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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 Painting


When it comes to upgrading your home, painting the exterior is often top of the list. The outside of your home can go from drab to spectacular with a good paint job. When painting the outside of your home, it all comes down to the color of paint and which quality you go with. By doing it yourself, you save a good deal of money, but remember to learn the different tips and techniques for this do-it-yourself (DIY project). It can also be a lot of fun if you get friends or family together to paint your home. Depending on your experience and size of home, it is a job you can finish in a weekend if you’re up to the task, but you may want to give yourself a bit more time.

Project Ideas

Before starting your exterior painting project, make sure the walls are clean. It is easy for outdoor walls to get dirty, from dust, debris, and vegetative matter. You should use a stiff brush to remove dirt, loose paint and matter from the walls. A pressure washer will clean the surface after removing any dirt or debris. After cleaning the walls, you can start the fun part of choosing a color scheme for the walls. Then you need to purchase the right tools. While these may get costly, keep in mind it is significantly less than paying someone to do it for you, plus you get the experience of painting your own home. Avoid painting your home in direct sunlight as the paint dries too fast.

Remodeling Considerations

There are some things you need to consider before attempting to paint the exterior of your home. If you belong to an Homeowner’s Association (HOA), you will need to look at the rules for painting your home. This may limit the color you can choose. Do a little research beforehand on quality exterior paints, including the grade and brand of paint you use. Try to keep the number of colors on the outside of your home to two colors, unless your home’s style calls for three. A good rule of thumb is to with the number of colors that exists on your home now. Also, remember to make any necessary repairs to the foundation, frame work or other parts of your home, before you start painting it.

Costs

In 2013, the average cost for painting the exterior of your home on your own is about $1.50 per square foot. The brand of paint you get, how much you need, the materials you have to buy and if any repairs need to be done, all change the price of painting your home. If you have never painted before, you might want to hire part-time contractors to assist you, even if they don’t handle the entire job on their own. If you decide to use a cost estimator calculator, get the approximate square footage of your home first.

Painting the outside of your home is sometimes a pricey project, but one that is much easier when you hire someone to do it for you. The fun part is when you get to choose the paint colors and change how your home looks from the outside. Use Remodeling Central for access to helpful tools and resources for your exterior painting project.