We tend to focus so much on interior design – in fact, there’s an entire industry devoted to it – that we sometimes overlook exterior design.
However, exterior renovations are a great way to improve the function of your property, while boosting aesthetics. Exterior renovations can be performed on exterior elements of the home itself (exterior home refacing), or the property surrounding it.
Let’s first focus on exterior home makeovers. What are some of the most cost-efficient ways to improve your property without breaking the bank? One is to replace the siding on your home, which could be looking worn or cracked. Changing it could ad visual appeal and increase your home’s energy efficiency.
Another is making repairs to your roof, which again serves an important function. Don’t forget about replacing the front door and windows, as those can look tired – and older units may be letting heat escape from your house and driving up your bills. Finish it all off with a new paint job – think of it as a finishing touch to your house facelift. Don’t forget to repair any broken elements like sagging eavestroughs or broken light fixtures – these all decrease from the overall impact (and function) of your home.
Extending beyond the house itself, don’t be afraid to invest a bit of money for additional exterior renovations. But don’t just go into a project blindly – choose a company that specializes in design/build, so you get renovations that fit your particular needs while looking great. For example, you may love to cook outside in the summertime, so perhaps you’d like a new interlock brick patio to accommodate your barbecue and several guests. Perhaps you like reading in the fresh air, so designing a bench or seating area in a shaded area might be to your liking. Perhaps you want some concrete areas replaced by gardens, a new deck, or a shed/gazebo added.
A good renovation company will find out more about your lifestyle, and incorporate any of these elements into the final design that best uses your available outdoor space. It makes a big difference when you don’t have to hire a separate company to create plans, with another one performing the work – dealing with one contractor is more cost/time efficient, and it already knows exactly what the end result should look like!
Putting some effort into exterior home makeovers can equal a big return on investment, not to mention a big boost to your home’s curb appeal. Be sure to find a company that can handle interior renovations as well as exterior renovations, so you don’t have to shop around when it’s time to do indoor upgrades.