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Home Tips: Choosing Exterior Paint Colors

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Choosing exterior paint colors for your home can be nerve-wracking. The color of the exterior of your house is one of the most public design decisions you will ever make. Given the fact that it will add value and beauty to your home, outdoor paint color plays an essential role in how potential buyers will perceive your house. If you get it right, your home will look naturally beautiful. If you get the color wrong, your home will become an eyesore in the neighborhood. But with thousands of exterior paint colors available, it can be a daunting task to choose the right one for your walls. Below are some helpful tips to get you started with the confidence that the final paint job is one that you—and your neighbors—will be pleased with.

Common mistakes homeowners make when choosing exterior paint colors:

Accenting unattractive elements such as gutters, downspouts, a protruding garage door, air conditioning units, unevenly placed windows, etc.

Ignoring neighboring houses: your color scheme choice should not clash with the neighbor’s house — it’s a lose-lose situation. Choose a scheme that blends with the neighborhood or stands out in a subtle, unobtrusive manner.

Landscaping counts: consider trees that change color, flowering shrubs, flower gardens when selection colors, for compatibility. Heavily wooded lots will make colors look darker due to shade; also could camouflage homes, so attention to detail is needed. Greens are not a good choice in this situation.

Opportunities commonly missed when selecting and placing colors on home exteriors:

Color makes a first impression, an individual statement and can enhance curb appeal and even resale value; a creative scheme versus the more typical white could be an opportunity to make that first impression.

Don’t overlook interesting architectural detailing; it can often sparkle with a contrasting or accent color.

Be observant: drive through various neighborhoods, established and new, to see color in action. Make note of appealing color schemes and consider adapting them to your own home.

Assuming no structural work is needed, color/paint is the most cost-effective approach to changing the appearance of a home.

Define the entryway by using color as a "Welcome" sign.

Windows are an opportunity: they give character to a house. Outlining them lends crispness to the color scheme.

Steps homeowners should take to eliminate surprises and gain confidence with color:

Consider the colors that can’t change (for example, elements such as roofing shingles, and brick, slate, and stone accents or features) and use these elements as color resources because there are numerous shades and hues in building materials. A charcoal gray shingle for example could have flecks of gray-green or gray blue that could be found on a paint color strip or incorporated into the color scheme.

Examine color samples outdoors, at various angles and different times of the day. Consider buying small quantities of desired colors and paint a section of the house where body, trim and accent colors can be viewed together.

Pay attention to geography, specifically the intensity of the sun. Intense sun washes out colors, so brighter colors are suitable in sunbelt areas but might stand out like a sore thumb in northern locations.

A few rules about color placement on a home:

A large home on a small lot painted white or a light color - for instance, a tinted neutral - can make the house seem larger and the lot seem smaller. Dark colors can make a home look smaller but more substantial.

A safe and effective approach to color placement is to select two tints or shades from the same color strip a few shades apart. Either the lighter or the darker shade could be used for the body and the opposite for the trim. A contrasting accent color could punctuate the door. Lighter colors on a porch will make a home feel more "approachable" and welcoming.

Height can be scaled down by painting the upper portion of a tall house a deeper tone than the bottom portion (reverse trim color). This is also effective on a small lot or when landscaping is immature. Conversely, a darker color on the lower portion grounds the house to the earth.

Light or white is a good choice for windowsills for reflection of the sun’s heat and light. Light colors advance in space; dark colors recede. If a house is placed far away from the curb, painting it a light color will visually bring it forward.

Be judicious with accent colors, but certainly accentuate the positive.

Why are white and light colors so popular?

Traditionally, white and light colors were perceived to be safe choices. However, as consumers have gained more confidence with color, and as a broader spectrum of colors have been made available for exterior use, those "traditional" approaches are changing. Today, tinted neutrals that play off landscaping and other building materials are increasingly being used, as are midtone values of neutrals.

 

-Content for this post is from the Color Experts at Sherwin-Williams: Exterior Color Selection Tips for Homeowners-

 

Lady House Doctors specializes in all areas of paint preparation, interior/exterior painting and staining. Call 203-493-6569 for a free estimate on your next project.

The Most Cost Effective Home Renovations in 2017

 

There are multiple reasons to remodel your home—whether you are looking to add space or cut energy costs, many renovations are done to increase the overall home value, particularly if you plan to sell in the near future.

Remodeling can not only renew your net interest, it can also make every one of your rooms more functional and aesthetically pleasing. Adding fresh paint, upgrading your kitchen cabinets, or converting your unfinished basement into a living space will not only add square footage and increase the resale value, but your home will instantly feel fresh and clean making it more suitable for the future now.

Most home renovations will increase the home’s value, but for some the increase will not cover the entire renovation cost. Different renovations have various returns on investment (ROI). It’s helpful to know which renovations yield the best return when making decisions for your home. Here’s the list of the most cost effective home renovations for 2017, according to Remodeling’s Cost vs. Value Report.

  1. Fiberglass attic insulation has the highest ROI at 107.7%, and is also one of the least costly renovations listed. While it won’t necessarily raise your home’s value by thousands of dollars, it will lower your energy costs and help you save money year after year.

  2. Steel entry door replacement is second on the list with a 90.7% return. Most entry door replacements will yield at least a small energy savings because new doors are more airtight, and steel entry doors offer greater safety.

  3. Manufactured stone veneer offers the third highest ROI at 89.4% of cost recouped. It’s a simple and affordable way to add extra curb appeal to your home. It can hide flaws under siding, cover cement foundations, and can even be used to cover the entirety of your home for a more rustic or natural look. Take a look at our gallery to see one of our recent stone veneer projects.

  4. A Minor kitchen remodel offers an 80.2% return on resale value, but if appliances are replaced with updated efficiency models, energy savings could help you recoup even more of the cost. An updated kitchen is one of the bestselling features of a home, according to the National Association of Realtors.

