When you own a home it seems to be a never-ending cycle of improvements, renovations, and changes. The majority of these home improvements tend to take place inside the home, which can end up leaving your exterior a bit sad and dismal looking. Without the proper attention outside, your house can lack curb appeal and even inspiration. It also means you may be losing out on functional and useable outdoor space simply because it hasn’t been designed correctly.
If you’re ready to tackle the exterior of your home, but you’re not really sure where to start, then here’s a look at the top four tips that will help you upgrade the exterior.
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Install Stylish Non-Traditional Fencing
When you think of fencing, it’s normal to think about the traditional tall plank-style fencing that is a bit of an eyesore. There is no need to stick to this style though. Instead, you can use fencing as decor as well as serving a function. One option is to install a picket fence, which can be used at the front and back of your yard. Picket fencing is a wonderful addition to landscaped areas and gardens. It serves the purpose of creating a boundary, but at the same time, they aren’t an over-powering fence.
You can find a wide range of picket fence options including heights, shapes, and colours. Many will allow you to stain them at home so you can pick the best color for your home.
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UPDATE YOUR ROOFING FIXTURES
Your roof catches rainwater that hits your home. If you don’t have gutters, rainwater will pour over the roof’s edge and the sides of the home, which can erode the soil overtime and lead to a flooded basement and foundation problems. Eavestroughs prevent this problem from happening and protect the home from possible water damage. If your gutters are clogged and old, water can accumulate and pour over the edge as well. So, it’s best to update your roofing fixture before problems start.
If your old eavestroughs are getting old, consider replacing them immediately because you don’t want to risk damaging your home’s foundation. If you need a professional evaluation of your eavestrough system or require eavestrough repair Waterloo, seek out the reliable providers in your area.
Clear Out the Garden
When you think of upgrading the exterior of your home, many people assume that means adding to their garden and planting more. This may be the case if you have a young garden, or no garden at all, but if your home has a mature garden the opposite is true. Clearing out the garden, cutting back trees and shrubs, and even removing some items will do wonders for the curb appeal. It makes the garden appear healthier and gives a sense the whole yard is being cared for.
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Give the Front Door a Splash of Colour
Your front door is often the first thing that people notice as they pass by, and it’s something you use probably on a daily basis. Why not make it a door that is cheerful and welcoming by giving it a splash of colour. You can pick something that compliments the exterior of your home rather than blends in with it. Popular front door colours include red, orange, blue, and yellow.
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Invest in Exterior Lighting
Your home’s ambiance will be greatly improved with the use of several lighting options. Although they’re only noticeable at night, they can completely change your home’s look. Exterior lighting is actually a fabulous way to add design and interest to your exterior. You can go with large fixtures that really make a mark, install lighting in pathways and gardens, and even use spotlights to feature certain architectural aspects of the home or key areas of your garden.
While you probably already have lights outside, they may not exactly be statement pieces. Consider using soffit lights, which will highlight your home’s architecture. Think of using ground lights to help accent the bushes and trees or porch lights to help add a welcome glow near your front door. Consider installing light near your home’s number sign, which will be helpful to your visitors and guests.
Your Home is Transformed
If you have a free weekend and you’re up for the challenge of doing a DIY project, you can start with smaller ones. You’ll be amazed at how a fresh coat of paint or a clean garden can upgrade your home. While each of these design tips may not seem big on their own, once you start to do a couple you’ll see a pretty large transformation take place.
This post in partnership with The Garden Trellis Co.