What I Learned While Remodeling My HomeWhat I Learned While Remodeling My Home


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What I Learned While Remodeling My Home

Me and my wife bought a fixer-upper a few years ago with every intention on converting it into our dream home. The problem was, we were not nearly as skilled in home construction and remodeling as we thought we were. After a few failed projects, we needed to really take a step back and reevaluate our plan. We knew there was no money in the budget to hire a contractor to do everything, so there were some skills we were going to have to learn on our own. After several months of actively seeking out the information we needed to get the job done, we were finally able to successfully remodel the kitchen in our new house. While the house is still a work in progress, we are successfully accomplishing new tasks every day. In this blog, I hope to bring together all of the information we learned along the way.

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5 Simple Patio Makeover Ideas

Patios are such a pleasant part of your life. They afford you the chance to enjoy the outdoors without giving up your creature comforts. However, perhaps you haven't changed your patio in a while, and you feel it's time for an update. Your patio makeover doesn't have to be a radical overhaul. With a few simple updates, you can rejuvenate your patio.

Replace Your Patio Door

You might not realize just how much your patio doors affect the ambiance of your patio. If you'd like your patio to feel a little more elegant, consider having French doors installed. French doors are a classical design that feature panes of glass and even an arched top in some cases, which adds a chic effect to your space. As an added bonus, the doors open wide, making navigation between the kitchen and patio much easier.

Alter the Lighting

The optimal patio lighting is not always a bright, overhead light. In fact, the Landscaping Network suggests utilizing downlighting for a more subtle style of lighting. Downlighting is a good method for reducing light by directing the light only toward the intended area. Indeed, if you have a mature tree nearby, consider having a light peeking through the foliage onto the patio.

Add Plants

Plants add a further transition between the outdoors and indoors. Blur the lines by planting flowers, herbs or annuals in attractive containers and dotting them around the patio. Hanging plants can serve as a screen for the sun. An herb container garden near the grilling area is useful. Finally, consider training a fragrant flower such as jasmine or rose of a trellis to add scent to your space.

Rearrange the Furniture

Just like rearranging the furniture in your living room alters the space, so it goes with the patio. The big difference is that patios are often used for different activities. Use the furniture to define spaces for these activities. For instance, a bistro table and chairs near a selection of cushioned seating becomes a space for both dining and entertaining. Nestle a couple chaise lounges in a cozy corner with accent tables for a place to relax.

Include Color

Probably the simplest update for your patio is to change up the color scheme. If your patio is mostly neutral, consider adding bright colors with cushions, containers and a patio rug. Conversely, if your palette has always been bold, think about switching it. Set aside the Mediterranean colors for a while and replace them with ocean-style blues and greens, for example.

Changing your patio doors, rearranging the furniture and altering the lighting are relatively simple updates for your patio makeover.