Spring Home Improvement Ideas
With another Minnesota winter almost behind us, it’s time to start looking forward to the exterior home improvement ideas. Just like most years, the 2018 exterior home improvement project trends combine a mix of old classics as well as new ideas. Whether your home is in need of repairs/upgrades or you just want to wisely invest in increasing your market value, here are some of the exterior home improvement trends at Snap Construction to consider in the next couple months:
Elaborate entrance ways
One of the projects that have featured a high ROI for years now has been a simple steel front door entry. A properly installed door can boost energy efficiency, security, and curb appeal. It’s the aesthetics that have elaborate entryways trending in 2018. Picturesque front doors with multiple windows are in! Some homeowners are even switching to double front doors to drive home the point. Pergolas, awnings, and detailed walkways are also part of this trend.
If you plan on having new siding installed in 2018, you might not have to pick just one style. The latest trend is to blend different siding on a home for the most contemporary look. Homeowners have blended brick and stone with traditional vinyl, aluminum, and cedar siding. Vertical or horizontal installation are both unique options. Different siding widths can be used as well.
Whether you’re looking at new siding, windows, or a Minneapolis roofer this season, the trend you’ll likely encounter is products with more subdued colors. For decades people went the safe route with neutral colors but now manufacturers are fulfilling the demand for more browns, dark greens, maroons, etc.
Exterior features in addition to bushes and shrubs
A lot of properties have always opted for the ‘busy’ landscape featuring bushes, shrubs, and temporary yard ornaments. Some homeowners are now opting for more stationary structures. Items such as gazebos still offer an aesthetic value but without the hassle of landscaping care. Features such as decks, arbors, and patio cover also expand your livable square footage which increases market value.
Pass-through windows have been popular for years – at fast-food drive-throughs and in medical offices. As more homeowners are integrating exterior living spaces such as a deck, patio, or outdoor barbecue they are also making it more convenient to communicate between the outside and the kitchen. Pass through commercial windows slide open or fold out to give a complete opening. This style might not be for everybody, but it is a very modern-yet-traditional feature.