Exterior Projects

The first thing everyone sees is the exterior of your home. Through landscape design, siding, roofing, decorative accents and other curb appeal, upgrade your exteriors with latest ideas from those who work in the home design industry. There are incredible new technologies and color theories that can add a brilliant new look to your home's exterior. The front of your home isn't the only thing that people look at. Backyards and gardens are just the beginning for your outdoor renovation project. You can create the perfect outdoor scene for parties, entertainment, family gatherings and barbecues. Hot tubs and swimming pools aren't the only way to add an exciting outdoor oasis. Whether you want to add an outdoor entertainment area, new landscape or even a greenhouse, your exterior projects can define how your exterior flows with your home and define you as a creator and designer.

One of the biggest DIY remodeling projects is a backyard deck. These wooden structures do not have to be so traditional. You can create decks from wrought iron, wood, and even glass. Decks are perfect for creating a flow from your interior to exterior, placing a hot tub, or a safe passage to an above ground pool. These structures are also amazing for picture perfect views. Decks can overlook lakes, pools, and beautifully landscaped gardens.

Changing an exterior is an intensive project. You have to provide for structural defects and weather damage. You also want to make sure that you are choosing durable furniture, ready to outlast constant sun and rain exposure. The typical outdoor areas can still require the help of an architect to plan and direct the outdoor space that you have to work with. You may also have to change your interiors to create a better flow throughout your home. For example, if you're adding a sunroom or screened porch area, you may want to tear down a wall to make it more open and provide space to install stairs. From green landscapes and hot tubs to flower gardens and luxurious pools, your exterior designs can really improve the value and beauty of your home.


Awnings and canopies both provide exceptional benefits to the outside of your home. An awning is attached to your home or building, while the canopy is usually freestanding. Each one can make a big difference in look and feel of your home, offering you benefits like extra shade and a nice decoration element to your back or side yard. Awnings and canopies are the same in their materials, including being durable and protecting you from bad weather. With an awning or canopy, you are still able to enjoy the outdoors, regardless of what the weather is like.

Project Ideas

If you want to install an awning or canopy yourself, it can be a fun project and one that is relatively easy to do. Start by looking for home décor books to get some inspiration. This is a great start to any remodeling project, as it gives you ideas to go off of, and even leads to your own creative input. Consider the style of your home when choosing the right awning and get proper measurements before purchasing the materials. There are different sizes of awnings, so consider the side of your patio or yard area and how large of an awning you want to install.

Remodeling Considerations

The two basic materials you have to choose from for your awnings are metal or canvas. If you’re considered most about cost, canvas is going to be ideal. Of course, while it is durable, it isn’t quite as long-lasting as metal. Canvas does have the benefit of more colors, patterns and sizes. Retractable awnings are another popular choice as you choose whether to have them extended out or not, and you choose whether it is automatic (motorized) or a manual retractable awning you roll up yourself.

Remember, there are ready made options available as well. The considerations to these ready made and ready to install options, such as retractable awnings, may vary depending on your house structure. For example, you will need solid construction to install the awning and wall studs should be located in secure stable locations. If you are unsure if the ready to install option would fit within your building specifications, contact a local dealer or have a construction and remodeling expert help with the initial estimate.


When it comes to the cost of your awning or canopy, it depends on a number of factors. You will be factoring in the type of awning or canopy, materials and tools if you don’t already have them at home, and additional costs if you decide to have them done for you. Awnings and canopies range in price from $200 to over $2,000, so you can see this is a major difference in costs. However, for labor it would be an additional fee, so by learning to do it yourself, you’re getting the satisfaction of a project you have done yourself, and saving around 50 percent of the costs.

To get started on your project, it is helpful to use tools, like those offered at Remodeling Central. Here, you get access to calculators to price your remodeling project, find out what materials are needed, and get access to creative ideas for projects like installing a new awning or canopy. You can even get advice on financing your remodeling project if that is something you’re looking for.