The exterior of your home matters just as much, if not more, as the interior — your roof alone represents 40% of the visual exterior of the house. This is why it’s important to make sure the exterior of your home is not only in good condition, but it’s unique, too. So if you’re looking for a few simple DIY projects that will improve your outdoor areas significantly, then keep reading.
It’s always great to get outside and enjoy some fresh air, especially with contaminants and air pollutants being re-circulated throughout your home five to seven times each day. This is why it can be a good idea to create an outdoor living room on your patio, deck, or just in your backyard. Just be sure that your gutters divert water away from this area by at least 10 feet. Buy some comfortable seating, a small table, and some lights to put together a space outside you can truly enjoy. This project will allow you to utilize your outdoor area more and it’s perfect for entertaining. You can even invest in a cover so you can still sit outside even in the rain.
If you have either a front or back porch, adding some curtains can really elevate the area. Not only can you utilize the curtains if you want some privacy, but they will make your home look even better. You can match the curtain color to the porch for a simple look or consider going a bit more colorful for a bolder look — you can choose curtains that match or are similar to your shutters for a bold but cohesive style. Once the porch curtains are installed, hang some lights to go with them and you will completely transform your porch area.
Did you know that even some simple landscaping can increase your home’s resale value by up to 14%? No matter if you have a big or small outdoor area, a bit of landscaping, like planting some flowers and adding a rock pathway, can go a long way. If you already have landscaping done, you should consider adding some landscape lighting. Solar lights, twinkle lights, or even color-changing lights can improve your landscaping — lighting can add security, aesthetics, and allow you to enjoy your outdoor area even in the dark.
Your front door is often one of the first things people see when they come to your house. With that in mind, your front door should be in good condition and welcoming. If you haven’t re-painted your front door in a while, now is a great time to do so. Consider choosing a bright color for a cheerful welcome. Along with a fresh coat of paint, you can add some new trim around the door. And, of course, don’t forget decor — a nice seasonal wreath, a fun doormat, and some plants on either side of the door can make a big difference in the door’s appearance.
All of these projects are fairly simple but they’ll help improve your home. So if you’re looking for something to do this week, consider tackling one of these fun DIY home improvement projects.