New Year Projects for Inside and Out

It’s a new year so out with the old and in with the new. This is the time that we not only make resolutions to develop our bodies and minds but also plan the upgrading and redesign of our homes. Implementing these renewal plans is often difficult because the commitment to stick with a new diet and exercise regimen wanes or because we run out of money for those home improvement projects. While there may be no magic formula to keep you on track for a healthier body, there are simple inexpensive ways to improve your home. 

Even if your efforts for the perfect body are unsuccessful, you can still gain a sense of accomplishment and pride from improving the interior and exterior of your house. You can create a whole new look inside with some painting and early spring cleaning and add color with accessory pieces like pillows and cushions. You can also reorganize closets and increase your storage areas with pre-fab storage units. An easy way to boost the curb appeal of your home is to upgrade the landscaping and spruce up the garden. Most of these exterior improvements can be do-it-yourself and the finished project will increase the value of your home as well as provide you with a great deal of pleasure. 

The Front of the House 

Regular lawn and tree maintenance should be the priority on your property because these items make the first impression. You can make the entry special by creating a path of designer paving stones and lining it with pots of flowers, hanging plants and solar lighting. You can easily add to the beauty of your garden by incorporating a variety of plants, shrubs and flowers in coordinating colors. A combination of different size pots and containers with varying designs and perfectly placed garden stones and rocks can help you attain a totally integrated appearance. You can create a go-green background by adding climbing plants and ivy to walls and fences. 

Working on the exterior of any property includes a plan for controlling water so that it flows away from your home. You can actually control the water and improve the aesthetics at the same time by installing a pond or fountain. Either can be created using the property’s natural landscaping or you can purchase a solar operated model that contributes to the overall ambience. You can also replace the downspout from your gutters with rain chains which will funnel the water into rain barrels or other garden areas where it will dissipate harmlessly. 

Finally, you should create an exterior space from which you can relax and enjoy the beauty of your garden. A pergola with lights, some comfortable furniture, lighting along paths and garden edging and even a DIY fire pit provide the perfect spot to observe your work. The entire family can benefit if you make a play space for the kids from an old shed or build a tree house. If you have some extra money to spend, you could build a structure that allows you to use the area year-round.

 

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