Ideas for Better Backyards and More Curb Appeal
By Emma Joyce
The idea of starting an exterior home remodeling project can be terrifying, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done without stressing out about every step of the way. This process isn’t easy and it demands a lot of planning, but if you do everything on time, you don’t have to worry about spending too much money or falling behind schedule. You’d be surprised how many interesting projects you can do around the house and every single one of them will help you use your backyard more adequately and significantly boost your curb appeal.
Entry doors and windows
Think about your front door as the focal point of your exterior and if it’s in bad shape, you definitely need to replace it. The same goes for your windows – you often have to replace the whole thing, but sometimes just the frame or glass replacement will do. We often don’t notice small scratches or holes that cause a ton of damage and need to be replaced. This will affect the energy efficiency in your house and you need to react on time. Also, having a sturdy door will keep the burglars away and secure your house.
If you want to give your house a new look, nothing is more effective than repainting the exterior and making it nice and clean. You can take a risk with new shades and keep up with the latest trends, but it’s much safer to choose neutral tones that complement every house design. You can hire professionals, yet also save a lot of money if you do these things yourself. This is a cheap project, so you don’t have to worry about finances because you only need some paint, a few brushes and a reliable scaffolding to stay safe while doing the painting. This will allow you to get to those hard-to-reach places and repaint every corner of the house.
Fix the lighting
People mainly focus on the front lighting and forget about other parts of the backyard. Besides having a light source above your front door, place some next to your doormat as well, but do remember to illuminate your driveway and the path leading to your house too. Additionally, if you have a patio or a deck, find some different types of lighting that can be used on lots of different occasions. To make your house really stand out, illuminate your house number or even hang some interesting lanterns in your front yard. For those romantic nights we all love, add a few candles and light them up.
Front yard design
Don’t leave your front yard out of your projects – spend some time thinking how to improve this outdoor area. Since this is the first thing your visitors see, mix the classic green lawn with some interesting colorful flowers: even if gardening isn’t your cup of tea, there are so many types of flowers that require minimal or no maintenance at all. To make everything more unique and special, outline one centerpiece with stones or bricks and it will instantly become more appealing. For a more glamorous look, plant small trees with interesting crowns as these will make your house pop.
Think about a few additions
If you like spending time with your family and friends, your garden is the perfect place for hosting various events during the spring and summer months. Building a barbecue pit is one of the ideas to try on your own – it can be as simple or complex as you want, but it’s probably better to start with a basic barbecue and upgrade it after a while. To round up the cooking area, you can add an outdoor kitchen and do all the food preparation outside without leaving your guests alone. For that extra mile, think about adding a breathtaking showstopper right next to the barbecue: a traditional pizza oven made from wood and bricks!
It’s important to pay attention to the house exterior, fix all the problems and work on boosting the curb appeal. This is important not just when we’re trying to sell our house and earn more money, but for our own sake too, since we all need to improve our surroundings and make them cozier and more welcoming.