9 Exterior Home Remodeling Ideas

If you are dissatisfied with your home’s exterior, it might be time for a remodel. There are plenty of options that can help update your home and breathe new life into it. Here are a few exterior home remodeling ideas:

1. Paint Your Exterior

A worn-down home exterior is one of the things that can affect your home value. Painting your exterior can instantly give your home a much-needed facelift. It also goes beyond a simple curb appeal boost. You can give your home a fresh coat of the same original paint color or try something new. Choosing an entirely new color scheme is a great way for your home to feel new without a costly remodel.

Painting your home’s exterior can also help protect the integrity of your home. As your paint is scraped off, it gives you a chance to see how your exterior is holding up. Look for rotting, peeling, and warping. Before repainting, these issues need to be addressed. Replace rotting or warped wood. Taking care of these problems earlier rather than later will reduce much bigger problems in the future.

If you discover damage that needs to be replaced or if you’re tired of repainting, consider re-siding your home with vinyl siding. Not only is it impervious to rot, pests, and more, but it is also virtually maintenance-free. Durable and insulating, vinyl siding can also be manufactured in a variety of colors, textures, and more to make sure you get the look you want. You can even mimic the look of stone, brick, wood, or other materials to get the same look without the added maintenance.

Take a look at the video below to see Zephyr Thomas replacing the siding for this homeowner!

2. Update Walkways and Driveways

If your walkways and driveways look a little worse for wear, now might be a good time to update and fix them. Cracks in cement or asphalt not only look unappealing but can be tripping hazards as well. Updating these areas, especially if they are showing visible damage, is one of the most common exterior home remodeling ideas.

You can ask for your cement walkways to be repoured or you can try something new. Stamped concrete is a great option because it’s very durable and can be stamped in a variety of patterns. It also works for driveways, patios, and other outdoor uses.

Check out the Zephyr Thomas team replacing the concrete steps and walkway for this homeowner!

3. Try a New Front Door

Front doors make a statement and welcome you and visitors into your home. If your current door is showing signs of age, a replacement door might be in order. Replacing your front door will help freshen up your home, and make it much more welcoming.

You can simply choose a similar style to your current door if you don’t want a noticeable change. But if you’re looking for a new look, there are many different types of doors to choose from.

Watch the Zephyr Thomas team install a new front door with sidelites and window options for entry doors in the time-lapse video below!

4. Add a Deck or Patio

If you want a functional space to spend some time outdoors, consider adding a deck or patio! Not only are these spaces a great addition to entertaining, but they also add value to your home. Upgrading your exterior like this and making better use of your backyard are some signs it’s time to consider a home addition.

Decks or patios are a popular type of home improvement project because they add some extra space to your home. Adding a deck or patio can help you appreciate your yard and home much more. With the right decor and furnishings, you’ll have an inviting and comfortable space.

Decks and patios are popular exterior home remodeling ideas, especially in the backyard. Check out the deck addition Zephyr Thomas built for this homeowner!

5. Replace Your Windows

Windows affect your home. Old windows can make your home look dated or run down. Plus, they’re often very inefficient. Replacement windows can help update the look of your home, plus help with energy bills.

There are so many different window options available to choose from. Thinking about placement, style, and installation are all important things to keep in mind when choosing the best windows for your home.

Take a look at the video below to see Zephyr Thomas installing a custom bow window with a grid pattern for this homeowner!

6. Replace or Add Railings

Adding railings to your home is another useful home exterior remodeling idea to consider. Railings on porches, decks, and steps are a safety feature and also add a decorative element to your home.

If you have existing railings on a deck or porch, you may want to consider replacing them, especially if they’re made of wood, which can splinter and rot. If you notice any damage, this is a sign it’s time to replace porch railings.

Replacing wood railings with a material like vinyl ensures your railings will hold up to weather and insect damage. This type of durability plus easier maintenance are just a few of the benefits of vinyl railing. Vinyl railings come in a variety of options, making it easy to find a style that matches your home.

Take a look at the time-lapse video below to watch our team building a ramp with railings for this homeowner!

7. Update Your Roof

A roof is probably one of the most important parts of a home. A good roof protects your home against outside elements, so if your roof is damaged, the rest of your home can sustain damage as well. Proper roof ventilation is also necessary to prevent moisture buildup and help your home be more energy efficient.

If your roof isn’t that old, you may just need a few fixes here and there. However, if your roof is a couple of decades old or has significant damage, you should think about replacing your roof instead. Doing so will guarantee better protection from the elements and a more energy-efficient home which are just a few benefits of a new roof. Your home value and curb appeal will increase, as well!

Check out the video below to watch Zephyr Thomas replace the roof on this home!

8. Clean Your Gutters

Gutters are another important part of a home. Gutters and waterspouts are important because they allow water to flow off the roof, preventing water damage. However, they can get clogged with debris, like leaves and dirt. Making sure to stay on top of maintaining your gutters by unclogging and cleaning your gutters will help prevent problems down the road.

However, gutters do age and will need to be replaced even with proper maintenance. Signs you need to replace your gutters include cracking, paint peeling, and sagging. If you see any of these signs, you should consider replacing them to prevent bigger issues with your home.

9. Improve Outdoor Lighting

Good outdoor lighting can enhance outdoor living in the evening. If you have a deck or patio, the right lighting is a great way to upgrade a patio. It creates an enjoyable environment perfect for relaxing or entertaining. Be sure to layer your light to get just the right amount of light for various situations.

Good outdoor lighting is also important as it can improve safety and security. Well-lit walkways, entrances, and steps can help avoid potential injury. Try adding pole lights, pathway lights, porch lights, and spotlights to any area that is used at night. Other outdoor lighting like motion sensors can help deter unwanted company and is a useful home security tip.

Upgrade Your Home’s Exterior With Zephyr Thomas

These are just a few exterior home remodeling ideas to try. Any number of these remodeling projects are home upgrades that add value to your home. If you’re ready to start planning your next home improvement project, give us a call at (717) 399-4708 to start a free quote!