Ducks 'n a Row: What's a Castle Without a Moat? Putting the Finishing Touches to Your Home's Exterior

19 December 2013

What's a Castle Without a Moat? Putting the Finishing Touches to Your Home's Exterior

The joys of having your own home aren't just about what's on the inside. Instead, it's also an opportunity to make the most of the outside so that your neighbors and everyone else know how much you love your house and want the entire property to look fantastic. After all, what's a castle without a moat to surround it and make it stand out? Here are some finishing touches that you can add to the outdoor area of your home. Whether you are looking to increase its resale value, or simply add some more elements that will make you enjoy it while you are living there, these choices can really add some flair to your home.

Fencing and Driveway Gates
Just because you love your outdoor area, doesn't mean that you want to have uninvited guests over all of the time. Having fencing around your home will not only keep out your neighbors, but it'll also give you a more privacy around your home. A driveway gate is another great option that will provide you with extra space to park your car, but block others out from getting to close inside your property. Fencing can be a weekend DIY project that you can do on your own, or even a project that you can share with a neighbor.

Landscaping the Garden 
Landscaping has tremendous payouts to your home’s exterior. The saying that first impressions speak for themselves is very true, even with your home. Therefore, having a beautiful garden and trees will complement the overall look of your house. The best part is that a garden can also be a very functional part of your home. Gardening is a great hobby for your free time, and you can also plant edible items that you can eat after they have fully grown.

Adding a deck to your home will add value, as well as living space. A deck affords you the opportunity to throw rocking parties that your neighbors won't soon forget. And even if you want just a quiet night with the family, you can have an excellent BBQ under the stars of a warm summer night with your brand new deck. And if you went ahead and installed a deck like suggested before, you won't have to worry about your neighbors creeping in and asking what's for dinner.

Outdoor Blinds
While you are building that outdoor area that includes a deck, be sure to also consider installing outdoor blinds. Outdoor blinds add great physical appeal to a home, aside from just ordinary window seals. If you live in a high storm area, such as Southeast America, you can also close your outdoor blinds during dangerous weather conditions to assure that your windows won't be damaged. However, even when they aren't protecting your home, they'll be adding plenty of aesthetics to the overall look of the outside of your home.

Glass Pool Fencing
Having a pool can be an awesome addition to your backyard. If your friends aren't already asking to come over and enjoy the deck and barbeque area, they'll certainly be bugging you to come take a dip in your pool. However, as fun as a pool is, it can also be quite dangerous. Therefore, you can add safety measures to it by installing glass pool fencing around the pool area. Glass pool fencing won't take away from the physical appeal of having a pool, but it will add a level of safety for those who have children, or just friends who end up finding their way in the pool after a few Mai Thais.

When the neighbors have left and the kids have gone to sleep, consider the pleasure that you would get from having a gazebo. A gazebo is another DIY project that you can do on your own, and it'll surely add plenty of appeal to an otherwise bland backyard. And depending on how elaborate your backyard garden is, putting a gazebo right in the middle would be the perfect addition to an unforgettable backyard.

Having your own home provides for plenty of luxuries that you can have on the inside. But also part of having your own home is taking pride in the way it looks on the outside as well. 

With a bit of elbow grease and some imagination, you can turn the outdoor area of your home into a sanctuary that will be the envy of all of your neighbors. The ideas on this list are the perfect finishing touches for your home’s exterior.

Matthew Suter is Managing Director of Fencemakers, a leading provider of Gates and Fencing in Perth, WA. Find Matthew on Google+.

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