As homeowners ourselves, we understand why people tend to focus on interior remodels for their homes. After all, that’s where you spend all your spare time, entertain guests, eat, and sleep. We all want inviting spaces where we feel comfortable, with the conveniences and beautiful surroundings that contribute to a sense of well-being. However, there are also many benefits of exterior home remodels. Here we look at the many reasons why an exterior remodel is just as important as an interior remodel.
Interior vs. Exterior Remodel
The importance of exterior home remodels also ties into your interior designs. Here are a few ways exterior makeovers impact your interior:
Insides And Outsides Match
A run-down home exterior disguises all the beautiful details within, creating a disconnect in the overall appeal of your house. When you include the exterior in your home remodel plans, you create a complete home transformation. As a result, your home interior and exterior are aligned to reflect your sense of style. When people enter your home, everything makes sense, and you also increase the value of your home.
Exterior Wall Prominence
Admittedly, no one is going to see that snazzy new stone veneer on your garage from inside the home, but there are many exterior details that will be seen. First, there’s your windows. Windows hold a very prominent position on interior walls. If you redo your entire interior but ignore the windows, you’ll have outdated, broken, and unattractive windows taking away from your carefully designed room. Other exterior components that can impact your interior’s aesthetics include patio/sliding doors and your entry door. These exterior components are just as noticeable inside as they are out.
Improved Window Design Features
Although you might not think about your windows while designing a room, you might find once everything is redone, they stand out like a sore thumb. Imagine how much better your interior remodel will look with matching vinyl window frames and hardware. Today’s window designs offer many different style options helping you create a sense of unity in the room, including:
- Colours: Vinyl windows are available in various colours to match your décor. Whether you prefer soft earthy tones or bolder shades, you can install new windows that work as the finishing touch for your interior colour scheme.
- Grilles: Always considered an important exterior detail, grilles have a major impact on your interior as well. They can run horizontally and vertically, and over or through panes of window glass, creating a different look and feel with your choice of grille colours and styles.
- Handles and window locks: Window hardware comes in various colours and designs, allowing you to coordinate your selection with your chosen shade of frame, window type, and other interior design details.
Why An Exterior Remodel Is Just As Important As An Interior Remodel
There are several reasons exterior home renovation is important, including:
Privacy is a major consideration in home design. Obscure or privacy glass allows natural light to flow in while keeping prying eyes out. You can choose from an assortment of glass types in rooms such as your bathroom, where natural light is desirable, but privacy is essential.
Improving Natural Light
Lighting is both functional and aesthetic. You can use exterior remodels such as larger windows, more windows, sliding glass doors, and skylights to provide more (or less) natural light. Natural light softens a room, creating a more comfortable, enjoyable living space.
Enjoying Better Home Comfort
Updating your exterior improves home comfort and energy efficiency. Even if your interior remodel includes a new energy-efficient HVAC system, it is only as efficient as the rest of the components of your home. As a result, if your exterior is clad with inefficient siding, as well as outdated windows and doors, you won’t reap the benefits of your new HVAC system. The addition of new siding, windows and doors is a must to keep your home comfortable all year round. A complete energy makeover will ensure you see the best ROI for your HVAC system because it can achieve its full energy-saving potential and reduce energy bills.
Improve Quality Of Life
This might sound like an exaggeration, but the right exterior upgrades can greatly reduce exterior maintenance. For example, gutter guards protect your eavestroughs from debris, so you don’t have to make the bi-annual climb up a rickety ladder to clean them out. Vinyl windows, siding, and soffits and fascia maintain their colour and integrity as long as you live in your home, meaning you don’t have to contend with peeling paint, dry rot, and other exposure and moisture-related issues. With fewer maintenance worries, you increase downtime and save money without the need to invest in maintenance services, paint, and painters.
A Safer, More Secure Home
Entry door and window replacements are not just good for energy efficiency. They also improve security. Both use state-of-the-art hardware and locks to protect your home from intruders. You can enjoy more peace of mind knowing your home is safe and sound.
Improved Home Equity And Value
Whether you intend to live in your home forever or sell it in a few years, exterior improvements are highly desirable and improve your home’s value. If you sell, you can recoup more money from your home improvement investment on top of what you’ve already saved in energy efficiency. If you stay, your increased home value adds to your home equity, providing access to funds through a reverse/CHIP mortgage or equity loan to enjoy life and retirement.
There’s a lot to be said about having the best house on the block. Neighbours don’t need an invitation to see the exterior changes you’ve made. They get a full view of your makeover every day. This is your chance to show pride of ownership and become the envy of the street. Curb appeal also makes you smile yourself every time you pull into your driveway. From stunning new stone veneer to new vinyl siding and windows to an impressive entry door, creating curb appeal outside is just as satisfying as having a brand-new kitchen inside.
As you can see, the exterior is just as important as the interior and, in fact, contributes to your interior’s appeal. For more information about exterior remodels, reach out to the Weaver Exterior Remodeling team, or click here for a free quote.