

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Bringing your own personality to the exterior of your home tells people something about its occupants. Are they serious people or playful people? Are they simple & subtle or flashy & colorful? Consider what you want people to think about you as they walk or drive up to your home.

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Does you home reflect your personal style and personality? Take some time to think about what your personality would bring to the exterior of your home. Maybe you will find your home is in need of a new pair of shoes.

Ed Roskowinski is General Manger and VP of Vujovich Design Build, Inc., a 35-year design build firm specializing in building and remodeling unique Twin Cities homes for unique homeowners.

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