You might spend most of your time inside the home, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect its exterior. The outside of your home serves an important purposes in terms of home safety, security, and aesthetics. A beautiful exterior and lawn can mean dozens of memories for you and your family. Plus, your property value hinges partly on the state of your home’s exterior. Boost curb appeal and become the shining star in your neighborhood with these outdoor design tips from the pros at Able Roof.
Add a Splash of Color with Indigenous Plants
Home landscaping presents a unique opportunity to use flowers and vegetation to highlight aspects of your home. Your landscape should complement your home’s style and architecture. Investing in your landscape adds immense value and aesthetic appeal to your entire home.
Start with a focal point. This could be a tree, a statue, or a fountain. Base the rest of your landscaping around this feature, so as to make it stand out in a good way. If an architectural feature of your house draws the eye, make this your central landscaping point.
Then, decide on your style of landscape – formal or informal? Formal is most fitting for stately homes, such as manor houses, colonials, and antebellum architecture. Opt for a wilder take on landscaping for more relaxed or modern-style homes.
Next, choose your plants. The best thing you can do for your landscape is to plant indigenous, or native, vegetation. Native plants and flowers will help the ecosystem and thrive in your region. For central Ohio, go for gray dogwood trees, black-eyed Susans, and Virginia creeper. Indigenous plants are typically cheaper than imports. For help choosing native plants, go to a local landscaper.
Light Up Your Landscape
Once you’ve created a beautiful, artistic landscape, enjoy its full potential with outdoor lighting. Install spotlights to highlight your focal point and other key landscaping features. Use path lighting to help visitors make their way to your home. Create a soft mood at outdoor hangout spots like the pool or deck by hiding lights under shrubs and hanging strings of lights from trees. Light up your lovely front stoop to showcase a bold door color or seasonal wreath. The right outdoor lighting can make your landscape look like a piece of art as the sun goes down.
Make Outdoor Living Spaces Shine
When you invest in your porches, decks, patios, pools, and barbecue areas, you get long-term returns. Optimizing your outdoor areas extends your home’s living space. It can add value to your home and allow you to sell for more money in the future – not to mention giving your family the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors without venturing far from home.
Fix up old decks with a fresh coat of paint and new patio furniture. String lights up outside and make it a warm, inviting space for the family to enjoy together. Place potted plants around to add a hint of green!
Pair Outdoor Projects with Home Exterior Improvement
Perhaps the most important thing you can do for your outdoor spaces is to improve your home’s exterior. Your new landscaping and front deck simply won’t shine like they should without a home to match. Pair your outdoor projects with exterior home improvement, such as new siding or a new roof. Nothing can improve the look of your home’s lawn as much as a stunning façade. Here are three elements to focus on:
1. Roof. Replace your roof if it has damaged shingles, bald patches, or unsightly mold growth. A new asphalt or metal roof can be a stunning exterior feature that lasts for decades – not to mention it offers better protection for your home.
2. Siding. New siding is one of the best ways to boost the curb appeal and value of your home. Choose from a variety of beautiful vinyl, aluminum, cedar, stucco, cement, and cultured stone siding options at Able Roof.
3. Windows. Replacing your old windows will not only make your home more comfortable and energy efficient – it will wow from the curb. Gorgeous, crystal-clear windows might be just what you need to top off your outdoor space.
Maintaining the exterior of your home benefits you in several ways – it can increase the resale value of your house, keep your family safe from the elements, and make your home stand out in your neighborhood. It can be the perfect project for you and your family this year.
For more tips on how to improve your outdoor spaces and home’s exterior, contact Able Roof. We’re happy to help you tackle large and small home improvement projects in central Ohio.