As any homeowner will tell you, paying off a home is nothing compared to the yearly expenses necessary for upkeep or complete remodeling. Taking the time to remodel the outside of your home requires a vision and ingenuity, and the following will hopefully give you an idea or two to implement.

Add an Awning

In areas with high temperatures or precipitation rates, adding an awning can create valuable shade and protection to your porch area. Installing a retractable canopy kit provides relaxing, cooling shade and adds aesthetic pleasure to any backyard look.

Renovate Fences

As they age, wooden fences potentially face rotting from the inside out, and steel fences can rust after prolonged exposure to the elements. These not only pose a visual threat to your home, but weakened fences make it easier for burglars to break through. Pine, cypress and cedar woods are the best options for fence upgrades.

Reimagine the Landscape

Nobody wants a dead lawn full of brown, wilting plants and expansive sections of dirt where grass should be. Planting grass sod reflective of the climate — e.g., Bermuda grass in warmer climates or Kentucky bluegrass for cooler environments — combined with proper maintenance can make for a luscious yard year-round. Shrubs, bushes and trees can reinvigorate what was before a lifeless yard. Adding flowers to complement this greenery can create a palette of crisp colors Van Gogh would marvel at.

Build Structures

Constructing large edifices — such as gazebos and sheds — can add to the complexity of a yard’s look while providing additional shade and functionality. Gazebos provide a small roofed area to a section of the yard, perfect for relaxing or eating on. Sheds are used more for the utility they provide through tool storage.

Having the perfect yard requires putting in the work. Whether you’re looking for a quick fix or want to take the time for a full remodeling project, investing in the maintenance of your yard provides lasting benefits to its health and your pride.