You deserve to live in a home that you can be proud of. If your exterior is crumbling or it’s been several years since your last home upgrade, it can be hard to find joy in your home’s exterior. It’s understandable if you can’t afford a major renovation project every couple of years, but that shouldn’t mean that you let your house exterior go to ruin.
There are a lot of different ways to upgrade your house exterior: update your roofing, install a new pathway, replace your front door, and many others. If you’re looking for inspiration on how to make your home feel new and improved, here are a few ideas to get you started.
#1. Install a New Pathway
Maybe your current pathway is starting to crumble. Maybe you don’t even have a pathway. Whichever the case, installing a new pathway that leads from guests’ cars to your doorway can add a whole new curb appeal to your home.
There are dozens of walkway ideas to choose from. You can go for a classic cobblestone path, a brilliant red brick path, or even a gravel and stepping stone path. The possibilities are numerous!
No matter what style of home you have, you can design a pathway to perfectly match your home and make your house feel more welcoming.
#2. Replace Your Front Door
If you’re seriously limited budget-wise, replacing your front door is a cheap upgrade that can have a huge impact on the visual appeal of your home. Replacing an old, tattered door with something fresh and new is a great way to make your home look and feel like new.
Brightly colored doors can add a beautiful splash of color to an otherwise plain home. They can also make it easier for guests to find your home when they first come to visit.
A door with a stained glass window can both add privacy and class to the front of your home. You can enjoy the beautiful patterns that shine through with the sun without worrying about people seeing in through the window.
It can also provide privacy when delivery services arrive to drop off a package or a stranger knocks on your door. You’ll still have a door with a window, but they can’t see in so your privacy remains protected.
#3. Update Your Landscaping
Adding some hedges or bushes along your front porch, creating a flower bed, or planting a tree or two in your yard are some great ways to update your landscaping. If you have a green thumb, it can also be a way to show off your skills to the neighbors by growing gorgeous flowers and trimming impressive hedges.
Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can benefit from great landscaping by using artificial turf. Creating an artificial turf allows you to enjoy green grass without the hassle of maintaining it. There are all sorts of ways to landscape artificial turf in an appealing and realistic way, so don’t let your lack of landscaping skills stop you from enjoying a sprawling green yard.
#4. Upgrade Your Roof
Over time, your roof will start to wear out and this will show. While you may not think that your roof is one of the most noticeable aspects of your home, a roof that’s in poor shape sticks out like a sore thumb. Passersby will notice the dilapidation of your roof no matter how impressive your yard is or how fresh your paint is.
Upgrading your roof is important not only for aesthetic reasons but for safety reasons as well. If you let your roof deteriorate, there could be lasting damage to its structure of it which will result in much more expensive repairs. When your roof isn’t maintained, the risk of it falling during a strong storm increases.
It’s important that your roof is well maintained and ready to take on anything that may be thrown at it. Whether you have a strong wind storm or heavy rain, your roof should be able to protect your home from adverse weather conditions. The last thing you want to worry about is a leak during a thunderstorm or a branch breaking through a weak spot in your roof.
By upgrading your roof, you’ll lower the risk of your roof failing in the future and improve the appearance of your home.
#5. Apply Fresh Paint or Stain
The exterior of your house goes through a lot every year. From rain to sun to wind and dirt, there’s a lot that can wear away at the paint or stain on your house’s exterior. With time, it will begin to fade and need to be reapplied.
Not only does fresh paint and stain look better, it also provides a lot of protection for your home. Paint and stain often have mold and mildew resistance which protects the material of your home from being damaged. They will also protect your home from harmful UV exposure.
It’s important to apply a new layer of paint or stain every few years to ensure that your home is well protected from the elements. Fresh paint and stain also improve the appearance of your home and will help it look appealing to your neighbors and those that are just passing by, giving you something to be proud of.
Upgrading Your Home Exterior is Easy
By making just a few upgrades every few years, you can maintain your home’s appearance and keep it from ever looking old or run down. Some upgrades will cost more, but these are often more important, like upgrading your roof. While it can be an aesthetic decision, it’s also important for safety and needs to be done so you can rest assured that you’re protected from the elements.
In most cases, you won’t be hard-pressed to find a professional contractor to take care of any home upgrade you have in mind. Not only does hiring a professional save you time, it also ensures that you get the best results and the upgrade is completed safely.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.