Top ex­te­rior trends to in­spire your 2019 home projects

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE -

— Think­ing of adding a deck? How about re­plac­ing the tired, worn sid­ing on your house? Now that the weather is colder, it’s the per­fect time to curl up with a hot bev­er­age and start plan­ning your 2019 home projects so you can nail the bud­get and set­tle on the look you’re af­ter.

“Up­dat­ing your home’s ex­te­rior can make an older home look more mod­ern, but it can also make a new build feel warmer and more es­tab­lished,” says Kris­tine Swint, an in-house de­sign ex­pert at Royal Build­ing Prod­ucts. “Whether you plan to sell, or stay and en­joy your new fea­tures, any­thing you do to up­date the ex­te­rior can max­i­mize the value of your home.”

Swint shares these in­sights and tips that will help you get in­spired and plan your ex­te­rior home projects in 2019.

When some­one sug­gests a neu­tral tone for your ex­te­rior, do you think bor­ing beige and tepid taupe? When it comes to vinyl sid­ing, you may be pleas­antly sur­prised to dis­cover there’s a broad range of color and style choices to meet your taste and de­sign pref­er­ences, in­clud­ing soft grays, bolder mid-tone blues and warm earth-toned terra cot­tas.

“Go­ing neu­tral no longer means sac­ri­fic­ing style, or hav­ing your house look like all the oth­ers on the block,” Swint says. “To­day’s neu­trals con­vey warmth, com­fort and close­ness to na­ture — all traits we de­sire in a home.”

If you need help plan­ning your home’s new look, the HomePlay de­sign tool from Royal Build­ing Prod­ucts lets you ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent col­ors and sid­ing pro­files. To get started, visit HomePlay­byRoyal.com.

If you’ve de­cided this year is the year to add a deck or a pa­tio, don’t set­tle for an unin­spired open-air plat­form. To­day’s de­sign­ers are re­mak­ing the deck con­cept al­to­gether by bring­ing tra­di­tion­ally “in­door” ameni­ties out­side. Rugs, ar­bors and high-de­sign fur­ni­ture will turn your deck into an out­door liv­ing room. By adding a fire pit, por­ta­ble fur­nace or heater, you and your fam­ily can spend time on the deck year-round. For a fin­ish­ing touch, a floor-to-ceil­ing slid­ing glass door not only brings in more sun­light and nat­u­ral views, it cre­ates a seam­less tran­si­tion be­tween in­side and out­side.

But a great deck starts with high-qual­ity ma­te­ri­als, be­cause the last thing you want is to spend ex­ces­sive time and money on rou­tine main­te­nance. In­stead of us­ing nat­u­ral wood, opt for a pre­mium com­pos­ite deck­ing, such as Zuri Pre­mium Deck­ing, that com­bines the nat­u­ral beauty of ex­otic hard­wood with the un­sur­passed and ex­cep­tion­ally low-main­te­nance re­quire­ments of com­pos­ite ma­te­ri­als. If you’re in­ter­ested in learn­ing more, visit zuri.roy­al­build­ing­prod­ucts.com.

Home is where the heart is, right? So it makes per­fect sense to make it into a space where self-care is a pri­or­ity. That’s why well­ness and mind­ful­ness have be­come huge in­flu­ences in in­te­rior and ex­te­rior spa­ces, Swint says. To turn your back­yard into a re­treat space, con­sider ameni­ties like wa­ter fea­tures, zen gar­dens or even a shaded read­ing nook.

Garages and sheds can be more than a stor­age space for your lawn­mower and tools. These four walls hold many other pos­si­bil­i­ties, and home­own­ers have come up with cre­ative, free-time-ori­ented uses for these sim­ple back­yard struc­tures. The op­tions are only limited by your imag­i­na­tion: back­yard bar, out­door shower, or the clas­sic she-shed or man cave. You can even make it into a home of­fice for those telecom­mut­ing days. To dress up a plain shed, Swint says, add sid­ing with complementary trim, win­dows (and flower boxes), fin­ished with a sleek glass door.

Now that you have plenty of in­spi­ra­tion to trans­form your home’s ex­te­rior into a more invit­ing space, ex­plore your op­tions and visit roy­al­build­ing­prod­ucts.com.

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