Real Life Rooms: Two Story Curb Appeal

Hey there Remodelaholic readers! Dawn here, from AD Aesthetic, and I’m back this month with another reader question mockup to hopefully inspire some creative ideas for your outdoor space. If you’ve missed any of my past mockup posts, you can always see all my posts here.

If you follow Remodelaholic on Facebook, you’ve probably seen several of the reader questions that are submitted every month. Each month, I choose one reader submitted photo to offer my suggestions on, and I create a Photoshop mock up of what I would do if I were in your shoes! (Pssssst— you can submit your reader questions by messaging Remodelaholic on Facebook!)Adding curb appeal to a two story home | Virtual home makeover by AD Aesthetic on

First though, my disclaimer: While I can recommend ideas that I think look nice, I have never seen this house in real life and don’t have accurate measurements. I am also not an architect or landscaper and do not know the planting recommendations for your area- I just like to make things look nice. I can’t guarantee that any of the items I put in my ‘virtual’ design will actually work in real life (or that they’ll fit your design style for that matter), and this is not intended to be a professional design consultation. So think of this as a just-for-fun rendering that hopefully gets your wheels turning and provides some inspiration!

On to the fun!

Before | Adding curb appeal to a two story home

READER QUESTION from Rachel — I would love some suggestions for curb appeal on our house. We bought it last summer and haven’t touched the outside yet. I don’t know where to start!

This home has a beautiful colonial style to it, so I wanted to play that up by focusing on the symmetry of the house.

Inspiring Two Story Curb Appeal

First though, I gathered some inspiration photos to get my wheels turning:

Adding curb appeal to a two story home
Image Source: This Old House | Photo Credit: Anthony Tieuli
Adding curb appeal to a two story home
Image Source: ePlans 
Adding curb appeal to a two story home
Image Source: 417 Magazine | Photo Credit: Jeremy Mason McGraw
Adding curb appeal to a two story home
Image Source: Architectural Designs 
Adding curb appeal to a two story home
Image Source: Architectural Designs 
Adding curb appeal to a two story home
Image Source: Architectural Designs 


Sufficiently inspired, I got down to work. Here’s what I came up with to give this home exterior a dramatic makeover:

After | Adding curb appeal to a two story home

It doesn’t even look like the same house, right?? But I swear it is, and the updates I made don’t even involve any structural remodels. Here’s what I did:

Adding Curb Appeal to a Two Story Home

The dark porch was the main offender in my eyes. Those skinny, all-brick columns were giving the whole house a dated look that wasn’t my favorite. To remedy this, I would beef up the porch columns, making the bottom portion a more substantial size, but using the same brick color. For the top, a clean white pillar instantly updates the porch. Add in a pretty white porch railing, and the house is already more inviting.

With the addition of white columns, the dark windows and gutters were really standing out. Updating these to a more traditional white, with a classic double hung style for the windows, really emphasizes the colonial bones of the house and brightens everything up.

From there, I stuck with the classic color palette and updated the shutters to black, while removing the oversized shutters around the front door for a cleaner look. A fresh coat of paint for the main house in a creamy neutral, a new black door with fresh white molding, and some large eye-catching porch lights brings the color scheme together.

The final touch was a new, shaker style roof to add a bit of natural tone back into the design. I followed that up by incorporating a variety of plants in primarily symmetrical plantings, and the house was complete.

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Valspar Brown Buzz

Porch Railing

Hanging plants

Adding curb appeal to a two story home

So what do you think? What would you do if this were your home?

As always, thank you to Cassity and the Remodelaholic team for having me back each month. If you like this post, and have a design dilemma you’d like me to mock up some ideas for, you can ask your questions by sending Remodelaholic a message over on Facebook, or checkout my mockup design services over on my site And be sure to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram and say hello! Have a great day, friends!


More curb appeal updates:

Split Level Curb Appeal Modern Colonial Curb Appeal Mockup • AD Aesthetic for Remodelaholic Modern Exterior Curb Appeal Update • Photoshop Mockups by AD Aesthetic for neutral southwest curb appeal

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Dawn is one half of the team behind the creative blog, AD Aesthetic. By day she works as the VP of Creative for a design and marketing company (getting paid to make things look good!), while by night she renovates her Midwest home, refinishes thrift-store furniture for fun, and works with her husband on raising two tiny humans. Dawn believes in the potential to design your surroundings and your life one day at a time, and lives by the motto, 'Make everything beautiful.' Get to know her better by visiting her blog,, or following along on Facebook and Instagram.

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