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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 House Painting


Drips tend to be some of the most common problems with exterior paint jobs. Although a badly performed paint job may look decent from far away, the issues are easily visible up close. It's hard not to rush in some circumstances when painting the exteriors of properties, especially after construction. However, taking that extra time to ensure that the job is completely correctly can truly determine whether or not the paint job is going to be a long lasting, quality result.

Removing Old Paint

Chances are that if you live in an older home, the exterior of your home may have several coats of paint with lead present. Mechanized paint shavers can make the process easier if you have to remove the paint from the entire exterior of your home. You can purchase these items at a home improvement store in your area. It's a good idea to set up a tarp on the ground so that you can catch the debris as it falls down from the exterior of your home. You may also need a heat gun to help apply the heat to the old paint in order to peel it off easier. Like most construction projects, you should always remember to wear respiratory gear such as a respirator with vapor cartridges. When the wood is finally bare, you can patch any of the missing post corners or holes with a wood epoxy and then sand down the rough patches that have been created by the shaver.

Mold

Underneath the old paint, you may find that there is a lot of mold, dirt, mildew, and bacteria. Generally speaking, the best way to get rid of these issues is to rent a sprayer or to hire a professional to spay trisodium phosphate, bleach, and water on the exterior instead. Once everything is sprayed, scrubbing the exterior with a stiff-bristled long handled brush can help to ensure that you remove all of the mold and mildew before you start working on applying the new paint instead.

Coating

Before you start painting, you need to have a paintable water-repellent preservative which will help to make the paint last  longer. You can find these products in the store. It's important that you find a water repellent that is technically still paintable. The repellent will act like a wax and will keep the wood from shrinking or swelling when there is a large amount of moisture. The preservative will also help by killing mildew, which tends to grow in the top paint layer and ruin the overall look of the paint.

Painting

You should always use primer before you start painting. The primer allows for all of the color to come out within the paint. You should brush the primer on the exterior and then start painting. Ensure that you have used blue painter's tape around the corners and fixtures so that you will only be painting the areas that are necessary. For a large house, it can take up to two weeks to finish a typical paint job with a four man crew.

When you understand these basics associated with painting, it will be easier for you to handle the responsibility of painting the exterior of your home. If you have any questions, you can ask a representative at your local home improvement store for more information or for further guidance.