Tips For Reviving an Older Home Without Sacrificing Charm

Enhance the look of your old home by adding exterior shutters and a new garage door.

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Updating the look of an older home can be a daunting challenge. How do you freshen up your home’s exterior while staying true to tradition and preserving the classic charm you cherish? With a bit of research and planning, your home’s new and improved look is well within reach. Adding exterior shutters and a new garage door can reinvigorate the overall aesthetic of an older home while greatly increasing its value. 

Exterior shutters can enliven the look of a traditional home without sacrificing any of the classic charm you cherish.

Let’s explore how to find the perfect shutters and garage door for your older home.

Exterior Shutters

Beloved for their beauty and versatility, panel style shutters have been a popular choice among homeowners for centuries

Panel Shutters: Nothing says tradition like stately looking panel shutters. A time-tested classic, panel shutters remain the most popular style to this day. Panel shutters do a great job enhancing the look of older style homes by elevating their captivating charm. If you’re a fan of beautiful shadows and intricate detail, raised and recessed panel shutters are obvious choices. For those who prefer a more clean look, try exploring flat panel shutters.

Originally designed to facilitate air flow in and out of windows, modern louver style shutters add texture, character and a touch of elegance to a home’s exterior.

Louver Shutters: What was once meant for ventilation has transformed into a staple of home exterior design. Louver shutters consist of beautiful details that are brought to life when the sun casts upon them. From streaks of highlights to dark, rich shadows, there’s a reason why louver shutters are a popular shutter style. Looking for more added flair? Upgrade from a fixed louver to an operable louver for that authentic look.

The simplicity of board and batten shutters can help to soften the look of a stately older home.

Board & Batten Shutters: Rustic, charming and irresistible. The inviting look board & batten shutters has been cherished by homeowners for many years. Whether you own or admire the aesthetic of a farmhouse, board & batten shutters are an obvious choice. From open or closed battens to adding a z or x-brace, all of which are sure to make your guests feel right at home.

Hearkening back to the days of horse-and-buggy travel, carriage style garage doors are the perfect complement to historic homes.

Mission Style Shutters: With their clean lines and geometric shapes, Mission style shutters have long been synonymous with the Arts & Crafts, or Craftsman style of architecture. The Arts & Crafts movement celebrated the beauty of natural materials and the fine art of working with one’s hands, so Mission style shutters carefully crafted out of premium wood are the perfect complement to a Craftsman home. 

Shutter Hardware: There’s nothing quite like the finishing touches of shutter hardware. Think of hardware as jewelry for your shutters. Whether your vision leans towards fixed or functional shutters, there’s a plethora of hardware to choose from. Prefer the simpler route? Try adding shutter locks, pull rings and faux tiebacks. If authentic details are what you desire, including functional shutter hinges and tiebacks is your best bet. No matter what type of shutter installation you choose, shutter hardware is a great way to make your shutters and home stand out for all the right reasons. 

Garage Doors

A new garage door should be at the top of the wish list when updating any home; it’s a project that can add incredible curb appeal while providing a tremendous return on investment. 

If you have an older home in need of an exterior refresh, you’ll have no trouble finding a garage door built with modern amenities that’s designed to fit in perfectly with your home’s traditional look. Whether you opt for a garage door with insulated wood or steel at its core, you can style the outside of your door to reflect the same classic charm as the rest of the house. 

Here are just a few options for garage door styles that pair well with older homes.

Carriage House Garage Doors: This style hearkens back to those good old horse-and-buggy days, making carriage house doors the perfect complement to historic architecture. Blending the convenience of an overhead door with the appearance of old-fashioned swing doors, carriage house garage doors can be outfitted with authentic hardware, such as hinge fronts and pull handles, to pull the whole look together. 

Channel the country charm of a rustic home design by adding farmhouse garage doors.

Farmhouse Style Garage Doors: Does your home have more of a rustic aesthetic? Choose a farmhouse garage door with a striking z-brace or x-brace design. Whether finished with wood stain or painted a warm red, a rich green, or a more modern black, farmhouse garage doors exude natural beauty and evoke memories of a simpler time.

Trifold Style Garage Doors: Capture the spirit of a bygone era with a charming and sophisticated trifold style garage door. With simple, clean lines and paneled detailing that can be fully customized to suit your specific style, trifold garage doors mirror the look of old-world folding doors to create an extraordinary entryway.

With Or Without Windows?: You can elevate the look of any garage door by adding windows in an arched or square-top design. Windows lighten up the garage space while giving extra depth and character to a home’s exterior.

No matter what type of home you may have, there’s more than enough options to choose from when it comes to adding shutters and a new garage door. For more tips to help update your home, visit Timberlane’s Design Inspiration space. 

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