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Curb Appeal7 min

Choosing Outdoor Elements Based on Your Home’s Exterior

Enhancing your home’s exterior with well-chosen outdoor elements is an easy way to boost curb appeal. Whether you have a ranch or a Victorian, here are some tips to give your home a whole new look.

Choosing Hardscape Materials

The two or three materials used to construct patios, walkways, walls and other elements of a hardscape should not just coordinate with each other, but also with any stone or brick accents on the exterior of a home. Look at the primary colors in the exterior brick or stone, and make sure the colors in the hardscape materials complement these colors.

Choosing Outdoor Lighting

Well-placed landscape lighting adds emphasis to the most beautiful features of your home and gives a pleasant glow to any property. Is your home’s architecture elegant and stately? Clean and contemporary? Craftsman? Mediterranean? There are outdoor lights to suit almost any architectural style. Take cues from your home’s architecture in selecting fixtures that match its style.

Choosing Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor furniture that doesn’t fit with your home’s façade is anything but relaxing. If you have an exterior that is darker in color, select outdoor furniture in a lighter color. If your siding is a shade of white or another neutral, consider a darker furniture finish. Homes accented in contemporary stone veneers look great paired with sleek and modern furniture styles. You can’t get any more traditional than lap siding, which looks great paired with iconic rocking chairs.

outdoor furniture options based on your home exterior

Choosing Landscaping

Determine if your site is best suited to a formal or informal landscape. Formal landscaping includes strong lines with uniform plants and symmetrical plantings. Informal designs are more free-flowing, with asymmetrical elements and plants that are less structured. In addition, think about what trees and shrubs will look like when they reach maturity. Don’t plant anything that could block the view of your home from the street.

Create a Custom Look

Thanks to its broad product line, LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding products offer the versatility to achieve stunning exteriors with ease, whether you want a classic aesthetic or a modern look. All LP products are manufactured with the proprietary SmartGuard® process to enhance strength and offer exceptional protection against termites and fungal decay. That’s the beauty of working with treated engineered wood trim and siding.

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Trends6 min

How to Take Advantage of Popular Shed Trends and Add to Your Backyard

Have you ever considered adding a shed to your backyard? Lately, homeowners like you are thinking beyond storage sheds and instead are using these spaces as offices, gyms and more. With the flexibility that comes from building with LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® you can add a beautiful shed to your backyard, complete with one of the most durable siding options available, LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding, which also leads to easier siding maintenance.

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Renovation5 min
HOW TO USE THE LP® SMARTSIDE® HOME VISUALIZER

Planning to refresh your home’s trim and fascia? Hoping to change the exterior entirely with a full re-side project? No matter your plans, choosing siding and trim colors can be difficult. Mentally visualizing how your home will look with a new product is a challenge—and it’s even tougher to imagine the amount of change even just updating trim will bring. That’s where the LP® SmartSide® Home Visualizer, a siding visualizer tool, comes in. This free tool can help you explore home siding ideas to find the best siding color combinations for your home. Read more to find out how to use the tool—and why LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding can make all the difference for your home.

Renovation6 min
Selecting LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding with Liz Marie Galvan

Re-siding your home is a significant investment and a long-term decision on your home’s look. One of the first steps to siding a house is choosing a siding material that fits your needs. Being involved as you review types of siding and cost can give you confidence in your plans and peace of mind that the materials you choose are built to last. Liz Marie Galvan of the Liz Marie Blog shares her journey toward choosing LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® Trim & Siding for her upcoming home re-siding project.

Renovation4 min
Checklist for How to Hire a Contractor

In this hiring a contractor checklist you’ll find expert guidance in connecting with the right contractor for your re-side project, including questions to ask and quick tips.