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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.

Sprinkler Repair


Sprinklers provide a valuable feature in your yard by watering your lawn and plants for you on an automatic timer. Unfortunately no sprinkler system lasts forever, and repairs or maintenance will be required at some point. Some repair jobs are minimal and can be done in an hour, while others are more extensive and might require a professional who has experience fixing sprinklers. Not only is it inconvenient when a sprinkler stops watering your lawn, but it can leak water, wasting gallons of water in a short period of time. Here are some things to know about this DIY project and learning the different sprinkler repair techniques.

Project Ideas

If you intend to repair your own sprinklers, you will first need to identify the issue. It is often due to a broken sprinkler line or possibly broken sprinkler head. Before making repairs, turn off the water source for the sprinklers; this stops you from wasting water until the repair is complete. Next, figure out exactly what the problem is. This is often the most difficult and time consuming part of sprinkler repair. Even if you fix it yourself to save money, you might want to consult a professional to help you figure out what needs to be done. Broken sprinkler lines often occur after a major storm. Other than these repairs, you might also need to replace the filter screen, which is one of the easiest things to do yourself.

Remodeling Considerations

Before you start installing a sprinkler system or completing a sprinkler repair, keep some things in mind. First, you may need to winterize your pipes if you live in a climate with colder temperatures. This is going to add to the cost and labor of repairing your sprinklers. You may also have spots of your yard where the sprinkler isn’t reaching – this is often due to a blockage in the sprinkler pipe, and that needs to be addressed. Finally, consider zoning issues before you install a new sprinkler system.

Costs

The average cost for doing your own sprinkler repair is $360 and upwards of $600 when you pay someone to repair it for you. The costs vary widely based on the materials needed, if you already have the tools, and exactly what repair work needs to be done. Expect to pay $1,000 or more for major repair work, due to replacing much of the sprinkler system elements.

If you can learn to do sprinkler repair yourself, you will gain the skills to repair your sprinkler system every time it needs to be done. This saves you money as you are only buying the tools and supplies the first time. However, there is nothing wrong with hiring a contractor to repair it for you. Remodeling Central can help you with that, along with financing options.