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Key West Classic Exterior

Beach House Exteriors: Key West Curb Appeal

 

A few select and well-thought out exterior upgrades can add some Key West-inspired Curb Appeal to your beach house in a jiffy! Key West is about balmy weather and colors of the sea and sky.  While driving around Key West’s Old Town you’ll view vibrant colors, intricate patterns, beautiful trees as well as Colonial architecture.

“Key West is a town of color. Colorful sunsets over sparkling water. Colorful seashells and storefronts. Colorful shutters on Conch houses. And colorful people who fill the streets with festivals and parades. From beautiful furniture and accessories to full service decorating, Style Key West brings that life color to a customer or client’s home.” ~ Style Key West 

 

Beach House - Key West Curb Appeal

Tropical Exterior design by Miami Architect tuthill architecture

 

After you’ve mowed the lawn, freshened up your flower beds and swept the landing why not add one or more of these pieces to freshen your exterior up a bit?  Key West exterior style updates were recently featured in a Southern Living Magazine article titled, Front Door Style.  The magazine suggested five fairly easy upgrades to boost curb appeal and I agree with their suggestions of a colorful door; pineapple door knocker; entrance lighting, new door hardware and a door mat.

 

Key West Front Door Curb Appeal via Southern Living

 

The  door knocker can be a welcome greeting for your guests.  The pineapple has been a universal symbol of hospitality and welcome for many centuries all over the world.  Your family and friends will be immediately impressed upon arriving at your home with a shining new Pineapple Door Knocker.

Pineapple Door Knocker

Beach House - Key West Curb Appeal Pineapple Door Knocker

An extremely cost-effective upgrade is a new door mat.  Door mats are such an unexciting thing to purchase; however they can also make your entrance look much better in no time at all.  Many door mats are created from recycled materials; which are extremely durable and will last for years.

Fisherman’s Rope Mat

Beach House - Key West Curb Appeal

A new outdoor light fixture can beautify your beach home’s curb appeal immediately.    Many of your guests  will arrive for gatherings after dark so perfectly placed outdoor lighting enhances your home’s architectural design and welcomes guests right.  For the most flattering light on people and plants, install blue-white bulbs for your exterior fixtures.

Outdoor lighting also adds value to your home.   Judith Patriski, an appraiser and owner of Quad Realty Co. near Cleveland, estimates that for upper-bracket homes, an investment in outdoor lighting can yield a 50% return. “When you pull into a driveway and see a gorgeous home, you’re going to pay more for it,” says Patriski.

Hanging Exterior Pineapple Lantern

Beach House - Key West Curb Appeal

Your front door is the first thing which catches ones eye, so if you only want to upgrade one item I recommend starting with the front door.   A fresh coat of brightly colored exterior paint on your door can be completed in an afternoon.  

Bright Front Door Paint in “Yellow Corn”

  Key West Curb Appeal - Behr Ultra Paint in Yellow Corn

 

Looking for a more dramatic change?  Visit a local home center for a new front door –  you might be surprised at all the options available.   If you’re interested in something more special, then I highly recommend checking with local or online architectural salvage stores.  The beautiful door featured below is available from AMIGHINI Architecturals and Doors.

 

Single Wood Entry Door with wrought iron

 

Curb Appeal - Single Entry Door from Amighini Architecturals and Doors

 

Last, but certainly not least, your Key West Curb Appeal isn’t complete if your entrance door hardware is old, rusty or dirty.  As with exterior doors, there are literally thousands of styles of door hardware available on the market.  All door locks are important for the safety of your home, but some are so beautiful that you could actually call them “art”.

 

Curb Appeal - Entry Sets from HomePortfolio.com

 

 

Key West Beach House

{Beach House Tour} Key West Vacation Home

Today’s Beach House Tour is a Key West charmer which has literally stood the test of time.  The home has been decorated with soft and feminine hues of dusty blue, pale mauve, and yellow which create a light and airy feeling throughout.  The historic cottage even comes with wide honey-hued planks (swoon!) which envelope the home with warmth, antiquity, and craftsmanship.  We love how the designer incorporated antiques and modern furniture & fabrics to create the perfect balance of beach cottage comfortability.

What is your opinion of this Key West Vacation Home?

 

Key West Beach House

In 1846, what would have roared in today as a Category 5 hurricane (think Katrina) pummeled Key West, Florida, leaving only eight of the island’s 600 houses standing. The unassuming yellow clapboard cottage with a long, sloping metal roof, black louvered shutters, and a white picket fence is one of those resilient rarities that survived the storm.  ~ Traditional Home

 

Key West Vacation Home

Key West Vacation Home Tour

Key West Vacation Home Tour

 

More than any other space, the master bedroom says retreat. “It’s light and ethereal, like being in a cloud,” says Richesin of the sky-blue room with a cloud painting behind the bed. But despite the vacation home’s sense of airy escape, it remains rooted in terra firma–grounded, charmingly, in history.  ~ Traditional Home

 

Key West Vacation Home Tour

Key West Vacation Home Tour

Key West Vacation Home Tour

Key West Vacation Home Swimming Pool Tour

Read the entire article at Traditional Home Magazine

  •  Architect: Thomas Pope, Thomas E. Pope Architect, 7009 Shrimp Rd., Key West, FL 33040; 305/296-3611, thomasepope.com.
  • Interior designer: Todd Richesin of Todd Richesin Interiors, Knoxville, TN 37922;  toddrichesininteriors.com.
  • Traditional Home article written and produced by Candace Ord Manroe; Photographs by Werner Straube

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