The hottest home improvements last year may not be the same ones now, although there are some that never go out of mode or importance. For example, roof maintenance and repair or kitchen remodelling – both are two of the most essential and classic ones.
But when it comes to outdoor home extensions and enhancements, such as verandahs, gazebos, carports, decking, pergolas, landscaping, and fencing, things are a bit more complicated. This is because whatever modifications or additions you make will be immediately seen by other people. There also are potential residential property buyers to consider if you are planning to sell your house in a couple of years or so. For these two reasons, you need to be prudent in deciding whether to install a patio, porch, or some other home improvement element in your residence.
One way of helping yourself determine the most suitable additions to your house is by observing and noting the yearly outdoor residential trends. You will find a common denominator in these and can base your projections for future improvements on prevailing trends through the years.
For 2013, the following are the more popular options:
The use of colour against neutral hues
This involves decorating with small pockets of vibrant tints against a beige, grey, white, off-white, or brown background. For example, you can paint your walls in a neutral shade of your choice and use furniture cushions, throw pillows, rugs, and ornaments of a bright colour. You can use a similar scheme shown in the photo below for your patio or verandah, minus the paintings and fragile decor. You can use lights as your accents, as well as floor tiles, blinds or curtains, and ornamental plants.
Adding water-themed ornaments
You can have a small fountain or mini-waterfall included in your exteriors. This makes the place more soothing and natural, with the sound of the flowing liquid calming your senses at the end of the long day or serving as a delightful background to relaxing conversations with your loved ones or guests.
Creating outdoor living areas
Verandahs and patios are increasingly integrated into indoor domestic elements. Families now dine al fresco or make their living rooms and dining areas extend outdoors. These venues are no longer just an “optional” addition but as an essential one, just as kitchens and bedrooms are necessary in a home. So, if you are planning to install a roofed gallery in your home, try and have it connected to a key area of your house, such as the kitchen, dining or living room. This allows easier integration and also gives you more room to move about in such high-traffic areas.
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