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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.

Exterior Electrical & Wiring


Exterior electrical wiring tends to be far more complicated in comparison to interior wiring. There are codes that need to be followed when installing receptacles, fittings, outdoor switches, and box extenders. A variety of tools are necessary for installing outdoor wiring as well. If you have any type of plans to work on the wiring of your home or even around your home, you are going to need to get a permit to allow you to do so. The permit indicates that you have consulted a professional and have permission to work on the wiring within your personal area. However, this is generally only if you plan on selling your home in the future. If you want to upgrade your wiring, you can do this on your own without a permit, but at your own risk. It's always recommended to talk to a professional about any possible issues or concerns before you start installing wiring on your own.

Local Codes

There are local, state, and federal building codes that homeowners need to understand before they start pursuing an electrical wiring project. Individuals should contact the municipal building inspector to determine the requirements for outdoor wiring in their homes, especially if they don't know what kind of wiring they may need. Retailers typically service multiple communities with different code variations and it may not be specific to the area that the individual is intending the work for. Therefore, it's a good idea to ask if the local code permits the use of UF or TW wire and conduit.

Tools

You will need some specific tools when you are working with outdoor electrical wires and their fixtures. Although it depends on what you want to install, in general, you are going to need cable wire for exterior usage, outdoor receptacles, outdoor switches, LB fittings, tiling spades, an electric drill, box extenders, masonry bills, lineman pliers, wire strippers, electrician's tape, wire nuts, and a few other items. Exterior wiring is different from interior wiring because water and dampness are involved.

Ground Fault Interruption

Ground fault interrupters will need to be installed with the wiring. These are a requirement by the National Electrical Code in outdoor areas. A ground fault interrupter is an electronic device that helps the circuit breaker or fuse box. The device electronically compares the amps flowing through the hot wire to the amps that are flowing through the neutral wire. If the circuit is not leaking current, the amps will be equal; if there is a difference, the device will alert the loss of current and will automatically cut off the power, which can save someone's life in the long run.

Ultimately, although anyone can install exterior wiring, it's important to ensure that you are well-educated and informed about proper installation methods. In the majority of these cases, it's always best to have a professional work on your electrical wiring in order to ensure that everything meets the code requirements and that the wiring is installed correctly. Doing so can provide the best results and prevent any possible injuries.