5 Foolproof Ideas to Make Your Home Stand Out This Spring

5 Foolproof Ideas to Make Your Home Stand Out

Your home’s exterior and landscaping are what passersby and potential homebuyers first see, so curb appeal can go a long way to increase your property’s worth and wow your neighbors, not to mention that it can instill in you a profound sense of satisfaction. No matter the reason(s) you want to make your home stand out, here are five foolproof ways of doing so.

Spruce Up Your Lawn

Spring is just around the corner, and you couldn’t ask for a better time to give your landscaping a boost. If you have neglected your lawn, you can give it a greener appearance by re-sodding the bare spots, removing pesky weeds, applying fertilizer, and watering it regularly.

Plant Flowers for a Boost of Color

Flowers not only add vibrant color to your yard, but they also attract fluttery creatures such as butterflies and birds, making your yard livelier. If you don’t like to do a lot of yard work, a flowerbed with perennials that bloom every year is an excellent, inexpensive idea.

Give Your Siding a Good Clean

Before you get to cleaning your siding, make sure that you have repaired any damage, such as cracked boards or trims, that, over time, can make your investment vulnerable to moisture infiltration. Get into the habit of cleaning your siding yearly to remove any grit or grime that has accumulated on the surfaces. Using warm, soapy water, trisodium phosphate (TSP), and a soft-bristled brush, work in sections scrubbing your siding and rinse as you complete each section.

Add Colorful Accents

There are many ways to add personality to your garden other than garden gnomes. You could add an inexpensive wind spinner, a beautiful hand-crafted garden statue, or a whimsical wind chime to add color and an element of fun to your yard.

Add Outdoor Lighting

If your outdoor lighting consists of that sole porch light, it’s time to change things up. After all, you’ve spruced up your lawn, planted flowers, given your siding a good scrub and rinse, and even added colorful accents. Highlight the results of all your hard work and feel that sense of pride and accomplishment even after it starts to get dark by installing outdoor lighting on your property.

How do you plan on boosting your property’s curb appeal this spring? Tell us in the comments section below!

How to Use Outdoor Lighting to Increase Curb Appeal at Night

Pride of ownership is evident when you come across a beautiful, well-maintained home, surrounded by a tastefully landscaped garden. If you’re a homeowner who’s worked diligently at the upkeep and improvement of your property and its grounds, using outdoor lighting can help you show off their beauty well past sunset.

Highlight decorative elements, plants, and shrubs

If your home features architectural details such as an intricate column or if your garden boasts an exquisite statue or fountain that you’re particularly proud of, using directional lighting, such as our stunning Brass Low Voltage Directional Lighting, pointed in the direction of the element you want to accentuate will make it stand out at night.

To highlight the texture of a stone or brick wall, you can use a lighting technique known as grazing by placing your light fixtures right next to the structure with the light directed upwards, casting a delicate shadow.

You can also use spot lighting to show off impressive plants and shrubs in your yard. Use a combination of lighting techniques, such as uplighting, moonlighting, shadowing, and silhouetting to create drama. Well lighting is an excellent choice if you seek to create intrigue and would like to experiment with light and shadows.

Illuminate stairs and walkways

Well-lit pathways and stairs don’t only create a welcoming atmosphere, but they also make your space safer, preventing accidental trips in the dark and deterring potential intruders from entering your property.

By using both path lighting and step deck lighting, you can illuminate high traffic areas of your garden. While it’s important to have an adequate amount of fixtures to provide sufficient lighting for your space, be careful not to place too many lights too close together, which can result in your yard resembling a runway rather than improving nighttime curb appeal. Refer to the photo above to see a good example of how just a few lighting fixtures can beautify your walkways.

Use underwater lighting for pools and ponds

There is no denying that pools and ponds completely disappear without lighting at night. To continue to enjoy their beauty after sunset, install underwater lights that will not only add an element of playfulness and a captivating glow to your backyard but will also make sure that your water features are visible at night, preventing someone from accidentally falling into your pool.

Make sure to pick professional-quality, preferably LED, lights that are completely sealed and specifically designed to be submerged in water.

How do you use outdoor lighting to increase your property’s curb appeal at night? Tell us in the comments section below.

5 Tips to Make Your Backyard More Enjoyable During the Winter

5 Tips to Make Your Backyard More Enjoyable During the Winter

Spending time outdoors has a multitude of benefits, boosting our mood, creativity, and vitality. During the winter months, however, most people tend to spend more time inside their homes, neglecting outdoor activities. A simple and convenient way of incorporating more outdoor time in your everyday life is to take advantage of your exterior living areas. Here are five tips to make your backyard more enjoyable during the winter.

Install a source of heat to create warmth

Let’s address the main issue: the cold! Yes, in many parts of the country, temperatures plummet drastically, making spending time in your backyard the last thing you’d want to do in the winter. Installing a source of heat, such as a patio heater or an outdoor fireplace, will make your space much more inviting and provide you with warmth at any time of the day. A hot tub can also significantly increase the appeal of your backyard during the colder months.

Incorporate winter plants to add greenery and color to your backyard

There is no denying that a yard devoid of plants and life doesn’t quite lift the spirits in the same way as one with blooming flowers and fluttering butterflies. But, there is no reason to despair. The good news is that there exists a multitude of plants that can resist, and even thrive, in the cold. Visit your local nursery and ask an expert which flowers and shrubs you can grow in your area in the winter. Adding them to your garden will add oodles of vibrancy to your yard, increasing your enjoyment.

Make your yard appealing to birds

We’ve addressed how to bring life to your yard by adding greenery, but what about the liveliness that the birds and little critters produce by their mere presence and activity? While the greenery will go a long way in making your yard more appealing to these wonderful creatures, there are many other ways to attract birds, including installing a bird feeder or a heated bird-bath.

Plan fun backyard activities

There are many ways to have fun with your family outdoors in the winter. You can plan a fun evening of hot chocolate and smores around the fireplace. Everyone can grab a cozy blanket and gather in the garden or on the deck for story time. What about a dip in the hot tub to spend a few hours relaxing outdoors? And if you’re lucky enough to have snow in your backyard, what better way to have fun than spending the day building a snowman and making snow angels? The options are endless!

Use outdoor lighting to extend your enjoyment into the evening

Since the days are shorter during the winter, many of us often only have a few hours, if we’re lucky, to enjoy the daylight after a hard day’s work. Outdoor lighting can not only increase visual appeal and safety of your property at night, but it can also enable you to spend more time outdoors. Installing a combination of garden lighting, directional lighting, path and area lighting, well lighting, and deck lighting allows you to extend your enjoyment well past sunset.

We hope you enjoyed these ideas. Tell us what you plan on doing to spend more time outdoors with your family this winter.