'Tis The Season #3 - Spring Renovation Projects
SPRING (Mar/Apr/May) is the season when many of you start thinking “outside-the-box”. That is to say, the OUTSIDE of the box, as in exterior renovations for your homes! To upgrade from that tired, “box-like” appearance, there are many attractive, energy efficient and eco-friendly options to choose from.
A main or second level addition would certainly add dimension, but unless you are in need of more interior space, simply replacing worn, outdated cladding will go a long way to updating your home’s look, while providing a tighter “seal” against the elements. A covered front porch or a spacious rear deck could enhance your outdoor living areas and, when detailed with stonework and metal/glass railings, could contribute a lot to the visual “interest” of your home’s exterior. Start at the top and work down – roofing, soffit/facia, windows/doors and cladding…what will it take to both improve architectural appeal AND save you money on heating/cooling, while avoiding the use of materials that may be harmful to the environment? There are great on-line resources now that will allow you to compare various products prior to making those final choices.
Once you have developed an informed sense of what you think will work for your exterior upgrades, don’t hesitate to consult with design professionals and contractors (think Channel Custom Builders) who specify and work with these products every day. Teamwork will always deliver the best results!