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5 Great Home Exterior Makeovers

5 Great Home Exterior Makeovers

Your home should be your castle, a place where you can relax after a hard day. But, it should also be a personal space where you can express your true personality and feel comfortable.

This is one of the main reasons that most homeowners start remodeling; a desire to make their home their own. However, when you do this the outside of the property is often overlooked. After all, you don’t sit staring at the outside of your home very often!

But, a great looking exterior can inspire you when you get home and will help to maintain the value of your property.

Here are 5 great home exterior makeovers:

1.      Cladding

Cladding is a great way to transform your building. You simply need to take a look at the array of options on offer at CGS Façade to appreciate how it can both personalize and improve the exterior of your home.

Whether you go for traditional wood, vinyl, metal or some other material it will provide you with an additional layer of insulation and help your house to stay warmer in the winter as well as cooler in the summer. This will reduce your energy bills and can even help to offset the cost of your cladding!

2.      Decking

You need an outside space in order to entertain or enjoy the better weather. Decking is one of the best options for this as it is relatively maintenance free and easy to erect. You’ll need as large an area as possible to give room for the table, chairs and some more relaxed seating.

It is also essential to add lights and the ability to provide some shade from the heat of the summer sun. Add some nice balustrades and you’ll have transformed the outside of your home

3.      Landscape

It is very important to look at the flow of your garden and landscape accordingly. You need easy access to any flower beds or outhouses. You’ll also want to tidy your fences and minimize the time you’ll spend maintaining your garden. If you love gardening flower beds and vegetable patches are a good addition. But, if you’re not keen on gardening keep the lines simple and most of the garden as lawn; why make yourself additional work?

4.      Driveways

If you don’t have a driveway but have the space for one then consider adding it. They don’t need to cost a fortune but it is important to check for utilities before you start digging.

A driveway can be as simple as hardcore with gravel on top or you can get the professionals to lay tarmac, concrete, block paving or a variety of other materials.

The driveway should lead towards your front door; inviting you and your guests into your stunning home.

5.      Windows & Doors

Your windows and doors need to have a good clean and, if necessary, be updated. You may be able to repaint the door to transform it or you may prefer to change it for a more contemporary look. Just be sure to keep it in the style of your home.

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Quick and Easy Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for a Perfect Yard

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Quick and Easy Cleaning and Maintenance Tips for a Perfect Yard

 

If you ask people about their least favorite chore, many will say yard cleaning. Indeed, it can be very straining, time-consuming and frustrating, especially if you don’t have a good strategy and the right tools. So, in order to have a quick and easy yard cleaning and maintenance session, here are some useful tips for your plan of action.

Gear up

Before you tackle this cleaning chore, make sure you have all the necessary gear and tools. You absolutely need gardening gloves, trash bags, clippers and shears, rakes, shovels and some protective goggles. Additionally, if you’re doing all this during a hot and sunny day, get some sunscreen and a hat, and prepare plenty of water for refreshment.

Start big

Large pieces of debris and junk (rocks, big branches and damaged furniture) should be removed first to clean out the space for the rest of the cleaning process. However, don’t throw everything away. Rocks can be used as beautiful decorative elements, especially around landscaping or water features.

Trim, trim, trim

Overgrown and sagging branches and bushes never look good. So, make sure to give your greenery a good trim, especially to those that survived a lot of damage. Sheers, handsaws and electric hedge clippers can all get the job done, but if you have some tall trees with thick branches, you might need professional help to avoid causing damage to the plant or your property. Once you finish your trim job, collect branches, clippings and leaves. It would be great to use these greeny leftovers (leaves, cuttings and old foliage) for composting. It’s an easy process that could bring great benefits for your garden in a form of nutritious compost.

Have a junk disposal plan

During your yard cleaning, there will be a lot of things you can no longer use and you must find a proper disposal plan. The best way to get rid of junk is to contact professionals. For instance, Australia has strict rubbish disposal laws that can result in hefty fines if you don’t follow them. Luckily, there are experts in junk removal in Sydney who know all the laws and can take the junk off of your hands quickly and efficiently. These pros remove all the hassle from your junk removal task and can even save you money once you calculate all the expenses of doing the job yourself.

Take care of the lawn

Once you have a clear view of your lawn, it’s time to grab your lawnmower and trim that lawn prairie. The best way to do the mowing is to follow the one-third rule—never cut more than one-third of the blade in one mowing session to ensure the quality of your grass. Additionally, make sure to tackle the lawn when the grass is dry (wet grass will leave an uneven cut, clump up your mower and increase the possibility of slips).

Fertilize

Spring and fall are great times for fertilizing your lawn. People living in colder areas should do it in the fall, while those in hotter climates can apply fertilizer in the spring when the grass starts to grow more actively.

