There are almost as many exterior projects as interior that can beautify your home, from the typical sprinkler systems and landscaping to the more common decks, patios and arbors and today’s growing trend of outdoor Kitchens and pools, spas and outdoor showers. I am addressing some of the most common ones which will enhance your design and living space. The specialty items like pools, spas and outdoor Kitchens are left for another time.
It is most important to take care of repair items as they occur, whether inside or outside. I regularly see homes needing repair in addition to the desired updates they request. Water is one of the major causes of exterior damage. Once water comes in contact with exposed wood, the need for replacing or repairing it is necessary. If neglected too long, the damage becomes extensive, creating a greater hazard to the homeowner.
One of my clients living in a high-end home has large custom wood windows. He unknowingly allowed the raised sprinkler head to water the wooden sashes, causing the wood to rot. By the time he called me in for repairs, the wood had rotted the window beyond repair, as well as the window frame. The wood rot was so extensive that water was entering the home through the rotten windows and started to warp the interior wood floors. The replacement windows and repairs total thousands of dollars and could have been avoided with better care of his property.
Water and sun cause problems around gutters and eaves, doors and frames. If maintained regularly, the gutters should be cleaned out and the eaves painted and doors stained or painted. If not, then replacement of rotten wood and scraping of chipped wood will cost more to the homeowner. Wooden privacy fences should also be maintained with regular inspection of the posts and boards and a protective sealant applied. Not only will your home look beautiful, it will cost you less in the long run.
When I visit my clients’ homes, I often notice whether or not the home is updated and regularly maintained. I usually see one or the other. For those who have not maintained their homes and want to start, the task will be overwhelming, daunting and costly. For those who continually update and maintain their homes, the next step is the one area they have in mind to remodel. This becomes easier for the homeowner who understands the process, as well as the remodeler who will recommend suggestions and ideas.