Melton Design Build, Inc.


May 2012

Exterior Remodeling Projects That Make a Difference

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Exterior Remodeling Projects
That Make a Difference

Exterior home remodelingWhat's the Return on Investment (ROI) on exterior remodeling? New curb appeal, resale value, daily enjoyment, greater functionality and – if you do it right – significant savings in energy costs and maintenance as well.

Resale value isn't the only reason to think about exterior remodeling. Curb appeal also means having an attractive, well-cared-for house that welcomes you home every day of the year. How welcoming is your own home? Exterior remodeling can make all the difference. Best of all, whether you're thinking of a major exterior remodeling project or small improvements, today's new materials can help you build in lower energy costs and maintenance at the same time you're enhancing your home's attractiveness and eventual resale value.

Why invest in exterior remodeling?

  • Exterior remodeling can be a part of another remodeling job, such as a home addition. Instead of just having the extra room "stuck" on, the entire exterior of the home is remodeled to integrate the new living space with the existing structure.
  • Resale value prompts homeowners to use exterior remodeling to improve curb appeal and update the look of the home. Adding a new entry door, for example, is a popular upgrade that continues to give homeowners a high ROI in terms of resale.
  • Repairs and replacements often lead to more extensive exterior remodeling. For example, when replacing old windows, homeowners can rethink not only the type of window, but the sizes and shapes – transforming those 1960s picture windows into French doors, Palladian arches or even Craftsman-styled windows and transforming the home's exterior to match the new style.
  • Enjoyment is also a big factor. Homeowners may like the idea of exterior remodeling as a quick way to give their home a different look, adding a friendly front porch, covered entry or new deck and outdoor living room.

What types of exterior remodeling projects make the biggest difference?

From adding new shutters and trim, to completely redesigning the façade, all types of exterior remodeling projects make a difference to the look of your home. Some projects can also make a difference to how much you spend on home energy and how much time, money and effort it takes to maintain your home. Let's take a look at just a few of these "double duty" home exterior remodeling ideas.

Exterior surface. If you're tired of painting wood siding or it's time to replace vinyl siding, stone and brick can dramatically change the look of your home. Exterior remodeling materials like these last a lifetime and require very little maintenance. If you don't want the look of brick or stone (or the cost), new types of siding offer attractive options. Fiber-cement siding, for instance, is guaranteed for 50 years, insects can't bore into it, and it actually serves as an extra layer of insulation for your home – which can lower your heating and cooling costs.

Exterior home remodelingWindows, Doors and Skylights. In addition to giving your home a fresh "look," new windows can improve your home's energy efficiency. Plus, redesigning the way windows and skylights are placed – and even incorporating products like solar lighting tubes – can help you use natural daylight to significantly reduce your lighting bill. Remember, however, that just buying new windows and doors won't automatically reduce energy costs. If they're not properly installed as part of a professional exterior remodeling job, you can still find yourself paying to heat or cool the great outdoors.

Roofing. Having a new roof certainly improves curb appeal and pays off during a home inspection if you're trying to sell your home. Even if you're not selling anytime soon, a new roof pays off in less worry during storms. While you're at it, you may want to consider remodeling the roof line to add dormers, extend the roof over a patio, or create a new covered entry way. Plus, even small changes in the roof line can transform the character of your home, giving an ordinary ranch or split level the charm of a country cottage or a sleek modern profile. Roofing materials can include anything from terra cotta tiles and slate, to cedar shakes and standard asphalt shingles. But even if you choose shingles, today's choices include all-new colors. That's important for energy costs because a hot dark roof conducts heat into the home's interior, running up your air-conditioning bill. In fact, a cool light roof may be able to save you as much as 15% on energy costs.

The bottom line is that even if you're not thinking about selling your home, exterior remodeling can be well worth the investment – paying you back with daily enjoyment, greater functionality and – if you do it right – significant savings in energy and maintenance as well.

Melton Gives Thanks

Melton Design Build would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to
Michael & Pam Sousa
for being continuous supporters of Melton who refer us to their friends and neighbors on a regular basis. Thanks Mike and Pam!

Ty's Tip: Just Add Water – But Not Too Much!

Using less water in your landscaping and garden saves both money and a valuable resource. Here are some ideas for reducing the water needed in your yard:

  • Plan your landscaping using native plants as well as alternatives to grass, such as gravel, rocks, mulch and paths;
  • Group plants by their water requirements and try to keep those that need more moisture in shady areas of the yard;
  • To decrease evaporation, water when it's cool (early in the day, but not at night which encourages fungus and mildew) and use mulch;
  • Set your mower as high as possible to leave grass longer, which shades the roots and reduces evaporation.

Ty MeltonSee you next month!

Ty Melton

Ty Melton, President


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5075 Chaparral Ct. #3
Boulder, CO 80301


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