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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.

Window Glass Replacement


If you need to replace the windows in your home, you probably can leave the frame and only replace the glass. It takes a special technique to replace them as a DIY project, but very possible to learn to do yourself. Not only does window glass replacement help you get new windows when yours are cracked, but you can get a whole new look and even choose from the newer, energy efficient glass windows. Here is some important information that helps you to choose a type of window glass and determine if this is something you want to handle on your own, or hire a professional to do.

Project Ideas

Window glass replacement will require selecting the type of glass you want, cutting it or having it cut for you, removing the old glass and installing the new one. You will want to look closely at the window frame to decide if it needs to be repaired. It is possible your window cracked because the frame is failing. If so, remove the window and frame and install them both. The easiest way to remove a window is by using a pry bar. Prep the window frame by sanding it down and measuring the new window glass exactly. Silicone caulking is needed when installing the new glass.

Remodeling Considerations

As with all remodeling projects, there are some things you should consider before deciding if you will do it yourself or hire a professional contractor. First of all, if you have more than one window to be repaired or replaced, hiring contractor can save you a good deal of money and time. The type of window might also make it more difficult and lead you to the decision of hiring a contractor. You can even lose money if you attempt more difficult window glass replacement jobs yourself and make an error, which then needs to be fixed.

Costs

The cost of replacing your window depends on if you are cutting the glass yourself, having it cut for you, or paying a contractor to install the new window. It will also cost more if you’re going to need to repair or replace the window frame as well. On average, each window replacement will cost about $300 including the glass and necessary materials. To save money on this DIY project, find discounted glass and cut it yourself, but be careful and get exact measurements.

One of the biggest decisions with window glass replacement is if you’re just replacing the window or the frame as well. If the frame needs to be replaced, you might want to consult a contractor as it is significantly more work involved. Either way, Remodeling Central helps you with determining the approximate costs, financing the project and finding professional help.