  5. A fiberglass entry door replacement has an ROI of 77.8% and offers up to four times the insulating value of wood. These doors offer beautiful wood-grain or smooth finish looks, and require minimal maintenance.

  6. Garage door replacement has an ROI of 76.9.0% of cost recouped, so if your garage door has stopped working properly or looks aged and worn, this could be a renovation that adds function as well as some energy savings.

  7. Siding replacement offers a 76.9% return and can make a quick and dramatic change to your home’s appearance.

  8. A deck addition (wood) has a return of 71.5%, expands your overall living space, provides a popular gathering place for guests and costs much less than what it would to add a new room.

  9. A basement remodel offers a 70.0% ROI and can have a cost savings of up to one-third less than an above ground addition. Even though living space above ground is worth more in the long run, basements already have a floor, walls, wiring, plumbing and a roof—making it very easy and affordable to renovate.

Lady House Doctors offers a variety of home renovations to help homeowners meet their goals and needs. Call 203-493-6569 for a free estimate on your next project.

 

There are multiple reasons to remodel your home—whether you are looking to add space or cut energy costs, many renovations are done to increase the overall home value, particularly if you plan to sell in the near future.

Remodeling can not only renew your net interest, it can also make every one of your rooms more functional and aesthetically pleasing. Adding fresh paint, upgrading your kitchen cabinets, or converting your unfinished basement into a living space will not only add square footage and increase the resale value, but your home will instantly feel fresh and clean making it more suitable for the future now.

Most home renovations will increase the home’s value, but for some the increase will not cover the entire renovation cost. Different renovations have various returns on investment (ROI). It’s helpful to know which renovations yield the best return when making decisions for your home. Here’s the list of the most cost effective home renovations for 2017, according to Remodeling’s Cost vs. Value Report.

Fiberglass attic insulation has the highest ROI at 107.7%, and is also one of the least costly renovations listed. While it won’t necessarily raise your home’s value by thousands of dollars, it will lower your energy costs and help you save money year after year.

Steel entry door replacement is second on the list with a 90.7% return. Most entry door replacements will yield at least a small energy savings because new doors are more airtight, and steel entry doors offer greater safety.

Manufactured stone veneer offers the third highest ROI at 89.4% of cost recouped. It’s a simple and affordable way to add extra curb appeal to your home. It can hide flaws under siding, cover cement foundations, and can even be used to cover the entirety of your home for a more rustic or natural look. Take a look at our gallery to see one of our recent stone veneer projects.

A Minor kitchen remodel offers an 80.2% return on resale value, but if appliances are replaced with updated efficiency models, energy savings could help you recoup even more of the cost. An updated kitchen is one of the bestselling features of a home, according to the National Association of Realtors.

A fiberglass entry door replacement has an ROI of 77.8% and offers up to four times the insulating value of wood. These doors offer beautiful wood-grain or smooth finish looks, and require minimal maintenance.

Garage door replacement has an ROI of 76.9.0% of cost recouped, so if your garage door has stopped working properly or looks aged and worn, this could be a renovation that adds function as well as some energy savings.

Siding replacement offers a 76.9% return and can make a quick and dramatic change to your home’s appearance.

A deck addition (wood) has a return of 71.5%, expands your overall living space, provides a popular gathering place for guests and costs much less than what it would to add a new room.

A basement remodel offers a 70.0% ROI and can have a cost savings of up to one-third less than an above ground addition. Even though living space above ground is worth more in the long run, basements already have a floor, walls, wiring, plumbing and a roof—making it very easy and affordable to renovate.

 

Lady House Doctors offers a variety of home renovations to help homeowners meet their goals and needs. Call 203-493-6569 for a free estimate on your next project.

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As a female home improvement contractor in a male-dominated field, I started Lady House Doctors with the knowledge that anyone can take the lead on a home improvement project. From planning, to buying the products to actually doing the work, Lady House Doctors shows just how women are not afraid to get their hands dirty. Being well known for our willingness to tackle pretty much any home renovation project you can think of (and we have!), we can give the guys a run for their money when it comes to talent, our attention to detail and our impressive collection of power tools.

Changing the face of the home improvement industry is just the beginning. In the spirit of paying it forward, we hope to empower, not only women, but anyone who wants to finish their own project. Lady House Doctors aspires to be a trusted name in home improvement and a resource of information to inspire your next project. In future blog posts, we’ll have topics on must do seasonal projects and tips, how-tos, answers to common customer questions, and creative ideas. Follow along to learn how to build a table, finish your wood floor, paint like a pro or even fix a leaky faucet. With an honest look at home improvement, Lady House Doctors will show you how real people can make good homes better.

-Kelly Sopoliga [Owner]

As a female home improvement contractor in a male-dominated field, I started Lady House Doctors with the knowledge that anyone can take the lead on a home improvement project. From planning, to buying the products to actually doing the work, Lady House Doctors shows just how women are not afraid to get their hands dirty. Being well known for our willingness to tackle pretty much any home renovation project you can think of (and we have!), we can give the guys a run for their money when it comes to talent, our attention to detail and our impressive collection of power tools.

Changing the face of the home improvement industry is just the beginning. In the spirit of paying it forward, we hope to empower, not only women, but anyone who wants to finish their own project. Lady House Doctors aspires to be a trusted name in home improvement and a resource of information to inspire your next project. In future blog posts, we’ll have topics on must do seasonal projects and tips, how-tos, answers to common customer questions, and creative ideas. Follow along to learn how to build a table, finish your wood floor, paint like a pro or even fix a leaky faucet. With an honest look at home improvement, Lady House Doctors will show you how real people can make good homes better.

-Kelly Sopoliga [Owner]