Ideas for renovations of the exterior of a house

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Ideas for renovations of the exterior of a house
Exteriors make an impression. (house image by Earl Robbins from

The exterior of your house is the first thing everyone sees. It is something you have to live with. If you are trying to sell the home, it's going to make a big impression on potential buyers. So, consider a few ideas for renovating the exterior of your house to make improvements that will last.

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Painting the exterior of the house is perhaps the most common renovation idea. However, there are several ways to complete this project. Consider painting only part of the home's exterior like the trim, if you are on a budget. If cost is not an issue, redo the entire exterior but change the colour. A light main colour with a darker trim is traditionally used to make the home stand out. Match the trim colour to the shutter colours and use colours that complement each other like green and tan, black and white or red and white. The colours you choose will create a new atmosphere and theme for your home and improve its condition.


Installing vinyl siding is another exterior home renovation option. This cost-effective solution runs between £1,950 to £16,250 depending on the size of your home. Typically, the work is completed by a professional as it is extensive and involves cutting the siding, installing brackets and mounting trim pieces to the home. The siding will last virtually forever and is easy to clean and care for. It improves the appeal of the home to new buyers, as potential new homeowners know they won't have to worry about exterior painting.

Doors and Shutters

Installing new doors, windows and shutters is another exterior idea that improves your home. This option reduces heating costs if the new windows are more efficient. New doors may also be more heat efficient. Start by changing the front door, side doors and garage doors for the biggest impact on your home. Replace all your windows at once, or take a side of the home at a time. Custom fit, double hung, double pane windows are among the most efficient and easiest to clean and use.

Landscaping and Patios

Adding new landscaping is another option for the homeowner. This is also inexpensive when compared to a complete painting or siding job. New shrubs, trees and flowers add colour and life to a lawn. Mulching the beds or installing retaining walls will change the look and shape of your lawn. Patios add additional outdoor space and provide an area for the family to gather during the summer months. Consider them all to make major changes to your home.

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