(StatePoint) Looking to add curb appeal to your home and improve your outdoor living spaces? A complete overhaul of your home’s exterior or an addition can be costly and time-consuming. However simpler answers can achieve the desired affect:
There are few ways to add curb appeal to a home more quickly and effectively than by simply adding awnings to its exterior. Awning fabrics come in hundreds of fade-resistant solid and stripe patterns that can complement any siding, brick, or stucco exterior -- making them a versatile option for both functionality and beauty.
By selecting neutral colors and awning frames with simple clean lines, an awning can add a contemporary look. For more traditional homes, consider a complementary color or pattern to add life and visual interest to your exterior.
Shade can help you substantially save on cooling costs. Trees and shrubbery can both beautify your home and add natural shade, but since there are times you may prefer more sunlight, consider customizing your control of shade and light with awnings.
Fabric awnings or exterior shades can save homeowners as much as $200 annually by reducing the load on air conditioners, according to a study by the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA).
“If you’re adding awnings to your home, stick with a reputable, licensed firm to ensure the best quality product and service,” says Greg Schmieler, Chairman of PAMA.
More tips and free information about adding awnings to your home can be found at www.AwningInfo.com.
Extend Living Spaces
In the backyard, consider adding visual interest and improving your outdoor living space with a retractable or fixed frame canopy and some great patio furniture. There are so many styles available that color coordinating these elements is easy.
These trimmings can extend the time you can enjoy the outdoors by providing cooling shade and visual comfort on the hottest and brightest days, and shelter and protection on cooler and rainy days. Updating your deck, patio or yard is a much more affordable option than a home addition.
Exterior upgrades don’t have to cost a fortune or be overly complicated. Focus on quick ideas that are easy on the eyes and easy on the budget.