When we think of owning a home, we imagine having the freedom to turn a space into a warming environment that is safe and comforting for us. A gorgeous exterior offers us a retreat that looks as plush and protected as we want to feel. That is what a home is, after all, a place where we feel protected and at ease, away from any stress and pressure that is out there on the outside.
You can finish a stressful day at work and feel excited as to what you’re coming home to, and that’s something that you can create for yourself. You may buy your home initially and it’s a mere shell that is empty and miserable, but then you can come in and give it so much love and warmth that within no time it’s the perfect place to be that holds so much life, laughter, and personality.
You would be surprised as to how much the environment you’re in can have an impact on your mind. Your house isn’t just somewhere you sleep in before you venture out again – it’s so much more than that. And if you’re not getting the security that you need from it, then there’s definitely something wrong. A happy home equals a happy mind, so if you live in a space that’s messy and cluttered, then, of course, your mind is going to feel that way too as it has nowhere to escape off to for a breather. Instead, it’s in a suffocating box that grows in chaos, and this is no good for your health. Let’s face it, life can get very hard at times, and if you don’t create that safe haven to resort to when things get tough, then you will make it very hard on yourself to find that peace that you so desperately require.
It’s all about focusing on what you want and need. So many people nowadays style their homes to please everyone else, like their friends, family, and colleagues. And while it’s a nice feeling to know that people appreciate the hard work you’ve put in and compliment your design and decoration, it shouldn’t be what drives you – that’s just a bonus. You can be as out there and vocal as you want to be, there are no rules when making your house a home. It all comes down to what reflects you and your personality, and how you decide on translating that into the environment you’re in. So never sweat it over what people think – it’s your home, not theirs.
One thing that a lot of people tend to forget about though, is the exterior. Yes, there are so many things to focus on once you’re inside, but remember that the first thing you and others will see, is the outside. The face of it all. The first impression. The book cover. So it’s very important that you don’t overlook this either. The outside of your home really sets the overall tone and theme, so don’t get coy in your design just because it’s on show. The possibilities are endless, and you have full reign over it all.
Here are some various ideas that will get you thinking about what options you have.
Fix any issues, no matter how small they may be.
It’s a lot easier for people to avoid a minor issue until it gets worse and worse and then they’re forced to face it. The problem with this is that it can end up costing you an awful lot of money, and sometimes a lot more than you would have had to pay if you had confronted the problem as soon as it arose. This can be anything from a gate that doesn’t close properly, from the electrical circuit in the garage not working properly. But whatever it is, you should sort it out before it has any more time to get worse. A lot of things nowadays can actually be repaired yourself with the help of Google, so if it is something minor, just type it in online and you will be met with tons of advice and tips on how to make it better. If you know that the job is a little bigger than you can handle though, then know that there are many professional services that can help you whenever you’re in need. From garage door repairs to refitting unsteady tiles on the roof. So never be afraid to reach out for some assistance – that’s what they’re there for.
Make your drive more inviting.
Drives don’t tend to be anything special, they’re merely an extra space made to park your car on your property, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make it more inviting. A lot of the time when a drive is rather old, the cement will begin to crack and become uneven. There are various different factors that make this happen, like roots that are growing underneath the ground for example. Once this happens, you will find pesky weeds that spread like wildfire and make themselves the center of attention, which is the last thing you want. Your best bet may be to redo the drive altogether with brand new cement, giving a fresh look. If you have a front garden, make sure that it’s being looked after. Pull out any weeds, trim hedges when they get too big, and plant flowers when the time is right to add a little pop of color. If you have fences that surround the perimeter, they may benefit from being sanded down and given a fresh lick of paint or varnish. Or you may decide to get rid of them altogether and start all over again with some new material and supplies.
Give your windows a good clean.
When is the last time you cleaned your windows properly? – Exactly. You won’t believe the difference that a clean window can have until you see for yourself. Over time, windows will get dirty as they collect dust, grub, oil, grease, and any other debris from the environment, and also our own hands. But when this happens gradually, you aren’t that aware as you won’t be able to remember how they used to look. So it’s time to give them a clean, and don’t forget the outside too. There are so many different products out there that all claim to be the best, but believe it or not, a bucket of warm soapy water, a sponge, and some old newspaper will always do the job wonderfully. Once you’ve lathered up the windows with a sponge, use circular motions with some scrunched up newspaper until there are no more marks – it’s as simple as that. You will be able to see through them so well that you will forget you even have a window fitted. This is perfect in the summer because the light will shine through without picking up any grubby marks. It will also look great from the outside in too.
Investigate what’s happening on the roof.
Roofs can be very complicated, because not only do they cost an awful lot to make, but they are also rather tricky to get to if you’re not one that’s used to heights. But it’s very important that every now and again you have a look up there. If you do find it difficult to climb up a ladder yourself, ask someone you know that doesn’t mind. Or if you have any binoculars, you can use them to have a look from the safety of the ground. Essentially you just want to see whether everything looks as it should. Keep your eye open for any missing tiles or slabs, or anything out of the ordinary. If you are worried, then call a professional to take a look. The last thing you want is a crack or open hole, as this can lead to problems inside the house as drafts can form. And if the weather is rather miserable and you are met with rain or even snow, this can make the interior get very damp, and that can then turn into mold, which can get very serious very quickly. So always stay on top of what’s going on up above, that way you will notice if and when there are any changes.
Now that you have a few different ideas to think about, you can start implementing them into your own routine. Remember that having a gorgeous exterior isn’t always about looking the best – it’s about functioning the best. If you already have a house that you bought pretty much perfect, then certain suggestions won’t apply to you that much, but it’s still good to have an idea as to what should be looked out for and kept in mind for the future. The most important thing overall is that your home is a safe place, and also somewhere that makes you feel genuinely happy to be in. If you have those two things, then everything else is a mere bonus.
Our contributor today offers some great advice on sprucing up the home’s exterior. Adding a couple of ideas to my fall to-do list. How about you?