Our attention is usually focused on the interior of our home. But now that the warmer weather is approaching, this is a great time to start focusing on your home’s exterior.
It’s easy to neglect the outside of our home, especially the porch, but this is often a place that requires extra attention especially if you’ve experienced a harsh winter or it hasn’t been spruced up in a while.
Whether you want a porch to sit on and enjoy the sunshine, or simply decorate with flowers to create a warm welcome to your home, there are many simple ways to revamp your porch area. Here are a few ideas if you’re looking for inspiration!
One of the most affordable and simple ways to give your porch a face-lift is to paint it. Give the railings and decking a fresh coat of paint if necessary. And if you want something with extra impact you could always inject some brighter colours into the mix. Paint your wooden benches a summery yellow or red, or keep it simple and go all white for a more pristine look.
Re-do the staircase
Our porches actually get a lot of wear, especially the staircase. If your porch is quite old or if it’s damaged, call in your local contractor to assess the condition. Wood can rot over time, especially if it hasn’t been treated, and this can cause the structure to weaken. When you’re using the staircase every day you want to make sure that it’s safe and that the wood won’t ever give way. Ensure the staircase railings are safe and secure too.
Add furniture and plants
There are so many simple ways to revamp your porch using just furniture and plants. Depending on the size of the area, you could add a coffee table and chairs, a small sofa, or perhaps even a swing. Large planters look really great on porches, as well as hanging plants, to add more greenery to the front of your home. Large bell jars, wreaths, outdoor pillows and light fixtures are also nice ways to revitalize your space. If you are installing large, heavy plant pots, make sure your decking is sturdy and safe, and if you suspect any rot or weakening, get it looked at immediately by your contractor.
Revive your porch before summer kicks in so you can completely enjoy the front of your home and soak in the sunshine! Get in touch with us today to chat more about ideas or if you’re looking for a contractor in the Greater Vancouver area.