5 Summer Inspired Exterior Renovation Projects to get a Jumpstart on Now
If you’ve had exterior renovations on the mind lately, you’re not alone. Millions of people across the country are itching to get a jumpstart on new exterior projects for their homes. Thankfully, spring is the perfect time to get ahead of the curve on your summer renovations. If you want to get started on some new exterior renovations projects right now, here are a few summer-inspired ideas to get the juices flowing.
A pergola is like a less complicated version of a gazebo or a patio. Though you can outfit yours with a variety of additions like electric louvers, vines, and a roof, a basic pergola should suit you just fine this summer.
A pergola is essentially a pavilion without a roof. Four beams support a horizontal lattice-work of smaller beams and stringers. The roof is usually made up of these stringers, which are laid criss-cross over each other and allow the sun and the elements to get through.
There are many types of pergolas, however, including ones made from stone, concrete, plastic, and more. Say you want to build your own vinyl pergola, for instance. Many places offer pergola kits that come unassembled. A pergola adds character and as much functionality as you want it to, making it the perfect exterior project to complete before summer.
2. New Windows
Installing new windows can freshen up your exterior aesthetic and improve energy efficiency as well. One idea that’s popular right now is the installation of magnetic storm windows, which are held in place by a strong magnetic pull and perfect for standing up to harsh summer storms.
Another option is to replace your old windows with new double hung vinyl windows. These windows look great and open from both the top and the bottom, giving you flexibility with how you use them.
3. Fresh Shutters
This one is overlooked a lot but a fresh set of board and batten shutters is a huge upgrade over old, damaged ones. Especially if you’re combining your new shutters with a new set of windows as well, you can really accentuate the effect and give your home’s exterior a makeover without having to invest much.
4. New Siding
Nothing ruins your curb appeal like damaged, worn-out siding. Before summer comes around, make sure to install some new siding. There are tons of options to go with here, but you’ll want to pick something that goes well with the other features of your house like door frames, window frames, shutters, soffit, and your roof.
Sticking with the vinyl theme, dutch lap vinyl siding would make an excellent choice for many homes. Available in plenty of different colors, this siding is durable, affordable, and incredibly stylish.
5. A New Driveway
Driveways take a ton of abuse, especially during summer. Whether you have a gravel, asphalt, or slag driveway, consider replacing it right now with a permeable paver driveway. Permeable plastic pavers are super durable and require almost no maintenance once they’ve been installed.
Most driveways can be completed in a single day as well, thanks to the simplistic installation process. Not only are permeable plastic pavers eco-friendly, but they’re also far more durable than asphalt or concrete and afford you much more variety when it comes to the color and look of your driveway.
They also prevent driveway flooding and erosion, contributing to the overall cost-effectiveness of this exterior renovation project.
Don’t Put these Renovation Projects Off Any Longer
If you want your home’s exterior to look great this summer, you need to get started on your renovation projects right now. By opting for new windows, new shutters, new siding, a pergola, and/or a new driveway this spring, you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy your handiwork all summer long.
Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.