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Freshly Picked Fleur de Lis Home Decor

Whether your heritage is French, you’re a serious football supporter of the New Orleans Saints, or you just love the distinctive fleur de lis symbol, adding it to your home decor can be easily accomplished with our “Freshly Picked Fleur de Lis Collection.” From handle pulls to door knockers, from Board & Batten shutters to a decorative strap hinge as accent, we offer a rich assortment of this iconic art as rendered on numerous home exterior products. Read more

The Prestige vinyl planter is a classic style that works with any home.

Curb Appeal in 5 Easy Steps

When selling your home, nothing can make or break a deal faster than curb appeal. Good curb appeal can draw in potential buyers and increase your property value, but poor curb appeal can drive people away and keep your house on the market longer. Sell your house faster with these five simple curb appeal ideas to turn your home from fab to drab!

Decorative iron accents transform ordinary doors into extraordinary doors.

Decorative iron accents transform ordinary doors into extraordinary doors.

Hardware & Knockers

Spice up your entryway and create something unique and extraordinary with iron door accessories, like handles and knockers. Our selection of iron door hardware can turn even the simplest front or garage door into a work of art that is truly unique and matches the architecture of the rest of the home. Use them on standard garage doors to create carriage garage doors. With more than 25 styles, there is the perfect piece to match your home. A classic option is this pull handle, which is sure to make your door look more substantial and expensive – a definite draw to buyers.

The Prestige vinyl planter is a classic style that works with any home.

The Prestige vinyl planter is a classic style that works with any home.

 Outdoor Planters

Nothing improves curb appeal faster than adding beautiful plants and flowers. Keep things contained and classy in curbside planters. These planters can be used to flank the entryway, line the driveway, or accentuate other details of the house. Even better, the planters are self-watering, meaning you don’t have to add plant maintenance to your already long to-do list. Planters can be filled with flowers and plants that match the style of your home and thrive in your climate. For a classic look that will appeal to every buyer, opt for this classic white square planter that will make the plants pop and carries a hefty warranty.

Literally give your curb appeal and make it stand out from the rest with a Presidential mailbox.

Literally give your curb appeal and make it stand out from the rest with a Presidential mailbox.

Custom Mailboxes

Turn those bills and advertisements into something stylish with a functional and decorative mailbox and mailbox post system. Quality mailboxes add chic sophistication to a front yard and are easy to install and maintain. Our durable mailboxes come in styles to match every home, like this beautiful presidential mail post that will make your home stand out on the block for all the right reasons.

Handmade cedar shutters are a classic architectural detail that will make any passerby do a double take.

Handmade cedar shutters are a classic architectural detail that will make any passerby do a double take.

Exterior Shutters

If windows are the eyes of the home, then shutters are the eye makeup. Handmade cedar shutters add a unique architectural detail to the front of your home and fill in space to create a full and attractive easy curb appeal. In the world of modern home styling, shutters can add an unexpected charming detail to impress potential buyers. Our cedar wood shutters are beautiful on their own or painted to match the color scheme of your home.

A faux balcony adds unique curb appeal to otherwise boring windows.

A faux balcony adds unique curb appeal to otherwise boring windows.

Juliet Balconies

Give your home a dash of old world charm with a faux balcony, like this iron Juliet balcony. Faux balconies don’t affect the structural details of the home, but they are easy to install and can instantly give your home a face lift with an unexpected and whimsical detail. Faux balconies are also a great way to give your home a larger scale and unite the interior and exterior for a more expensive feel that buyers are sure to love.
Now that you’re ready to take on the real estate market fully informed on how you can add instant curb appeal to your home, hop on over to www.HooksandLattice.com to shop. Have curb appeal ideas of your own? Contribute yours in the comments below to give other homeowners like yourself a helping hand!

window box on vinyl siding

How to Hang Window Boxes on Vinyl Siding

If you’re one of the millions of homeowners nationwide with vinyl siding, chances are you value materials and products that are long-lasting, low-maintenance and beautiful. As such, desired tips for increasing curb appeal should be affordable, durable and doable from a DIY perspective. The perfect project? Hanging window planters!

With the help of this how-to guide, installing a window box on vinyl siding is made easy. Here at Hooks And Lattice, our mission is to improve curb appeal for every abode, from ranch homes to colonials. And being that vinyl is the #1 siding used in the United States, many a homeowner will find this tutorial useful learning how to hang window boxes on vinyl siding.

When deciding how to hang a window box planter, there are essentially two options to choose from:

Option #1: Direct Mount with Bolts

Option #2: Mounting Hooks For Vinyl

Deciding between the two is really a matter of preference. There’s no single best way to hang window boxes on vinyl siding, although we recommend a direct mount installation. Read on to see why.

