By Alana Childre, Realtor, RE/MAX of Boulder
Concrete foundations are often overlooked, and – excuse the bluntness – one of the ugliest features of your home. So before you spring into planting, take stock of your foundation and do something about that uninviting, exposed concrete section that surrounds the base of your house.
Here are six creative solutions, from the helpful folks at backyardboss.net:
1) Don’t Get Stuck Without Stucco
Stucco around your foundation gives a finished, long lasting look to your home’s exterior. Best of all, it can be applied directly to concrete walls, but be sure to follow building requirements for moisture barriers.
2) Lattice to the Rescue
Well-placed lattice work is the perfect solution for your foundation and those areas around your deck and stairways that leave a big empty space under your house. You can paint or stain it to match your home and add a doorway for some much needed outdoor storage.
3) The Simplest of All: Paint
Paint is a wonderful invention. Easy and quick to use, paint can make your foundation disappear or add a creative touch with color. All it takes is a little prep time to make the foundations surface clean and smooth. Then choose the right color and voila! You have made a huge improvement to your home.
4) Hide It with Plants and Planters
Do you love plants and have a green thumb? Big bushy shrubs and raised flower beds are the perfect solution for covering the foundation. It makes your home feel fresh, inviting and well established. And landscaping adds realizable value to your home.
5) Fill ‘er Up
Don’t want plants surrounding your home’s perimeter? Cover it with beds of gravel or decorative rock. You can get creative with your choice of materials or add a combination of raised beds of different heights. And it’s a great solution if you have moisture problems in your basement.
6) Ready-made Solutions
An uninsulated foundation can contribute up to 22 percent of energy loss in your home. Ready-made insulation panels improve the look of your home and boost energy efficiency at the same time. Solutions come in many styles, from faux stone to stucco and wood looks.
You can find suitable solutions at your local home improvement store or consult a local contractor. But be sure to get going on a home project that will make all the difference in your home’s charm.
See the full list of ideas and photos at https://www.backyardboss.net/ways-to-hide-house-foundation/
RE/MAX of Boulder Realtor Alana Childre is a Colorado native and long-time resident of Boulder who understands the needs of seniors, veterans, property investors, and families who relocate to Boulder County. Alana has a solid business background, having graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in business management and worked for many years in banking and property management before obtaining her real estate license. Her background has equipped her to provide useful advice about various financing options and about purchasing and managing investment properties. Alana’s certifications include: Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI), Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), and Certified Military Residential Specialist (CMRS).