Take it slow

Most people want to finish their cleaning job in one day. However, yard cleaning requires a lot of crouching, stretching to reach branches and picking up heavy items, which can all cause injuries if you overexert yourself. So, make sure to take plenty of breaks that will allow you to recover strength and prevent injury. Breaks are especially important if you’re working on a hot day. Take plenty of water and hide in the shade to prevent overheating.

As you can see, yard cleanup doesn’t have to be hard and time-consuming. As long as you prepare, follow this action plan and take it easy, your yard will look amazing in no time!

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How To Bring More Wildlife Into Your Garden

How To Bring More Wildlife Into Your Garden

 

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Having a garden is having that special somewhere to take a deep breath of that wonderful fresh spring air. There are so many things that you can do to make it your own, by the things you plant, to what you do inside it. You can host regular barbecue parties full of your closest friends and family. Or you could grow your own fruit, vegetables and herbs and live a sustainable life. The options are endless, and that’s part of the fun of having a garden to play around with.

 

But what about making it an animal sanctuary? If you love nature and wildlife, then what better way to show that off than catering your garden to it all?

 

Here’s how you can do just that.

 

Water.

Water is not only a lovely addition to have in your garden for yourself visually, as well as being able to listen to the wonderful sounds it makes as it moves, but a lot of animals will thank you for having it there too. A birdbath allows birds to take a quick break to rehydrate, while having a little wash too. Some squirrels may even come if they’re brave enough. Water also attracts butterflies and dragonflies too, as it’s cooling and fresh in the hotter days, and they show off their stunning patterns of colour that are displayed on their bodies and wings, making it a truly special sight.

 

Trees.  

Trees are a great way to attract more wildlife as they provide shelter for them, as well being a food source too. Take live oak trees as an example. Acorns fall off in the autumn, and there are plenty of small animals that will eat them, like squirrels and birds. They also have the perfect branches to hang feeders on, and even to install owl nesting boxes. Then you can sit back and bird watch as your garden gets visits from species that you may have never seen before.

 

Flowers.

Flowers create pollen, and pollen is needed for the bees in order to feed their colony, but they are also what create us with more beauty as they pollinate other plants for us naturally. You may find things growing in your garden that has a magical colour that you haven’t seen before, and this can all be thanks to your bees. Flowers also create nectar which certain birds feed off, as well as butterflies. Plus, don’t forget that flowers smell divine, and you get to experience that whenever the wind blows, or you skim your hand across them as you walk past. And this stimulates your senses that cause chemicals to release in your brain that make you feel oh so good.

 

So what more are you waiting for? Focus on all these additions and you will see that within no time, your garden is full of so much life. You can then escape away to this safe haven and be at one with the nature and all the animals that reside along with it.

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3 great reasons why you should landscape your yard

3 great reasons why you should landscape your yard

In what state is your yard? Do you enjoy or frown when you look at it? If you are not happy with your yard every time you set your eyes on it, then you are not alone. If you happen to look at the state of your neighbor’s yard, they might be in the same state too. A good yard is very important for a home. Besides complementing the home, it will also increase your property value in future. But the most annoying thing is that most home owners do not take the initiative of making their yard attractive. It is therefore important to sacrifice some time and come up with the best ideas to make your yard the way you would want it to be. It only requires very minimal efforts and landscaping designs to come up with an amazing yard that your home really deserves. Here are the top reasons why you should have Landscaping Company Mandurah take care of your yard.

Health benefits

If you have a beautiful yard, you will always be motivated to go out and enjoy the amazing scenes of flowers, trees and green grass. Every medical practitioner will tell you that spending a good time in such an environment comes with its own benefits. If you spend most of the time at your yard playing with kids or having a good time with friends, your body activities will increase. This is contrary to being indoors all the time watching movies and taking too much snacks. You will be able to put your body on shape and avoid obesity related issues.

Spending more time outdoors will also help ease your moods. If you are bothered by things that can lead to stress, all you need to do is go to a more relaxing environment. But the yard has to be in perfect shape for you to enjoy spending time there. Otherwise, you will be building more stress rather than being relieved of what you already have.

Additionally, planting grass and plants on your yard will help in air purification. You will therefore be guaranteed of staying in an environment that is pollution free and this is very important for your health.

Encourages family time

You may be too committed during the day, giving you very little time to spend with your family. But a landscaped yard will provide a relaxing environment to share some good moments with your family in the evening.

Entertainment

With an amazing yard, you will be the one to host whatever parties that come along. You can then have an outdoor fun with friends in a cool and relaxing environment. All you need to do is compliment your party with amazing lights effectively placed along the flowers and you are good to go.

