3 Basics for updating your Colonial home

by TARA BELANGER BRIGHT 01/16/2023

The Colonial-style house is one of the most common and well-known house styles in America. It’s traditional yet versatile enough to bring it to the modern age with little to no excessive efforts and can transcend regional boundaries due to its versatility.

But what do you do when it’s time to integrate the traditional styling elements of the Colonial home with a few newer, more modern design preferences?

Know what makes your home Colonial

Most Colonial houses are identifiable based on their shapes, overall external aesthetic and size. They tend to be rectangular around the body of the home with pitched, yet traditional roofs. Most have at least two stories, but can have one or three, depending on location and designer.

These homes often have fireplaces and favor the traditional exterior siding of brick or wood paneling. They’re also known for their symmetry and cosmetically conventional windows and doors.

Understand which style you have

Colonial homes come in a wide and astounding variety of styles. From the French Colonials dotting New Orleans, to the Cape Cod style of New England, Colonial homes have often been customized to feature a unique house style that sets them apart from others in their set.

Knowing what style of house you have is imperative for finding the right decor and design to accentuate its Colonial architecture.

Add from modern house styles

Many homeowners want to update their home’s exterior for a wide range of reasons. However, you’ll want to choose exterior accents that complement your home’s style instead of detract from it.

For example, those enjoying Spanish Colonial houses may find they can enjoy a home with lighter exteriors and darker accents along the home’s siding. The landscaping may even feature more tropical or desert-loving plants to help bring the style together. 

If you want to update the siding of an old Spanish Colonial home, try using a siding with hefty yet sustainable features. Ensure you can match the textures associated with other facets of your home before you upgrade, to ensure one fluid style around your home’s exterior.

These are just a few basics regarding updates to your Colonial home. Be sure to give yourself enough time to consider and plan any upgrades to your home before you get started. It’ll save you a host of problems down the line and create a product that you and your household can enjoy.



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TARA BELANGER BRIGHT

 Tara Belanger Bright is a dependable and enthusiastic Real Estate Agent in Northeast Florida. She assists buyers and sellers in St Johns County, Duval County and the Clay County area and is known for her exceptional knowledge and skills. With over 6 years of Real Estate experience, Tara makes each transaction as smooth and stress-free as possible for undefined clients.

Tara began undefined career in Real Estate in 2017, and since then has joined RE/MAX Unlimited, where she has been able to provide numerous clients with her knowledge, expertise, and unparalleled passion for the field. Her degree in marketing sets her apart when making sure your home is presented well and marketing properly. In addition to helping clients buy and sell homes, Tara is also highly skilled in New Construction, First Time Home Buyers, Families, 55+ clients and has worked with many buyers moving to the area from out of state. 

Tara will be sure to exceed your Real Estate expectations. She is active on YouTube and invites to learn about the communities that she works in. Contact her today!