With 2020 finally wrapped up, life looks a lot different for many homeowners. Statewide safety guidelines and offices shutting down have people spending more time in their homes than ever before, working from home during the day and spending downtime after work indoors. This newfound free time leaves many homeowners with the opportunity to take better care of their homes. In today’s seller’s market, buyers face a lot of competition, and one characteristic of a home that can set it apart from the rest, add significant value, and improve your quality of life is your home’s exterior.
Looking to revamp your home’s overall aesthetic and functionality? Here are some home exterior trends you can incorporate into your home in 2021:
Introducing more natural light by adding windows can be beneficial in more ways than you’re aware of. This can be done by installing large windows or French doors. Not only can adding these features bring more light into the home, improve overall mood and motivation when working from home, they can also add significant curb appeal as well as improving your home’s insulation and energy usage. Increased curb appeal and updated insulation can then considerably increase your home’s property value, so it’s a worthwhile investment in the long run, especially if you’re planning to sell later on down the road.
The lack of social interaction and shortage of outdoor events in 2020 has encouraged homeowners to step out into the front yard or onto the front porch not only for some fresh air and exercise, but also some much-needed, socially distanced conversations with neighbors. A front porch can be a functional and attractive addition to your home, but an expensive one at that. Be prepared to save up, dish out cash, or take on some additional debt. In lieu of cash, you can take out personal loans, use credit cards, or even explore home equity loans to access the funds you need. Already have a front porch? Incorporate some less expensive, enjoyable features like furniture, outdoor hanging plants, or even a fire pit to help spruce it up.
For those working from home, why not get your daily dose of the outdoors and work at the same time? Or, if you’re refraining from holding indoor gatherings, what happens when it rains on your parade? A pergola is the perfect solution for those who frequently convene on the back patio with a few snacks and drinks around a fire. Pergolas keep you protected from the weather while allowing you to get together in a safer manner. You can either DIY your own pergola, have one built, or find one at your local hardware store.
If you have the money and the time, building a pool in your backyard can be a huge asset in the coming years. Especially for families with children, summers may now look much different without camps, sports, or summer vacations. A pool can fill some of these voids. Keep in mind, however, that pools are on the more expensive side of exterior trends, and take a great deal of both maintenance and safety precautions. That said, be prepared for this commitment, both mentally and financially. Or, consider less expensive additions such as hot tubs or outdoor jacuzzies.
With many avoiding overcrowded grocery stores or looking to live an eco-friendlier lifestyle, gardening is the perfect hobby to master. With a bit of elbow grease, you can grow your own food in your backyard. A garden can also be a stress-free oasis where you can unwind and relax by simply adding a couple of water features and even a stone path. If you’re a beginner, choose a location for your garden that gets sufficient sunlight, appropriate drainage and soil, and is protected from wildlife. Also, remember to consider climate, time of year, and proximity to a water source.