When we think about improving our homes we often turn to expensive renovations. Even if we know they’re going to cost a tonne of money, it’s still worth the money thanks to all of the assistance we get from expert contractors and the added peace of mind knowing that we have professionals working on our projects instead of our own amateur hands with limited knowledge. The truth is that as much as we love to have renovations done to our home, there will come a point where we simply can’t think of what to change that would be worth the money.
If you’ve already added a loft, excavated your basement and given your entire kitchen a makeover, then you might be stumped on what ideas to go with next. In most cases, people often forget that the exterior of their home usually matters as much as the interior. To help you out, we’ve put together a couple of exterior renovations that can help you boost the outside appeal and of your property.
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Adding colour, texture or patterns to the outside of your home
If you want to add some curb appeal to your home, then you might want to mix and match different textures and patterns in your siding to create a unique and different look in your home. For instance, just take a look at services such as www.Wildwoodroof.com and you’ll find that there are dozens of different finishes that look amazing and can even be practical as well. Depending on the style of home you’re after, you could completely change the look and feel of your home to make it seem more rustic, more modern or even contemporary.
Even if you’re not interested in adding patterns or textures to your home, putting a splash of colour on the exterior of your home can be a great way to add a bit of extra flair. Take a read at this article from www.Smashingmagazine.com for a couple of examples of how colours can completely change the look and appeal of your home. Of course, you don’t need to read everything, but it’s a good idea to have some kind of information ready for your contractor if you want to make the entire process go more smoothly.
Bringing the backyard into the front yard
Most people neglect their front entrance even though they put a lot of effort into the backyard. Why not bring some of your gardening out into the front? Whether it’s rows of flowerbeds and plants that create a pathway up to your home or a couple of overhanging trees or climbing vines that decorate your front entrance, there are plenty of unique gardening ideas that make more sense in the front yard than the back.
Of course, this will usually double the amount of gardening work you need to do and if you space your plants out incorrectly and neglect to take care of it, you’ll often get lots of spiders and insects hanging around the front entrance making it difficult for people to get in. It might also be hard to see your door number and it might also pose a safety risk because it creates more cover for thieves to break into your home. As a result, you’ll need to think smart before you decide to move some of your gardening into the front yard.
Another great little addition is to create a stone path that leads up to your home. Many homes already have this, but the stone can easily be worn out and look nasty without much care. Replacing it with some cut stone can make a world of difference and give our home some extra curb appeal. Stone paths can also be used extensively in the backyard, and keeping a consistent theme can often give fantastic results. It might sound expensive, but check out this article at www.Familyhandyman.com for some affordable garden path ideas that look fantastic.
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Making better use of your garage
Your garage is a crucial room in the home, especially if it’s housing your dream car. Every component of the garage, including the driveway, the door and even the room above it, can play a part in your renovation in order to make it stand out from the rest of the neighbourhood. If the garage attached to your home is fairly large, then the design it uses can be incorporated into the rest of your home as well. This is opposed to garages that stand separately from the main house.
However, if your garage isn’t actually attached to your home, then it opens up many new possibilities for upgrading your garage. Take a look at this article from www.Garageliving.com to find a couple of unique ideas on just how you can transform your garage. Of course, this is only possible if you don’t currently use your garage for much other than storing your car. In fact, some households are actively trying to reduce their emissions and are getting rid of their vehicles. If this includes you, then you might be in luck because you could transform your garage into a completely new room. Be it a living space, another kitchen, a playroom or even a gym, having a whole extra room is nothing to ignore!
Outdoor lighting is underrated
How often have you seen a home at night lit up by lights? It might look gaudy, but using exterior lighting correctly can drastically improve the appearance of your home. There are many unique DIY ideas such as adding candles in a bottle or using unique block lights to subtly illuminate your garden. You can also use hanging lights to create a fairytale-like experience around your home–and it doesn’t even need to be Christmas or a festive season!
Some people have experimented with small LED lights along the decking of their garden with some spectacular results. Others have hung lights on large trees, which is another great idea if you’re proud of your garden. With so many choices, it’s a good idea to look for design inspiration or speak with a contractor to see just what ideas they can cook up once they take a look at your garden or even the exterior of your home.
Another great place to have exterior lighting is your driveway leading up to the garage. This has many practical uses in addition to making your home look great. However, motion-sensing lights (the most commonly used ones for your driveway) can be rather pricey.
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Moving the interior out into the exterior
This might initially sound like a terrible idea (especially if you live in an area that has a lot of rainfall) but it’s the opposite to the idea of bringing nature indoors. Nowadays, it’s possible to purchase garden furniture that looks and feels just like indoor furniture, only with the advantage that it’s completely weather resistant. Instead of buying boring deck chairs or sitting on those uncomfortable plastic chairs we see at barbeques, why not invest in outdoor furniture that looks and feels much better?
In addition to dressing up your garden to make it look like a living room, we can also recommend replacing your garden doors or windows with large floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that could completely change the look and feel of your backyard. Simply open up these wide doors and it will feel like opening up your home to nature. It’s a fantastic way to give the exterior of your home a unique appearance boost and it’s practical for summers when the weather’s hot and you want more natural light to fill your home.
The alternative to this is to actually build a conservatory, a room that many homes still do not have. Conservatories are brilliant options for people that are looking to create a room that is comfortable and protected from the weather but is surrounded by nature. This is an especially good idea if you love gardening and spend lots of time in the backyard.
Some final words
As you can see, renovating doesn’t always need to be on the inside of your home. There are plenty of changes to make to the outside of your home that can make it more stylish, rustic, or whatever feeling you’re trying to promote. Whether it’s upgrading the garage, adding textures and siding to your home or even giving your roof a new look, there are plenty of areas that are desperate for a renovation. Just make sure that you take a good look at these ideas, look for inspiration and get in touch with contractors in order to get a better understanding of the options available you.