Exterior Décor Trends for The Unique Home

Light Exterior Paint ColorsThe simplest and least-expensive way to refresh and rejuvenate your home is to repaint it.  There is nothing like a fresh coat of paint to make the house stand out from the others in the neighborhood.  No matter how often you power wash your bright-white trim it still looks a little dingy and cannot stand up to a fresh coat of paint.  If you’re ready to trudge down to the paint store to pick up that same-old, same-old exterior paint color for your repainting job, why not rethink those colors and instead be a little bold and innovative and go for a brand-new house color.  Why not let your home reflect a little of your own personality?  If you’re cautious and just a little timid about this undertaking, why not consult with a house painting contractor in Essex County, New Jersey to see if he has pointers on paint colors to assist you?  Who knows you might even let him take over that big painting project and leave yourself with a little R&R instead! Continue reading

Porch Remodeling Trends

Porch Remodeling

Porch Remodeling

Nothing is nicer than visiting with family and friends in the cozy atmosphere of your own front porch.  Back when you were growing up, you probably remember your folks sitting on the front porch on their webbed, fold-up chairs almost every night in the Summertime right after dinner and dishes were done.  Friends and family often stopped by and a gab session ensued until the fireflies came out.  Somehow that nightly tradition fell by the wayside and people started connecting and catching up first by e-mail, and now through Facebook.  It seems sometimes we have forgotten how to connect face-to-face.

Suddenly the concept of porch sitting is trending as people are reaching out to their neighbors, more than just once a year at the annual block party.

Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to have a porch large enough to accommodate an old-fashioned swing, a few rattan chairs with plumped-up pillows, and a table or two on which to place pitchers of iced tea or lemonade.

Additionally, the style of your home may not be conducive to adding a nice, big porch. Continue reading