Putting the finishing touches to your home’s exterior

Once you’ve completed an interior design project or renovation it’s tempting to call it a day and relax inside with the aircon on to enjoy the fruits of your labour – especially at this time of year when the heat starts to rise! But remember that curb appeal contributes significantly to the value of your home, not to mention you’ll be able to get the most from the outdoor living benefits of residing in Western Australia!

You can start the ball rolling with some smaller touches, such as adding shutters, hanging flower baskets or changing the landscaping to match the seasons and then move on to some higher-impact ways to boost your exterior design project. Take a look at some suggestions below, and soon your home’s exterior will be as appealing as the inside.

Fencing & gates

You might think we’re biased, but it’s a fact that fencing and driveway gates significantly boost the value of a home – safety is a hot commodity.

In addition to adding privacy and security for your family, the right style of fencing and gates can also accentuate the architectural features of your home as well as adding personal style and flair.

Aluminium slats can be produced in a wide range of colours, and even with a timber-look finish (aka Smartwood) – providing huge versatility. This style of fencing works best with more modern-style architecture, while decorative tubular steel fencing and white picket fencing works better to accentuate more traditional or Hampton-style homes.

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Flowers & landscaping

The aesthetics of the landscaping around your home are so important for first impressions and curb appeal. Bright flowers and lush lawns give a homely and inviting impression – when selling a home this can really help to boost the price. For homebuyers, they say not to get attached to a home at the bidding stages as the emotional attachment will cause you to lose sight of your budget.

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But as a seller this is the reaction you want to invoke in potential buyers. You want them to imagine their family playing in the garden and imagine themselves arriving home to a welcoming and bright home.

If you feel like you won’t be able to take care of your lawn or don’t want to pay for water charges for reticulation then artificial grass can be a great option. It’s certainly a time-saver and you can always count on a lush green lawn. Add flowerbeds in certain areas too to add a splash of colour and personality.

Work with a reputable garden centre to select flowers that fit your flowerbed’s location. A garden centre will consider your climate, the change of seasons and the physical location of the flowerbed in your yard. For example, is the flowerbed shaded or does it receive a great deal of sunlight? You can consider changing your flowers as the seasons change.

You should check your garden every few days and perform some basic maintenance, like weeding. This will reduce the need for more involved maintenance down the road.

Create an Entertaining Area

A fire pit can be a great addition to your yard. It’s a great way to enjoy the warmth of fire while you’re entertaining, and lets you enjoy the outdoor area all year round.

And no entertainment area is complete without a BBQ or outdoor kitchen area to cook for guests without going in and out to the kitchen. Other great additions to an entertainment area might be a paved patio or decking area, outdoor furniture and a gazebo or pergola to provide shade from the sun. You can add flower beds or other landscaping to segregate this entertainment area from the rest of your yard.

Source: Flickr Landscape Design Advisor

Source: Flickr Landscape Design Advisor

Painting project

Unless you live in a community that regulates what colours you can and cannot use, choosing your home’s colour can be a fun part of the redecorating process. It’s important to choose a colour that compliments the look and style of the home. Larger homes usually don’t look as good with dark colours and need light and bright colours. If you are in a wooded area a lighter colour will help the house pop out from the surroundings or a more natural colour will help it blend into the landscape. Also consider the style of the home as some designs look better with certain colours- red and browns for Spanish inspired homes and natural colours for wood homes and bright colours for more modern styles.

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