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.

Drywall Sheetrock

Sheetrock is a type of drywall used to provide insulation and construct your home’s interior walls and ceilings. The only difference between drywall and “sheetrock” is the types of chemicals used, but drywall and sheetrock are both a type of drywall. If your home is being remodeled, you might think of redoing the drywall. It isn’t the easiest remodeling job, but it is one that makes a significant difference in how your home looks. It is actually easier to tear down the old drywall and replace it with new drywall or sheetrock. Below you will find ideas, costs and tips for installing new drywall in your home.

Project Ideas

The first thing you should do if you plan to install your own sheetrock drywall, is deciding if you will repair what is up now or if you’re starting from scratch. As mentioned earlier, tearing down your damaged drywall and starting from scratch tends to be an easier DIY project. Gather the tools you will need, such as a straight edge rule, sandpaper, mud for the drywall, utility knife, and putty knife. When installing the sheetrock drywall, start in the center and work your way toward the outside of a wall. For the ceiling, pay close attention to the area around your lights or ceiling fans.

Remodeling Considerations

Before starting your remodeling project, there are some things you should know about working with drywall sheetrock. First of all, there are different types of sheetrock to choose from. Each of them will be a varied length, width, thickness and size, so choose your materials wisely. You may want to pay more for coating on the sheetrock that makes it fire-resistant or water-resistant. Building codes in your area should also be looked at before starting this or any other remodeling project. While you are going to be doing this as a DIY project, consulting a contractor about how much you need and the proper materials, is recommended for beginners.


The cost of having sheetrock drywall installed is dependent on whether you do it on your own or hire a contractor to assist you. On average, the materials alone are around $1.80 per square foot. You will also be paying additional costs for equipment delivery, taxes, additional tools and materials, and possibly extra for cleaning up debris. Labor is going to cost more if you decide to have a contractor do it for you. To keep costs low, shop around for the best deals on materials and have some friends help you out, instead of paying for a professional contractor.

Remodeling Central is the hub of remodeling projects. They have tools and resources available for those who want to do this project on their own, or who are looking for labor costs and a list of great contractors. You can also find other tools, like using their cost estimator calculators.