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Wow does this house need window boxes!
For dual-span windows, try one long window planter for a comprehensive look.

Installing Window Boxes Directly to Vinyl Siding

The Perks:

  • Simple and stable for a lasting mount
  • Lower risk of coming unattached compared w/ vinyl hooks
  • Greater weight bearing capabilities
  • Mounts flush to siding for a polished look
window box on vinyl siding

A hayrack trough planter dresses up this dormer window.
Raised panel shutters frame the opening for a polished exterior display.

Supply List:

  • Correctly sized window box
  • Mounting bolts
  • Stud finder
  • Pencil or marker

How To Install:

  • Find the wooden studs beneath vinyl siding. You will be drilling straight through in order to anchor mounting bolts right into studs.
  • Measure your garden container to determine the distance between mounting brackets or holes in the frame. You will align this with your stud spacing.

Note: If using a Hooks And Lattice Window Box made of wood, composite PVC or one of our metal cages, your container is compatible with standard 16″-18″ stud spacing.

  • Use window box measurements to identify mounting position. Then mark your spots on the vinyl clearly to guide drilling.
  • Drill starter holes into siding. Just enough to give the bolt an opening that will help to guide it through.
  • Thread your first bolt through a pre-drilled mounting hole on the window box. Depending on their position, either begin with one side or, if there’s a center bracket or mounting tab, begin here.
  • Attach your container to siding. Depending on how comfortable you are holding up the weight of your window box, this part can be a one or two-person job. While supporting the full weight of the planter, drill in your first threaded bolt all the way through to wood siding, just shy of tightening all the way.
  • Finally, add remaining bolts and repeat the step above. Once the last is in and you’ve checked to make sure the display is straight, tighten bolts the rest of the way to secure the mount.

Now you’re ready to try out all of your favorite container garden arrangements for spring, summer, fall and winter. For homes in colder climates, be sure to choose a weather resistant flower planter or choose window boxes with removable liners that are easy to winterize and store.

White garage door with decorative hardware

Choosing and Installing Decorative Garage Door Hardware

White garage door with decorative hardware

Decorative garage door hardware can give it old-fashioned charm. Image from Houzz.

It’s the little things that matter, especially when it comes to curb appeal.  Although your garage door usually melts into the background, it’s one of the biggest surfaces on the outside of your home.  You can choose to ignore it or treat it like a canvas and use it to enhance the visual appeal of your house.  Adding a little bit of decorative garage door hardware to a plain garage door will make a big visual impact, especially in a neighborhood full of similar models.

Choosing Decorative Garage Door Hardware

You can buy decorative garage door hardware in nearly any style to compliment all types of architecture, but you should select the hardware you’ll install on your garage with great care.  After all, once it’s installed, it’s hard to remove without damaging the garage door.  Your garage door hardware should stand out, but in a way that makes your home appear more elegant, instead of overly cluttered.

Many homeowners start with iron gate hinges, hung in pairs on both sides of the door.  You’ll be surprised how this small, inexpensive touch gives your garage door a totally different look.  One or two iron door handles will further enhance your garage door, especially if you repeat the hardware’s style on other exterior items like shutters and doors.  Speakeasy grills are another garage door option for homes that have decorative elements evenly balanced across the face – after all, too much hardware on the garage door can turn classy to tacky if the rest of your home is plain.

Garage door hardware is easy to install thanks to the pre-drilled holes.

Garage door hardware is easy to install thanks to the pre-drilled holes.

 

Installing Garage Door Hardware

Garage door hardware is easy to install with a power screwdriver and drill.  Positioning your hardware in the exact right spot isn’t as straight-forward, though.  Before you even take the drill out of the workshop, get a friend to help you decide exactly where to put the hardware you’ve purchased.  Once it’s on, it’s on and there’s no turning back.

Garage door hinges are typically set at intervals about 1/4 of the way from both the top and bottom of the door.  Whether you want to install two sets of hinges to create the illusion of two doors is up to you, but many garage doors lend themselves to this installation.  Just make sure to install the inner hinges along the visual center of the garage door if you opt for the double door look.

Handles are typically installed at the horizontal center of a single door or between two sets of hinges on doors with eight hinges.  Depending on the look you’re going for, they can be put into either a vertical or horizontal orientation, near the bottom of the door or near the vertical center.  Speakeasy grills are a fun way to transform small garage windows, or to simulate windows that aren’t there.  Place these in the upper fourth of the door for best effect.

No matter the style of your home, there is garage door hardware out there to give it a little something extra.  Go ahead, transform that blank garage door into an amazing visual asset.