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Seven Simple (but Important) Things to Remember About Exterior Home Renovations

Ready to Make a Change?

You’re not alone. Interior and exterior home renovations have seen a significant increase in spending in recent years.

According to HousingWire, remodeling spending reached $172 billion in 2018, with a prediction that spending will rise by 1.6% in 2019, and 1.1% in 2020 for owner-occupied, single-family homes. 

Homeowners are finally embracing the idea of making their house a “home,” and looking to add personal touches and improvements to their space. In the past, most homeowners sought to renovate a single room in the house, such as a bathroom, kitchen or bedroom, but the scope is now expanding. According to HomeAdvisors’ True Cost Report of the top ten most requested home improvements, six of the ten were exterior home renovations.

Beginning any home improvement project is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming if you are unprepared. When you work with us at Darlington Designs, we take all of the stress and burden off of you by providing a “one-stop-shop” for all of your renovation needs. From conception and design to execution and build, we will be there every step of the way. 

We take pride in working with our clients and educating them on any processes that they are unsure of, but we encourage homeowners to do a bit of homework and research before beginning this process. 

Seven Important Tips to Remember When Beginning an Exterior Home Renovation

Below, we delve into seven simple tips that are crucial to remember when preparing to begin an exterior home renovation

Tip #1: Have a Plan

It all starts with an idea, right? It is important to have a vision for your renovation project. What are you looking to do? What do you want it to look like? What style do you want it to emulate? 

These are all important questions to start asking, and a great way to gain inspiration is by looking through photos and galleries online. You can look through digital magazines or even our collection of previous works. Once you have a solid framework for your idea or vision, it gives us a great foundation to base our designs off of. 

Tip #2: Set a Budget

Once you know what you want to do and how you want it to look, next we have to figure out how to get it done within your budget. This is one of the most critical preparations to do before starting an exterior home renovation project. 

Remember to be realistic when setting a budget for the project. It is very easy to get carried away with your vision and spend a lot more than intended. If you set realistic expectations at the start of the project, it gives you better chances of sticking to it. Luckily in today’s construction arena, there are many materials and building options that allow us to remain budget-friendly without sacrificing your aesthetic vision.

Tip #3: Prepare the Home and Make Arrangements

Depending on what type of exterior home renovation project you are doing, the length and severity of impact on your current living situation can vary. If you are repaving your driveway, the cars will have to stay out of the garage and you will not be able to walk on your driveway for a few days. If you are adding an additional room onto your house, however, that can impact your interior living conditions for a few weeks to over a month. 

To combat the inevitable inconveniences that come with home renovation projects, we will go over in detail what to expect and tips for how you can minimize the impact on you and your family’s daily lives. We will do our best to be the least intrusive as we can be. 

Tip #4: Consider Renovations with the Best Return on Investment (ROI)

Detailed look at covered patio, showcasing chairs, tv, fireplace, and overhead heaters. We understand that some renovations are necessary (i.e., from damage or repairs), but some are by choice. If by choice, it may be worth considering which exterior home renovation projects will provide the best ROI and add value to your home. 

According to FortuneBuilders, these are the exterior home renovation projects with the best ROI today

    • Exterior Paint
    • New Siding
    • Outdoor Kitchen
    • Outdoor Patio
    • Fire Pits
    • Garage Door Replacement
    • Roofing Replacement
    • Entry Replacement
    • Manufactured Stone Veneer
    • Landscaping
Tip #5: Landscaping Is One of the Most Valuable and Cost-Effective Exterior Home Renovations

According to HGTV, well-maintained landscaping can increase your home’s value up to 10%. We offer a wide range of landscaping services, from the basic necessities (such as grass, greenery, and flowers) to the more intricate outdoor projects (such as hardscaping and outdoor lighting).

Tip #6: Consider the Weather and Seasons

Depending on where you live, the seasons (and the weather that comes with them) could all play huge factors in determining when you start a home renovation project. The type, length, and complexity of the project will also play factors in this decision. 

For example, if you’re building a pool, it would make sense to time its completion with the beginning of summer, so you can make the most of your new purchase. Another example would be if you’re planning on doing a lengthy exterior home renovation project, you may not want it to coincide with the holidays because of the impact it can have on foot traffic, travel, parties, and/or decorations. 


We always keep clear and open channels of communication when working with our clients, keeping them informed every step of the way. However, if you ever have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, we encourage you to always speak up and have a discussion with your contractor (whether us or another resource). Your happiness is our top priority (and we imagine it’s yours too!).

Darlington Designs Is Ready to Get Started On Your Exterior Home Renovation

Are you? 

Contact us today at info@darlington-designs.com or call us at 856-442-0440. We proudly serve local neighborhoods in southern New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia region. 

Also, feel free to contact us via our project forms on our site. The project forms can be found at the bottom of our Outdoor Living and Construction pages.