Exterior Enhancements on a Budget
By: Danny Lipford
This little house built in the 1950s was in need of an exterior makeover to help it sell, so we’re helping the owners, Howard and Cam Johnson, improve the curb appeal on a modest budget.
Yard Maintenance and Exterior Cleaning
The first step in our budget exterior makeover was making the house and yard more presentable by cutting the grass, pruning the shrubs, and cleaning the driveway and exterior of the house.To prepare the asphalt driveway for repair and sealing, we started by giving it a thorough cleaning with a Generac OneWash power washer.
When power washing be sure to use the right tip for the job, keep the nozzle moving, and maintain a consistent distance from the surface.
Watch our video on Tips for Cleaning Your Home with a Pressure Washer to find out more.
To clean the outside of the house, we used the PivotPro Water Wand from Hyde Tools. The PivotPro attaches to a garden hose and comes with a liquid soap reservoir, pivoting nozzle, and attached scrub brush for fast and easy cleaning.
Vinyl Gable Siding and Shutters
To improve the curb appeal of the house, we covered the front gable with vinyl Portsmouth Cedar Shingles (color: black walnut) and vinyl raised panel shutters (color: brown) from Royal Building Products.
Royal’s online HomePlay design tool allows you to see what different styles and colors of siding and trim will look like on your home before you order.
The interlocking design of the shingle panels allows them to withstand winds up to 160 miles an hour. When installing vinyl siding, center the roofing nails in the nailing slot; and don’t drive the nails in tight, to allow the siding to expand and contract with changes in temperature.
Watch Installing Vinyl Cedar Shakes on a Gable to find out more.
The screws that come with Royal shutters include washers with an attached cap. After you drive the screw, you simply snap down the cap to cover the screw head.
Painting House Foundation and Trim
To improve the look of the concrete block foundation on the house, we used construction adhesive to attach soffit vents over the open concrete block vents. We then painted the foundation with Glidden Premium Exterior Satin paint (color: chocolate brown).
Next, we painted the wrought iron porch railings and column with Rust-Oleum Universal spray paint. To spice things up, the front entry door was painted Crimson Tide red using Glidden Premium Exterior Satin paint.
Repair and Seal Asphalt DrivewayAfter the asphalt driveway had been cleaned with a pressure washer, larger holes were filled using bags of cold mix asphalt repair patch (QPR Asphalt Patch), and then tamped down flush.
Smaller holes in the driveway were filled with Latex·ite Trowel Patch and cracks with Latex·ite Blacktop Crack Filler.
The final step was to use a squeegee to apply a coat of Latex·ite Airport Grade Driveway Sealer to the entire driveway.
To give the house a bit more pizzazz, we replaced the rusty light fixture on the ceiling of the front porch (Portfolio, model# FS130125-13) and added a metal wall hanging from amazon.com to the wall of the porch.
Other Tips from This Episode
Simple Solutions with Joe Truini:
Sandpaper Chisel Sharpening
You can sharpen dull chisels using a piece of sandpaper on a flat surface. Align the beveled edge of the chisel on the sandpaper, then stroke it back and forth. Place the back of the chisel flat on the sandpaper to remove any burr. (Watch Video)
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Ask Danny Lipford:
Gravel is the least expensive driveway, but it’s uneven and weeds can grow through it. Asphalt is more durable and expensive, but it requires periodic sealing. Concrete is the most durable and most expensive option. (Watch Video)
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