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.

Roofing Metal

There are a variety of types of roofing, each of which having benefits and drawbacks. One of the varieties you can choose is metal roofing. A metal roof is very durable and appropriate for all different climates and weather conditions. It is also one of the most affordable options, and even something you can install on your own. If you’re remodeling your home and need a new roof, consider a metal roof. Many homeowners with some helping hands can successfully get a metal roof up in a weekend. You will need to take proper measurements and have all the necessary tools and materials before you get started.

Project Ideas

Gather all your tools and materials before attempting to install the metal roof yourself. Make sure you know exactly how to install it and get measurements. You may also want to figure out the costs of installing it yourself versus having a contractor install it; this lets you decide if you want to have it done for you or you are willing to do this as part of a DIY remodeling project. Always make sure you are safe on the roof, as it can be a dangerous remodeling project. Install your anchor immediately after getting on the roof, just in case. You may also need to repair the wood on your roof or frame after pulling off the current roof and before installing the metal slats.

Remodeling Considerations

Before you start purchasing the necessary materials, tools and supplies, decide if installing the metal roofing is something you want to do on your own. Once that decision is out of the way, you can start measuring, planning and choosing the right materials. There are many different variations with the designs of your roof, which can make an impact on the quality and overall look of the roof. If you’re still on the fence about choosing metal as your roofing material, consider the fact that it can last up to 60 years with proper maintenance.


The costs of installing a metal roof depend on the size of your home and how much you pay for materials. On average, a basic roofing job is about $5.15 per square foot, $5.80 for better quality materials, and almost $6.50 for the best quality materials. It is not uncommon to pay $5,000 or more for the final costs, including labor if you decide to get it done on your own. The benefit of having it done professionally is that you avoid issues that may end up costing you even more money, and not having to purchase the necessary tools and materials. If you are flexible with your schedule and materials used, you can get it installed for less money.

As you can see, there are many benefits to choosing metal as your roofing material. When your roof needs to be replaced, it is a great time to switch the materials. If you are choosing metal roofing, look around the Remodeling Central site for tools, like figuring out the costs and deciding what materials and tools you will need for the project.