Renovation5 min

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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Renovation5 min

The Key Differences Between Tract, Spec and Custom Homebuilders

When it comes time to house hunt, there are three primary categories of residential homebuilders to choose from: tract, spec and custom builders. There are many aspects that set each apart, but here are the basics potential homebuyers should consider to ensure they’re investing in the type of home that best fits their preferences, budget and stage of life.

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Outdoor Living5 min
Building an Ice Fishing Shed Demands Durability

Ice fishing has long been one of the most popular winter pastimes in Canada and the northern U.S. All you need is access to a solidly frozen lake because a flowing river doesn’t freeze thick enough. Ice fishers typically sit in simple enclosures that protect them from the elements. These go by interchangeable names like ice shack, ice shanty, fish house or ice-fishing shed. Some enthusiasts are taking things up a notch by building deluxe sheds featuring dining areas, office space and even electricity for TVs and microwaves.

Curb Appeal5 min
Best Siding Choices For Colonial Homes

Colonial-style homes have endured among America’s favorite architecture designs since they first appeared in the late 1700s, about the same time as the birth of the United States. There’s no mistaking a classic Colonial design with other styles. Clearly identified by its two-story rectangle shape, moderately pitched roof and front door built squarely in the center, Colonial-style homes are stately, symmetrical and practical.

Outdoor Living4 min
Stay on Trend with These Top Five Backyard Trends of 2019

With fall comes perfect outdoor entertaining weather. So, avoid the stress of a packed house and the extensive indoor clean-up, and join the 47% of residents who are making their backyard an entertainment hub by taking the party outside. To get your backyard space looking Pinterest-polished, we’ve put together a list of the top five backyard trends of 2019. These simple upgrades can help turn your yard into a show-stopping spot fit for any occasion: