Smart Renovations to Elevate Your Exterior Design

A recent survey found that 82% of homeowners are more interested in updating their outdoor living spaces in 2021, than they were in prior years. Whether that means a complete exterior renovation, or DIY projects on weekends, we have everything you need to get started in The Outdoor Living issue of LiveAbode.

Modern Renovations That Completely Transform Your Outdoor Living Space

No matter where you live, there simply isn’t a better time to renovate your outdoor living space than summer. Upgrading your vinyl siding, replacing that old decking, or updating your porch columns can breathe new life into your home exterior while making your layout more functional. Check out these modern renovations that will totally revive your outdoor living space.

Rework Your Foundation With Premium Decking

It may be time to reconceptualize your entire layout with a brand-new ZuriⓇ Premium deck. Decking allows you to completely reimagine your backyard design. With the look of exotic hardwood, Zuri Premium Decking is compatible with nearly any modern or traditional style and allows you to adjust your look every few years without starting over completely.

You can create a seamless indoor-outdoor transition that extends to multiple rooms or floors. Mix and match color options, or add a creative inlay to your design. What is the best color for decks? Popular Zuri wood grain colors include Hickory, Weathered Gray, Brazilian, Pecan, Chestnut, and Walnut. Zuri will also maintain its beauty in any climate since it’s resistant to moisture and UV fading over time.

Add Highlights to Your Surroundings

What separates a memorable renovation from a mediocre one is not the large-scale projects. Instead, it’s the fine details that homeowners often overlook. Take a closer look at your surroundings and find ways to spruce up eyesores or decorate your otherwise utilitarian hardscape or landscape areas.

Fencing, natural barriers, and ornate distractions can cover fixtures or areas of your yard that you may find less appealing. Consider highlighting your porch or deck with decorative plants. Something as simple as a garden hose will look far better on a designer spool that matches your trim, than lying on the grass.

Clad Your Columns With Column Wraps

Columns add character to your porch. But what happens when your columns turn into a character flaw? The solution is PVC column wraps. Wraps are easy to install and can fit around your existing column. Simply affix the clamshell PVC wrap around the column, glue and add caps and bases for a professional finish.

Choose from a variety of finishes and styles that allow you to create the look you want. Column wraps are also weather- and insect-proof and can be painted with PVC approved paint.

Energize Your Windows With New Shutters

Shutters are a simple and cost-effective way to enhance your home exterior. Shutters come in an endless array of colors, dimensions, and textures to suit any taste. You can explore everything from traditional louvered and raised panels to tropical Bahama and rustic board and batten shutters.

What’s the best shutter style for your home? Match your window shutters to your home base by considering basic elements, like exterior surface (siding, brick, etc.), window size, exterior color, and overall layout. Remember, shutters should be able to cover your windows and appear to be usable if they are non-operational. So add function and durability to your essentials list if you actually plan to use them.

Give Your Home a Total Siding Makeover

Few home improvement projects amplify the appeal and performance of your home like brand-new vinyl siding. With an average ROI of over 80%, installing new siding is one of the smartest ways to improve your home’s value and efficiency. Today, products offer a broad spectrum of innovative materials and designs, as well as timeless classics.

A siding renovation is an investment, so when choosing a product, keep the long game in mind. Think about durability, efficiency, materials, warranties, and the possibility of creating a timeless look that survives home trends. Materials like cellular composite, vinyl, and aluminum siding rank as some of the best siding options on the market for value and performance, and offer enough variety to match your preferences.

Start Small With a Simple DIY Project

If shutters, siding, and decks feel a bit overwhelming, you can always start your home improvement journey with a smaller DIY project and work your way up. There are lots of project ideas that can spark your creativity and help you cast your vision for your outdoor living space. Think about subtle accents like lighting, trim, seating, or even a play area for your children. A backyard bird box or flower box can do wonders for your living space. If you do decide to go with a larger project like shutters, you can always create a simple design and build them yourself.

Visualize your new home renovation today using Royal Building Product’s digital design tools.

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