Projects that improve the appearance and beauty of your home can raise its value. There are many home improvements you can make on your own, without help from a contractor. The following five home improvements can be performed by a capable, confident DIYer.
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If you’re not sure which ones to try for yourself, start with something relatively simple, like painting your entry door. This home improvement can be done in a day and requires no special skill – just a paintbrush, a good attitude, and a little time.
If you’re looking for a slightly more involved (and more rewarding!) home improvement, try transforming your porch or patio with an enclosure. You’ll increase the usable space in your house, and also make your porch or patio more functional. See below, our DIY projects to make your home a beautiful place to spend time.
Painting Entry Door
Your home’s entry door is what guests and visitors see when they first arrive. A well-painted, beautiful exterior door can improve the look of your home and make your property more inviting. Choosing a color for your entry door can be a challenge. Some homeowners select a bright color like yellow or even pink, while other homeowners want a neutral color that will blend with their house.
Either way, it’s important to choose an exterior grade gloss or semi-gloss paint. This type of paint can withstand exposure to the elements and can also help protect your door from moisture and precipitation.
Transforming Your Porch or Patio with Sunroom Exterior
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Your porch or patio is probably only usable a few months out of the year when the weather is warmest. You can make these outdoor spaces more functional by enclosing them with a patio or porch enclosure. By enclosing your porch, you can create a space where you can work from home, have a child’s birthday, create a sunroom, and more.
This DIY sunroom option isn’t the only way to create a sunroom in your home – you can also install a garage door screen to close off your garage from the elements while allowing a breeze to enter.
Raised Landscaping Beds or Boxes
Raised landscaping beds and garden boxes are less susceptible to developing weeds. They also drain well, which is good for plants. If you would like to grow perennials, annuals, or vegetables, installing raised landscaping beds or boxes can make that possible.
Create your own with boards made of cedar, or buy raised landscaping beds or boxes from a company that makes landscaping beds professionally. When you fill the boxes or beds, fill them with good soil with lots of organic material to give your plants the best possible chance at a successful life.
Power washing (sometimes called pressure washing) is a way that you can make your home cleaner and more attractive. Power washing increases curb appeal and also can help eliminate things like mold, mildew, and moss from your home’s sidewalks and pathways, siding, and more. You can rent a power washer from a home improvement center or hardware store.
Any power washer you use should include instructions. Follow the power washer instructions (and safety rules) carefully. A power washer used improperly can be a safety hazard and can also do damage to parts of your home if too much pressure is used. You can use a power washer to clean your driveway, walkways, home’s exterior, deck, and more. A power washer can also be a useful tool before you paint your home’s exterior.
Landscaping and Xeriscaping Updates
New landscaping can improve the look of your home. If you’re looking for a way to make your home’s landscaping more impressive without taking a lot of time, plant some colorful annuals. This is a smart choice if you’re planning to sell your home soon, and are simply seeking a way to boost curb appeal fast.
If you’re looking for a way to improve the look of your house over the long term, try making a more permanent investment in your home’s landscaping. Do some research to find the best perennials for your property, then plant those perennials. Use mulch to cover the ground and create a uniform cover between plants and shrubs. Mulch also helps cut back on weed growth and shades the soil so that your plant’s roots stay cool.
Want to save water? Try xeriscaping. Xeriscaping is a way of landscaping with plants that require little water to survive. Some people xeriscape with native plants that require little supplemental water throughout the growing season. Other people install xeriscaping with cacti because they need little water throughout the year. Still more people install hardscaping because it doesn’t need watering at all.
If you’re feeling in over your head with landscaping options, consider talking to a professional landscaper to learn more about how you can improve your home’s landscaping today.
Enjoy DIY Home Exterior Design
DIY home exterior design can be enjoyable and also rewarding. Get started on your home improvement projects to raise the value of your home and improve the quality of life on your property.