About Sandy Barth

Sandy works with Georgia Front Porch authoring articles on curb appeal, front porch/portico design and seasonal topics of interest to our readers. You can learn more about Sandy Barth at http://www.gohighprofile.com/

2022 Front Porch Design Trends

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Last year, we ran an article about front porch trends, and those great design ideas are still relevant for 2022. A front porch serves the dual purpose of adding more living space to your home while increasing its value when it comes time to sell. Let’s review some of the hottest design trends:

Add Natural […]

7 Ideas to Make Your Fall Flower Containers More (Curb) Appealing

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To many Atlantans, fall is a welcome relief from our hot, humid summers. It is also an outstanding opportunity to enhance your home’s curb appeal with vibrant colors that celebrate the season!
Pumpkin Power
Few things say fall better than pumpkins. Start with a pumpkin tower. Take an empty container and stack pumpkins in cascading […]

Thinking of Selling Your Home? It’s What’s on the Outside that Counts

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If your current or future plans include selling your home, curb appeal can have a significant impact on the sale price. In fact, a recent study discovered that attractive curb appeal can increase the value of your home by 7% or more. Here are a few reasons why curb appeal is so important and […]

2021 Front Porch Design Trends

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Today’s housing market is hot — red hot. It is assuredly a seller’s market. Knowing that homes may be overpriced due to demand, many people are choosing to upgrade their homes. Not only can they enjoy these upgrades now, but they also benefit later when it is time for them to sell.

One of the […]

Front Yard Birding — Keeping Feathered Guests Coming Back for More

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Calling all nature lovers! This is the time of year we cherish when birds return from their winter migration to build nests and find their mates.

If you want to attract more visitors, here are some tips to get started.
Clean Out Old Nests
Take a walk around your property and remove old nests. Each year birds […]

6 Tips That Will Give Your Home Winning Winter Curb Appeal

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Technically the first day of winter is December 20th. More accurately, winter arrived in the Atlanta area right after Thanksgiving. So, now that reality has set in, it’s time to think about what you can do to enhance your home’s curb appeal. Here are some ideas to make sure your home looks double-take-amazing this […]

3 Ways to Amp Up Your Entry

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Your home’s curb appeal is important for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is your own happiness when you look at it! It’s also an important factor for your neighbors, visitors, and potential buyers in the future. Did you know, 99% of Realtors believe curb appeal is important in attracting a […]

9 Nifty Ways Decorate Your Porch for Early Fall

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Early fall begins the transition to less humidity and quality time on the front porch. So let’s get started with a few curb appeal tips to help you get ready for the new season!

Clean and De-clutter- Start the season with a clean slate. Make some time to pressure wash, deep clean, and […]

Tips to Create Curvaceous Curb Appeal

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While we’d never argue that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line — that might not be the best way to achieve outstanding curb appeal. Here are some ideas to achieve a distinctive look and their corresponding benefits.

1). Use pavers or natural stone to create a curved walkway to your front […]

Porte Cochere: Style Beyond Carports

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Ever see a portico-like structure but didn’t know exactly what it was called? Ever come across a structure that was like a fancy carport but wasn’t exactly a carport? Well, we’re here to solve the mystery. What you saw is a porte cochere, or coach door. The name is French, if you didn’t know!

It […]

How to Achieve Top Curb Appeal with Low Maintenance

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Due to COVID-19 many of us are spending significantly more time at home than ever before. Why not take the opportunity to consider options that achieve greater curb appeal so you can enjoy your home now and increase its value when it comes time to sell? Here are the top trends of 2020 for bringing fresh […]

5 Great Ideas for Enjoying Your Porch or Patio this Winter

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Compared to the Northeast and Midwest, Atlanta’s winters are a walk in the park. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t get our fair share of cold days. The falling temperatures discourage us from spending time on our outdoor porches and patios. It doesn’t have to be that way! Here are a few ideas […]

Swing Time! Choosing the Right Swing for Your Atlanta Porch

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For many Atlantans, a screen porch is practically a four-season sanctuary. Is there anything more relaxing than a porch swing or a swing bed? Before you answer that question, let’s spend some time differentiating the two…

— Porch Swing —

While porch swings are typically designed for smaller spaces, they still look great on a wide Atlanta porch. Most swings […]

Choose the Right Mulch for Your Residence

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Mulch. So misunderstood, yet so vital for your garden. Most of us don’t put much thought into what color we choose, the types available, or its many virtues. For example, did you know that mulch is a natural weed suppressor? It’s a great option if you prefer not to use pesticides. And, it helps […]

Great Tips to Make Your Front Porch More Welcoming

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If you are lucky enough to have a front porch, you know it is the perfect place to chat with neighbors or welcome visitors to your home. Ironically, the first place you engage with people on your property is often the last you consider updating. Here are some ideas to make your front porch […]

Practical Ways to Enhance Your Curb Appeal

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The concept of curb appeal is well known in the real estate industry. After all, enhancing curb appeal before putting your home up for sale is the equivalent of putting your best foot forward. But upgrading curb appeal should not be limited to sprucing up your home for sale. It is an opportunity to […]

Easy Ways to Add Cozy Curb Appeal

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Looking for a few ideas to improve your home’s curb appeal in a few easy steps? Here are some ideas to get the creative juices flowing.

Create an Instant Garden: Container gardens add a welcoming feel and colorful appeal to any home exterior. Buy ready-made containers from your local garden center and fill with your […]

Grow Greener with These Fertilizing Tips

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The trees are already budding and the daffodils have appeared. And even though there’s a cold spell on the horizon, this is an ideal time to get your shopping list ready for fertilizer or chatting with your lawn maintenance pros about problem areas that need to be addressed this year.

Lawn fertilizers give your lawn […]

Reflect Your Personality with These Holiday Front Door Decor Ideas

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The holidays are upon us and as you navigate this very busy season, we thought you might find helpful some ideas to help make your front door reflect your personal holiday spirit. We’ve organized them to make it easy to find the designs that are right for you. 

NOTHERNERS: Raised in the North with Plenty […]

How to Prep Your Home for Stunning Winter Curb Appeal

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Most Atlantans like their winters, as long as they are brief and dry. While the season is indeed brief, winter can have an effect on your home’s appearance, specifically on your curb appeal. Here are some tips to keep up appearances despite the dreary weather.

• Take Care of Yard Leaves: Few things are more pleasant […]