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When we think of decorating our home to improve the aesthetics and ambiance, we generally picture the interior – the lounge rooms, living spaces, bedrooms. However, the exterior of your home is just as important, if not more so. After all, it’s the first thing people see when they visit you, or the first thing a buyer sees when property hunting.
Although there are many reasons you might be considering an exterior renovation, the most common reasons include adding value to the property and increasing the curb appeal. A home that looks amazing, is more likely to feel amazing. If you’re after some ideas on how to do this, consider the following:
Use color and texture
A great way to add color and texture to your home’s exterior is with siding. You’ll find a variety of materials and options available, including metal which can be placed both horizontally and vertically, and vinyl – available in a range of textures, styles, and colors. If your home is brick, you can give those a paint to give your home a fresh, new look.
Start with the front door
Updating your front door is like getting a facelift – it’s a small change that makes a big difference. The front entry is the first thing visitors see when they come to the home, and as such, it should be welcoming. This is especially true if you are a landlord trying to rent out your property. Curb appeal often equates to higher rental prices, and necessary home improvements or repairs like this are usually tax deductible like home insurance.
If replacing the door, choose a style that’s more energy-efficient and high security. If you can’t afford to replace it, give it a fresh coat of paint. Go for something bright and bold to stand out, or stick to neutral to suit the rest of the home.
Fix your old windows
The older your house gets, the older the windows, and if your windows are starting to look a little drab, it could be time for a good clean – or replacement. You might also consider that if you currently have limited natural light and small windows, cutting extra space into the walls and installing larger windows is a great investment. It can add value as well.
Consider your landscape carefully
From the front yard to the back, you want your outdoor space to be inviting and comfortable. Choosing the right plants is essential, as is where you place them – while large trees may provide plenty of shade, that shade could prevent the grass and gardens from blooming. Include native shrubs and bushes, as well as colorful flowers to make the home a little brighter. Keep your gardens tidy and stay on top of weeds. You might also consider grass seeds if your lawn is looking a little drab.
Enhance with lighting
Outdoor lighting is not only an efficient method of home security, keeping your family safer; it’s also a great way to enhance the design of your home. From spotlights to illuminate plants or the patio, to step lights or garden lights, it’s easy to transform your home. Just remember to stick with soft bulbs.
Rethink your roof
If your roof is old and cracked, it’s not going to operate efficiently, so of course, you’re going to want to replace it. Consider the type of materials to use, whether they are efficient, and their life span. Think lighter colored shingles if you want to keep the heat out a little better, or a black roof for easy maintenance. On the other hand, if the roof is in good condition, that doesn’t mean you should ignore it and a simple paint job could transform the entire design of your property.
Create an outdoor haven
From the front yard to the back, you want to be able to take advantage of your outdoor areas, particularly in the Aussie summer. Adding a patio or deck gives you plenty of extra room to move, while at the same time expanding your entertaining space.
Finally, add a fire pit for cooler nights, a barbecue for cooking up a feast, comfortable lounges, and stunning pot plants and outdoor lights. At the front of the home, consider a balcony that allows you a place of peace and quiet, where you can watch the world go by with a cup of coffee.