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.

Fencing Wood

Wood fences can add a beautiful aesthetic to almost any home. There are a variety of different fencing styles that you can accomplish with your wooden posts. From privacy fences to white picket fences, the options are endless based on the color, style, and function that you want to use your fence for. There are some tricks and tips to setting up a wooden fence, however.


When you set up a wooden fence, you will want to set the fence posts about six to eight feet apart. The spacing of the posts depends on the type of fence that you will be building, as well as the terrain. If you have a purpose for the fence, such as a privacy fence, then the posts are going to be spaced somewhat differently. You should set the corner and end post first and then stretch a line from each corner to help align all the posts that are in between this area. Drive a stake ever six to eight feet wherever you are placing a post and near the hole where you have dug for the post. It's important to take the time to measure and position every post accurately. The appearance and the structure of your fence is going to depend upon these measurements. Positioning the fence posts will determine much of how your fence will be set up when it is finished.

When you start the process of building your fence, set all of the wood fence posts about a third of their total length inside of the ground. The corner posts should be buried into the ground very well. If there are any other posts that are carrying heavy weight, then make sure that they are deep within the ground also. You should pack the posts in with dirt or concrete. In either case, it's important to remember to place two to four shovels full of gravel in the bottom of each hole before the post is placed into its final position.


Generally speaking, the cost of a wooden fence is going to run around $300 and beyond. This is dependent on the size of the area where you will be installing the fence and also the type of wood that you have chosen. You may also want to consider how many posts you will be using to create the fence; privacy fences need double the posts that are normal for traditional wooden fences.


Ultimately, having a fence can be a useful and important aspect when you are adding those finishing touches to your home. Some people use a fence purely for the aesthetic associated with it, though there are many people who use fences to because it serves a purpose, such as providing more privacy in areas where it is most needed. If you would like to learn more about wood fences or the other fencing options that are available, you may want to check out some of the related topics and resources available here on the site for more information.