When it comes to your home, first impressions last. Even if you are not planning to sell your house, your facade says so much about you. A messy lawn could make your guests think that you’re not tidy on the inside, too.
Investing in your outdoor space can bring a positive change to your home. It can bring style, personality, and a great first impression. It does not have to be that expensive, too. Here are things to explore for your next outdoor upgrade.
1. Paint the outside of your house
If you want your home to make a good impression, the best way is to make it look sharper. An exterior paint job can help improve your home’s overall appeal. If your home is fairly new, an exterior pressure wash may be more appropriate. But if you feel like your home needs a fresh coat of color, go for a paint job.
Painting your exteriors can protect your home from damages. It can also prevent your wood from rotting, which can cost more in the long run. Painting can also prevent damage from reappearing in the future.
2. Change (or paint) your front door
A different door can make a big impact on your exterior’s new look. It can lighten up your facade and bring more focus to your home’s architecture. For some homes, painting the door to a different or a “statement” color will do.
3. Build a wall or a fence that will complement your lawn
While it is great to have an open lawn, it would be safer to have a fence or a wall around your home. This can help maintain a sense of privacy in your home. If you have kids at home, building a wall or a fence will allow them to play on your lawn safely. This works for pets, too.
Choose a fence or a segmental retaining wall that will work well with the design of your home. While you’re at it, you can add a green wall, too. Green walls work best in tight spaces because you can use the fence to plant perennials or herbs for cooking. It is both aesthetically pleasing and practical.
4. Hang window boxes
Window boxes are charming, but they should not be left empty. As you add more greenery to your home, consider giving your window boxes an overhaul. These can look like a great architectural feature, and they won’t cause much.
5. Add more greenery into your outdoor space
The presence of nature in your home can help alleviate stress and can make you feel more at ease. Plant a new tree or add more plants to your lawn. Invest in region-appropriate and low-maintenance landscaping for your home.
Think about why you want to plant trees. Trees are great for clearing the air quality in your home. Some want to add more shade during the summer months, while others want their own fruit produce. Whatever your reason may be, you will never go wrong about adding these to your yard. You can also add ornamentals and succulents that are timeless. If you’re doing it for the first time, it would be best to seek the help of professional landscape and garden designers.
6. Install automatic irrigation systems on your lawn for better maintenance
Having a well-maintained lawn takes a lot of work, and you may not have enough time to check on your lawn from time to time. An automatic irrigation system can help you maintain your lawn without you having to do much work. This can also help protect your outdoor investment.
7. If your space allows, add an exterior kitchen and dining area
A great way to appreciate your newly-renovated exteriors is to spend time with family outdoors. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, indoor gatherings have been discouraged. Hence, it is the perfect time to add an exterior kitchen and dining area so you can have guests over at home. You can put bars, countertops, and other amenities.
8. Upgrade your driveway
You may not pay much attention to your driveway, but changing it up can make a lot of difference to your home’s overall look. Making sure that the improvements match the style of your home can add to its appeal. You can choose between stained concrete, brick, and masonry for a durable and good-looking driveway.
9. Take time to change your roof
You may not notice your roof that much, but a mismatched roof can bring unwanted attention. When choosing a roof, make sure that it goes well with the rest of your home. Pick a hue and material that can complement your upgraded landscape. It is best to go with neutrals, but if you want a more stylish look for your roof, consult a roof designer or expert about it.
You don’t have to do all nine changes to improve your home’s exterior. Prioritize what needs to be done. An upgrade does not have to be expensive. And when you’re in doubt, consult a professional.