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Top Four Home Exterior Tips for Fall

With fall just around the corner, it’s time to plan how you will ensure your home’s exterior is ready for the cooler temperatures while also keeping up with the latest seasonal trends. Not sure where to start? We break down the top four home exterior tips for fall for a little inspiration.

Mix Unexpected Materials

Fall temperatures make it the ideal time to lounge outside, so give your outdoor furniture a makeover with 2019 trends in mind. This year, outdoor furniture sets featuring sleek combinations of aluminum and teak are gaining popularity. If you’re not ready to invest in a new set, start small by adding eye-catching mesh aluminum dining chairs to the mix, which doesn’t have to break the bank (hello curb appeal on a budget).

Prep Your Siding for Colder Months

Before the chilly winter temperatures arrive, ensure your siding will keep the warm air in and cool air out by replacing caulk that has cracked, hardened or lost its seal. If you’re a homeowner, particularly in the northern U.S., that has experienced siding cracks due to frequent freeze/thaw cycles, amiable autumn weather makes it a great time for a replacement. Specifically, a material like engineered wood is designed to withstand freeze/thaw damage (offering a durable option that will also boost front yard curb appeal). 

Warm it Up

According to recent research by Zillow, homes that include outdoor features like fireplaces sold for significantly more than expected. An outdoor fireplace will not only add value to your home, but is on trend with the latest craze of elevating outdoor spaces to create a true extension of the home. And who doesn’t want to enjoy the cool temperatures of fall by a cozy outdoor fire? 

Combine Looks with Function

An outdoor shed can be just the escape you need during the restlessness of the colder months (like offering a hobby haven, home office or exercise space). Zillow found homes with features like a shed sold for 26% more than expected and eight days sooner, making it a solid investment too. Complete the look with privacy fencing, possibly in a subtle red or brown that looks great both during fall and year-round. Engineered wood fencing is a new option that offers the natural look of wood with the low maintenance of vinyl.

Fall is a time for harvest moon and hayrides, but it’s also a terrific time to make smart investments in your home’s long-term curb appeal. So, what are you waiting for?

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Start Planning Now for Your Dream Exterior Remodel

If you’re considering an exterior home remodel this spring or summer, now is the perfect time to start planning. Whether you want to take on a simple exterior remodel or totally change the exterior of your house, being prepared and building a detailed home project plan can help reduce your stress and help keep you on budget.

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Trends5 min
Your Biggest Exterior Design Trend Questions for 2020, Answered

It’s hard to imagine we’re living in the year 2020. While we’re not surrounded by robotic butlers and flying cars, home design trends in 2020 will feel revolutionary in style, texture and color. Whether you’re looking at new home building trends for 2020 or want to update your current home’s exterior design, we’re tackling your biggest design questions and providing ideas for inspiration.

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2020 Color Predictions to Guide Your Home’s Paint Color Selection

It’s that exciting time of the year when paint industry pros unveil their new paint colors. 2020 is already a landmark event, marking the start of a brand-new decade. Will it be known by bold, upbeat shades or demure neutrals?

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Design Focus: Dutch Colonials

If you live in the Northeast, your home is likely to represent or be surrounded by great examples of Dutch Colonial architecture. While the traditional Colonial home is a quintessential American design, the Dutch Colonial style is different, and made popular by Dutch Colonists who settled in the New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut areas in the mid-1600s.