Curb Appeal7 min

Choosing Outdoor Elements Based on Your Home’s Exterior

Enhancing your home’s exterior with well-chosen outdoor elements is an easy way to boost curb appeal. Whether you have a ranch or a Victorian, here are some tips to give your home a whole new look.

Choosing Hardscape Materials

The two or three materials used to construct patios, walkways, walls and other elements of a hardscape should not just coordinate with each other, but also with any stone or brick accents on the exterior of a home. Look at the primary colors in the exterior brick or stone, and make sure the colors in the hardscape materials complement these colors.

Choosing Outdoor Lighting

Well-placed landscape lighting adds emphasis to the most beautiful features of your home and gives a pleasant glow to any property. Is your home’s architecture elegant and stately? Clean and contemporary? Craftsman? Mediterranean? There are outdoor lights to suit almost any architectural style. Take cues from your home’s architecture in selecting fixtures that match its style.

Choosing Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor furniture that doesn’t fit with your home’s façade is anything but relaxing. If you have an exterior that is darker in color, select outdoor furniture in a lighter color. If your siding is a shade of white or another neutral, consider a darker furniture finish. Homes accented in contemporary stone veneers look great paired with sleek and modern furniture styles. You can’t get any more traditional than lap siding, which looks great paired with iconic rocking chairs.

outdoor furniture options based on your home exterior

Choosing Landscaping

Determine if your site is best suited to a formal or informal landscape. Formal landscaping includes strong lines with uniform plants and symmetrical plantings. Informal designs are more free-flowing, with asymmetrical elements and plants that are less structured. In addition, think about what trees and shrubs will look like when they reach maturity. Don’t plant anything that could block the view of your home from the street.

Create a Custom Look

Thanks to its broad product line, LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding products offer the versatility to achieve stunning exteriors with ease, whether you want a classic aesthetic or a modern look. All LP products are manufactured with the proprietary SmartGuard® process to enhance strength and offer exceptional protection against termites and fungal decay. That’s the beauty of working with treated engineered wood trim and siding.

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Trends3 min

5 Using the Right Siding for Your Modern Home

The modern house design is marked by its simple, yet sophisticated style—a bold rebellion against the ornate Victorian and Edwardian-style homes of the 19th century. Built between 1900 and the late 1950s, modern homes feature intentional asymmetry, strong horizontal composition and large expanses of glass. Inspired by the demand for improved living and entertaining, modern homes feature open layouts and include elements of favorite architectural styles such as Arts and Crafts and ranch.

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Curb Appeal5 min
16 r 4 Tips to Harmonize Your Home’s Exterior and Outdoor Color Scheme

Summer outdoor entertaining season is officially here! Ensure the atmosphere is just right for guests by creating eye-pleasing symmetry among your home’s exterior, landscaping and outdoor elements. And much of that eye-pleasing symmetry starts with a harmonious color palette. One of the best (and easiest) ways to ensure your home’s exterior and outdoor color scheme is working together? Buy a color wheel at an art supply or home improvement store to effortlessly reference color cohesion before getting started on any projects (however big or small).

Renovation5 min
18 r What’s a HELOC and How Can it Finance Your Next Remodel?

U.S. homeowners have a record amount of available equity at their fingertips—more than $6 trillion to be exact—which is the highest volume ever recorded. Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOCs) can be used to cover a wide variety of expenses, like undertaking a much-needed remodeling project, paying off debt or even finally going on your dream vacation.

Curb Appeal5 min
19 Steps to Create a Welcoming Home Exterior

Most homeowners spend a considerable amount of time and money making their home’s interior inviting, but can sometimes fail to prioritize exterior upgrades. It’s important to ensure the home style design of your exterior offers the same welcoming atmosphere that your interior provides so guests feel your hospitability right from the curb.