Remodeling Tips

Remodeling Landscaping Tips

Remodeling the Outside of Your Home:
There’s nothing more rewarding or refreshing to your home than remodeling the outside to update the image of your biggest and most important investment.

Weathering is the biggest detriment to the outside features of your home.  Although homes are built to withstand the test of time, siding, roofs and paint are not durable enough to last as long as the structure on which they are applied, particularly if you live in especially wet, cold or hot climates.  Those sorts of things need replacing and/or repairing every now and then and can do wonders for the curb appeal of your home, especially if you’re considering selling your house!

Probably the biggest thing you can do to update the outside of your home is to change the color.  Some applications, like brick, on the outside of homes cannot be easily changed but others, like wood and stucco, can be updated fairly easily and cost-effectively.  You can also add color to your home if you need to replace the roof by selecting a new roofing material that will enhance the beauty of your existing stucco, brick or whatever else the outside construction may include.  As the old saying goes, “If you want it done right, do it yourself.”  However, many people don’t have the time or talent to tackle such an undertaking and, if you’re one of them, you may be better off to hire a contractor to achieve the new look you want for your home.  In that case, ask for references and examples of their work.  If you are a do-it-yourselfer, however, all you need is some painting supplies and a ladder and you’ll be well on your way to improving the appearance of your home.

Another way to completely change the look of your home is to simply replace or paint the front door and/or garage door.  Or add shutters or trim to the front windows or door.  Or you can merely update certain aspects of your home, like adding a complimentary color for trim and edgings around the roof, doors or windows.  In choosing a color for these applications, utilize a “color wheel” and select a color at the opposite end of the spectrum from which the dominant color sits on the wheel.  For instance, if the outside of your home is “mauve,” you will want to select a trim or front door color that is the opposite of that on the color spectrum, or you’ll end up with a house that looks even more pink.

Sometimes the appearance of your home can be improved greatly by merely planting a tree or bushes that will add color with the changing of seasons.  Keep in mind that deciduous trees and shrubs will drop their leaves and, therefore, create a little more landscaping upkeep.  In the interim, however, foliage can greatly enhance the beauty of your home and the property on which it is built.

Another thing to consider if you’re interested in changing the look of your home on the outside is to add a covered pergola, porch, patio or gazebo.  These are very nice additions to your home’s front and back and can make your living space much more usable and enjoyable for your family and friends.

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