As much as a lot of people fail to see the importance that comes with landscaping, the best landscapes yard comes with so many benefits that can help both health wise as well as increasing a home’s net worth.

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Simple Ways to Modernise Your Home

Simple Ways to Modernise Your Home

We all get bored of our living space now and again. A new room often means a new you because a change of scenery can be inspiring. It can totally change your mood. When you think about the word ‘modernizing’, many people assume it applies to major changes like renovations and extensions. However, there are lots of simple ways to modernise your space, without having to break the budget. Take a look at these ideas.

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De-clutter

When you have work and a family life, it’s difficult to find the spare time to devote to your home. It’s easier to ignore the clutter and think of it as part of the furniture. Modern design has become more simplistic, so clutter is a big ‘no, no’ if you’re hoping to keep up with the trends. An easy way to modernise is your home is to do a spot of Spring cleaning. It’s time to get cut throat. Throw out anything you don’t need and anything that looks like it needs an upgrade. You may come across more than you’d hoped for during your clean. Don’t panic, follow the link for what’s pest control and get those blighters out of your home.

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Lighting is Everything

There are so many new and creative ways to add lights to your home. If one of your rooms lacks natural light, adding more lighting could be the making of it. One of the best lighting trends at the moment is having lights hang over a dining table. It creates a warm and comfortable atmosphere for guests and can be romantic for partners. If you want to save money on an electrician, you could install the lights yourself.

Change Accessories

Did you know that changing the door handles on your kitchen cupboards can give them an entirely different look? Simple changes can often make the biggest impact. You can do the same to furniture handles and drawer pulls. If you change the theme or colour of a room, you’ll also want to update other accessories to match, like cushions or throws.

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Up-cycle Furniture

Shabby-Chic isn’t going out of style any time soon. The great thing about it is you can do it all by yourself. If you’ve got an old dining table or cabinet you want to update, all you need is a bit of paint. Stick to light colours but have fun with it. It’s surprising how a bit of paint can make something look new. If you want to stay on trend, make your furniture two-toned by leaving some of the original wood unpainted.

Landscaping

Your garden is as much a part of your home as your kitchen. If you’re lucky enough to have a decent sized garden but you have no idea what to do with it, you may want to consider landscaping. You can hire someone to design the garden for you and either you or the same designer can implement the ideas. A well looked after garden can add real character to a home and often a fantastic selling point.

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Fantastic External Features For The Best Looking Home On The Block

Fantastic External Features For The Best Looking Home On The Block

They say curb appeal is all-important when it comes to selling a property. But you don’t need to be selling up to make an effort with the external appearance of your home. It’s good to be house proud. If you’re looking for ways to make your home look more attractive, here are some additions to consider. Your house will be the best-looking home on the block in no time!

Shutters

Shutters have multiple benefits. They don’t just make your home look fabulous. They can also block out light, noise, and cold winds. Go for whitewashed or powder blue shutters for a Mediterranean feel. Or opt for classic solid wood for a more traditional aesthetic.

A conservatory

We often overlook the aesthetic of our homes at the back. Adding a conservatory is a fantastic way to enhance the visual appeal of your back garden, and create additional space. You can choose from all kinds of different designs and styles, and you can use your room any way you want. You could set up a quiet corner to read and chill out. You could use the space to work from home. Or you may wish to try and grow your own plants indoors.

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An eye-catching porch

A porch is a useful addition, and it can also make a massive difference to the look of your home. Go for a vintage style with polished wood balusters. Or opt for something more modern like mahogany finished with stainless steel accessories. Put out some rocking chairs or retro-style deckchairs. Add a small side table and some window boxes to finish the look.

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Fencing

Do you wish your home offered a little more privacy? Are you right on the road? If so, adding a fence may be an option. You can choose fencing of any height, and there is a range of materials on offer. White picket fences are a popular option for older homes. For a modern property, go for dark wood or steel.

Driveway makeover

Is your driveway looking a little bedraggled? Have you got mismatching stone or missing flags? If so, a driveway makeover could make all the difference. Contact some local firms and get some quotes. Have a look at different paving options, and think about the layout. Go for a style that fits in with the age and aesthetic of the property.

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Sometimes, it’s easy to focus on the interiors of your home and assume that there’s not much you can do outside. In reality, it is possible to alter the appearance of your home without planning a major overhaul. Whether you’re thinking of selling, or you fancy a change, take these tips on board. Add a porch or look at ways you can make existing structures more homely and welcoming. Think about putting a fence up at the bottom of the front garden or upgrading your paving. If you’re short on space inside, a conservatory is always a good idea. If you’re keen to keep the cold out and enhance your home’s appearance, why not consider fitting shutters? There’s so much you can do, and even the smallest additions can have an incredible impact.

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