Smart Home Improvements to Tackle Before the Year Ends

Fall is the best time to tackle exterior home improvement projects. Thanks to the cooler weather, it helps make us feel more comfortable doing handy work outdoors. It’s also the perfect opportunity to make sure that your home is ready before winter rolls in.

That said, here are three home improvement ideas to consider before the year ends.

Patio Work

Enclosing a patio is a clever way to utilize this outdoor space. The additional enclosure will provide more shade to protect you from the sun and offer additional protection to allow you to enjoy the outdoors without getting exposed to the elements. Consider a clear corrugated polycarbonate roofing sheet and tempered glass to create a clean and seamless design for an enclosed patio. The results are stunning and will turn your patio into a space that you can make use of all year round.

These materials allow better visibility so that you can enjoy gazing at the stars on a clear night or get your daily dose of vitamin D during the day. You can watch the snow fall or the raindrops dance on the clear yet sturdy roof and listen to the soft and relaxing pitter-patter of the rain on the crystal-clear tempered glass windows. You can enjoy the outdoors while staying dry and comfortable in a beautiful indoor/outdoor space that was once an underutilized outdoor patio.

Another benefit of enclosing a patio is that it gives you additional indoor space. Movable enclosures that open to the inside of your home offer the flexibility of creating more indoor space and the option to separate the room as an outdoor space.
There is work involved in this project, but the rewards are endless.

Wall Painting

Looking for ways to improve the look of your indoor space without changing the furniture or buying new accessories? You can create a fresh, new look for your home by painting your walls neutral shades in a texture that gives it more depth and luminosity. But don’t just use regular paint; go for lime wash paint instead.

Lime wash paint creates a textural finish that has a matte and chalky appearance. The surface is soft to the touch and has a powdery feel to it. Lime wash paint lends a unique finish to your walls as you can manipulate the depth and shading of the paint depending on the lightness or boldness of your painting strokes. It’s best to use a long-haired paintbrush or masonry paintbrush to achieve the look of feathered strokes. This intensifies the effect of the lime wash paint finish.

Aside from its sophisticated look, this paint is also environmentally friendly and hypoallergenic. It is free of solvents, made with natural pigments, and has a natural chemical composition that neutralizes odor and prevents the growth of microorganisms on the wall surface. This increases the longevity and resilience of the paint, making it a practical option for those who want an elegant paint finish sans high maintenance.

Install Proper Outdoor Lighting

Proper outdoor lighting increases the overall security of your home and creates an aesthetically pleasing look for your outdoor area. There are plenty of lighting options available today, including solar-powered lights. Other types include battery-powered and electric-powered lighting. Each has different advantages and installation methods as well.

When picking outdoor lights, consider the areas that need additional illumination like doorways, pathways, and steps. Also, consider the amount of space that you wish to illuminate and your overall landscape design. This will help you get the right type of lamps and lights that will highlight the beauty of your outdoor space. Here’s a simple guide for installing outdoor lighting.

A well-lit home from the outside looks more pleasing and has a relaxed and calm vibe to it, as well. Proper outdoor lighting can make your home look more inviting, which can mean increased curb appeal.

These home improvement ideas will have a great impact on your home’s overall look, improve its curb appeal, and increase property value as well. These home improvement projects transform often overlooked spaces into stunning sections of your home, with just a few materials involved.

For light installations — indoor or outdoor — that involve electrical wiring or roughing-in wires, it’s best to have a licensed electrician perform the task to ensure your personal safety and that of your home’s.

Overall, these projects are relatively easy to complete and yield great results. If you want to freshen up the look of your home and liven up an underused area in your home, make sure to include these three items on your list of projects to tackle before the year ends.

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