Chicago Exterior Projects That Pack a Big Punch

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Exterior Renovations

Exterior renovations and additions can transform a home both decoratively and spaciously. Expanding on your home’s existing interior to enlarge the space, add personal style, or invest in a functional design (such as a fire pit or water fixture) can make your home feel more personalized, functional, and comfortable. Some homes may require a large renovation for safety and security, while some homeowners have a dream about creating specific room additions, outdoor patio creation or renovation, or hundreds of other options for renovation ideas. Knowing about some of these unique and exquisite options holds great importance when making a house a home.

Small Renovations

If you’re searching for a smaller project that can adhere any home to a desired style, enhance safety features, and improve aesthetic curb appeal – window and door replacements may be right for you. Countless homes are plagued with poorly made or aged doors and windows that do not fit the aesthetic or safety needs of a home; therefore, proper replacements are a great choice. Windows can be expanded to create a larger space, or reimagined to fit a specific design style such as midcentury, farmhouse, or Scandinavian; the options are limitless.

Door replacements can be a great safety feature when smart locks and camera doorbells are implemented; they can also create an ambiance that starts from the moment you step into your home. Door changes can be functional, color changes, style changes, (such as single or double doors), or expansions in size to better fit a space.

Some smaller outdoor renovations can also include adding planters, gardens, or flowerbeds to create a beautiful ambiance of natural décor, as well as creating benefits such as amazing aromas, a better flow of oxygen, and supplying oneself with fruits, vegetables, or herbs based on a client’s chosen garden. Gardens can range from smaller designs, best for apartments or temporary homes, such as window planters or potted plants that can move from place to place, to larger gardens such as in-ground garden beds or raised garden beds that can be built into a yard and create a sustainable and beneficial source of airflow, fruits and vegetables, and a great new hobby.

Adding A Firepit

One of the most common outdoor additions is adding a firepit to your front or backyard. Firepits come in a variety of styles based on functionality, style, and versatility. Opting for a fireplace can create a variety of benefits for those of all ages and walks of life. For those who enjoy the idea of an outdoor oasis with a place for friends to sit, relax, and enjoy each other’s company, a firepit is a great place to unwind and reconnect with those you love.

This addition also gives you the option to serve fireplace-friendly foods such as s’mores, hot dogs, or fruits and vegetables. This transforms your space into a meeting spot to stay connected with the outdoors as well as family, friends, and peers. Not only are firepits a great place to spend time with loved ones, but they also provide you with practical skills to build a small fire. You never know when that will come in handy! This addition is an easy project for any home that has benefits that can last a lifetime.

Adding An Outdoor Sound System

Many homeowners are also loving modern outdoor sound systems. This is a project that is invisible to the eye but can create a sanctuary of personalized sound. Outdoor sound systems can be implemented into any home, and incorporating them outdoors can be a great addition for homeowners who love to embrace their outdoor space. Whether it is a backyard barbecue blasting everyone’s favorite music, surround sound during an outdoor workout, or enhancing the activity of just sitting and relaxing in your backyard with your favorite songs, podcasts, or audiobooks playing around you.

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Large Renovations

Larger renovations are great additions that are not limited to superficial changes; they transform your home into a custom sanctuary and increase curb appeal, square footage, and the overall attractiveness of your home. Additionally, a proper roofing design can elevate your lifestyle and free you of worries about the durability of your home. The roof of your home is often overlooked in the design process, but it is a crucial structural component that deserves to be taken care of to ensure the safety and integrity of your home as well as add cohesive style to the exterior of your home.

Investing in high-quality roofing upgrades with expert craftsmanship increases the longevity of the quality of your home, adds an extra layer of protection to your interior, and adds a touch of sophistication when done well. Opting for a roofing structure that emphasizes the architecture of your home, and the uniqueness of your style enhances the overall attractiveness and makes any home look clean and well-maintained.

As the weather warms up, there is no better time to enhance your outdoor living space. Amplifying your outdoor space is a great way to stay in touch with nature, increase quality of life, and make entertaining and taking care of guests a beautiful outdoor experience. During the warmer months, it can be an enriching experience to connect with nature as you meet your daily meals. That is why an outdoor kitchen and barbecue area are a must-have for many homeowners.

In essence, an outdoor kitchen and barbecue area are more than just practical additions to your home; they are gateways that celebrate outdoor living and embrace the joys of cooking and dining al fresco. Creating this space can be celebratory of community, nature, and the simple enjoyment of cooking a quality meal with the ones you love. A space such as this can be dressed up with twinkling lights, patio seating, and your favorite music, enhancing your life with your community.

Personalize Your Outdoor Space

Personalization does not always have to be limited to interior design. Incorporate your personality into your outdoor space and make the entirety of your home feel like it is completely yours. Chicago and its surrounding suburbs are flourishing with artists using countless mediums; if you search, it is guaranteed you will find pieces you love while also giving yourself opportunities to help out smaller business owners and textile artists alike.

Some great outdoor art and décor include sculptures, stained glass windows, metal or other waterproof wall art, birdfeeders, or painted murals. Sculptures are in all areas of Chicago including Cloud Gate in Millennium Park, the Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza, and Yoko Ono’s Skylanding in Jackson Park’s Garden of the Phoenix. The joys of such beautiful art should not be limited to city living, the joy should be shared among communities and families from all walks of life and parts of the Chicagoland area. Artwork is the best way to embrace the uniqueness of your personality and style and would be a wonderful addition to any home.

Escape the harsh sun on those extra hot days and step into your serene oasis with the construction of your own pergola shade structure. Pergola structures are common among vacation spots and pool areas where the sun is beaming down, so having one in your backyard is a great way to enjoy the sun in the comfort of your own home. These structures protect from UV rays while also serving as architectural focal points that enhance the aesthetic of your home’s exterior. Pergola shade structures can be built with a variety of materials such as wood, metal, or vinyl, which makes them a flexible option to personalize your home and enjoy the outdoors without the risk of sunburn. Add climbing vines, decorative pillows, and cozy seating beneath your pergola for an extra layer of relaxation that can be adjusted.

Enjoy the soothing sounds of water without having to go as far as your backyard. Captivating water features make your outdoor landscape turn into a peaceful sanctuary with the calming sounds of flowing water. So many individuals use waterfall and ocean sounds to fall into relaxation; why not implement that soothing experience into your own home? Whether it is a beautifully sculpted fountain, a cascading waterfall, or a pond that can be filled with wildlife and plants, water features create a tranquil space full of elegance. Beyond the aesthetic appeal, water features attract birds and wildlife, harmoniously connecting you with nature.

Contact Arete’ Renovators To Discuss Your Chicago Exterior Renovation Ideas

If you are ready to take the leap and upgrade the exterior of your home, contact Areté Renovators today at 773.683.3033 and let our Chicago exterior remodelers take care of the hard work for you. There are countless possibilities and options that can upgrade your space. We know that it can be difficult to choose what may be right for you. Let our team of experts design and build a space that you can enjoy for many summers to come!