If you are remodeling your home, remember that every aspect of your home’s exterior makes a difference in both quality and curb appeal. The windows, the trim, the roof, and the siding all contribute to your home’s market value, making it important to put careful thought and consideration into the type and style of each.
When you choose the type of material you use for your home’s siding, you have a lot of different options to choose from. Vinyl is often the go-to choice for homeowners — and with good reason — but this doesn’t mean that it’s the best choice for every home.
Another possible option for your home is cement fiber siding. Although less common, this type of siding has many benefits. Made of a mixture of wood pulp, sand, and cement, cement fiber siding is durable, easy to maintain, aesthetically pleasing, and affordable.
Before installing new siding on your home, you need to have a general understanding of all your options. To that end, this blog outlines four of the benefits of cement fiber siding.
A sunroom can add property resale value, undeniable all-season beauty, and usable living space to your home. But even after you decide that a sunroom is the right addition for your home, you must still choose which sunroom type to install.
While every sunroom is as unique as the home it attaches to due to the distinct challenges, quirks, and architectural characteristics, most sunrooms fall into one of the following five main categories.
- Cathedral Sunrooms
Cathedral sunrooms, sometimes called gable or vaulted sunrooms, have the distinct characteristic of a high, peaked roof. Cathedral sunrooms can have all-glass, partial-glass, or drywall on the interior and shingles on the exterior roofs, but they all have the classic and dramatic shape also found in gothic cathedrals, hence the name.
To attract buyers, you don’t need to go crazy with expensive upgrades. The key is to know which features are hot in your area. Local contractors and real estate agents are good sources of information for the trends that sell houses in your town.
You can also check out real estate ads to see which features are being pushed in your region for another glimpse into what’s hot and what’s not. And, of course, experts in home remodeling routinely study the most popular trends in upgrades.
If you’re still unsure of how you want to remodel your home, then here are five sought-after makeover ideas for your kitchen and bathroom renovations.
Most home renovations focus on the inside. You replace dated carpet with new hardwood, tile the bath and shower, and replace old countertops with marble or granite, along with updating things like plumbing and electrical as needed. The exterior is often neglected in favor of making the interior more beautiful.
However, investing in your curb appeal is not only great for the value of your home but also to make your home look like home to all who visit. The updates are more than aesthetic. Upgrades to siding, windows, and exterior features also add to your home quality and save you from the maintenance that comes as worn-out products continue to age.
Here are some curb appeal improvement ideas that can take your exterior from blah to beautiful, even making your house look entirely different.
No matter which type of tub, shower or tub-shower combo you choose when renovating your bathroom, you must take steps to waterproof the walls around it. In some cases, such as with freestanding tubs, the correct paint and a commitment to regular cleaning is all you need.
However, in most other situations, you’ll need to cover the surrounding wall surfaces with either tile or a wall surround. Wall surrounds come in a number of materials, including acrylic and porcelain.
In this blog, we list seven of the advantages that a wall surround can offer over wall tiles in your bathroom.
Both arbors and pergolas are eye-catching structures that add shade to your home or garden. An arbor is a structure with a slatted roof and two or four posts. A pergola is similar, but it is larger and can be attached directly to your home.
Most homeowners decide to add arbors or pergolas to their yard because they want to enhance the beauty of their yard space. While these structures are certainly pleasing to look at, they also come with a number of practical benefits for your home and yard.
Here are five reasons why you should invest in an arbor or pergola.
When you lived in an apartment or condo, you never had to worry about siding. Your main consideration was the inside of your smaller living space, especially keeping it clean enough to keep your landlord happy.
But now that you own your own home, you have to maintain the outside of your house, not just the interior. For instance, along with dealing with the new challenges of maintaining your own plumbing and electrical systems, you also have to tend to a backyard, keep your roof clean, and—perhaps most importantly of all—figure out what type of siding you need and when to replace it.
If you are planning on remodeling your bathroom soon, now is the perfect time to consider greener options. These changes are not only great for the environment, but they’re great for reducing your utility bills!
However, determining which green solutions are best for your budget, time, and preferences can be a little daunting. Here are four ideas to consider for your bathroom renovation. Read on to discover how you can easily and affordably integrate green ideas into your new bathroom.
When most homeowners think about remodeling, they assume they need to wait until the summer. Many people start dreaming up their remodeling project in the fall. But by the time summer comes around, all the remodeling contractors are booked.
The truth is that any season can work for a remodeling project. Read on to learn more.
It’s a well-kept secret that winter is often the best time to get your remodeling done. Contractors aren’t as busy during this season, so they have more time to give you one-on-one attention. This attention assures that you get exactly what you’re looking for on an efficient time table.
Plus, you’ll save money by remodeling in the winter. With less business for the contractors, you may find it easier to negotiate a better price. Since not as many people remodel in the winter, suppliers and distributors offer great deals, and products are often less expensive as well.
Even exterior additions are possible in the winter. After all, frozen ground is better for building foundations than muddy ground.
Cold weather isn’t always the best for bathroom remodels, though. Freezing temperatures in a torn-down bathroom can be unpleasant for your entire family.
In Missouri, snowstorms and freezing temperatures could delay your winter remodeling project. Cold weather and fewer hours of sunlight can also slow down the work.
Many people want to remodel when the weather starts to improve. People are often ready to embrace a new beginning, and that aspiration can translate to home updates. Plus, more hours of sunlight mean contractors can work longer and get the job done faster.
Many people are anxious to complete their remodeling projects in the spring so they can enjoy them during the summer, so spring is often a busy time for contractors. You might find it difficult to schedule a convenient time. You may also end up paying more for remodeling than you would during the off-season.
In Missouri, spring is the wettest season of the year. Heavy rain and muddy grounds may lead to delays in your project. Make sure your workers are careful not to track muddy footprints into your home.
Warm weather is ideal for most remodeling projects. Summer weather also means you can enjoy any outdoor additions right away. You can relax right away in your new sunroom, screened room, or pergola. Summer is also a good time to install roofing and siding, since roofing materials need heat to seal properly.
However, in Missouri, summer can sometimes bring brutal heat. Outdoor remodeling projects can be hard to complete in blistering hot weather. Plus, prices for both work and materials usually increase in the summer.
Keep in mind that choosing a summer remodel can be an advantage if you plan to go on summer vacation. You won’t be inconvenienced by the workers taking over your home. But if you’re staying at home and your kids are home on summer break, remodeling can be a nightmare. You’ll have to find somewhere for your kids to play that’s out of the way of the workers.
Fall is a good time to remodel for a couple of reasons. Workers probably won’t have to deal with extreme heat or cold and can work long hours without tiring. Plus, paint reacts well to cool weather.
However, August to November can be a busy time for contractors. Many people want to complete their projects before winter and the holiday season. If you decide to remodel in the fall, make sure you start early.
There’s no wrong time to remodel. Each season offers its own advantages and disadvantages. If you’re contemplating a remodeling project, you don’t need to delay it for a “better” season. Call Four Seasons Home Products for a quote on your project—no matter what time of year you plan to start it.