Renovation7 min

Remodeling 101: A Complete Guide to Renovation Planning

Most home renovation shows you see on TV depict more of an expectation versus the reality. They show remodeling projects as no-hassle, fun-filled endeavors that are completed on time and under budget. But in the real world, home renovations are usually not that simple. They require careful research and planning to ensure the process runs smoothly.

So, how do you know where to start? Cue our comprehensive renovation guide that breaks it all down with easy-to-follow steps. Whether you're a seasoned home improvement veteran or tackling a renovation for the first time, there's something in this guide for you. Let's break down some of the highlights.

The Power of the Three-Ring Binder

Step 1 of a renovation is setting a realistic budget. Although we live in a digital world, don't overlook the power of a good old-fashioned binder to plan your budget. This three-ring binder will be your go-to resource where you can store your final project timeline and budget.

Maximize Your Renovation

You've finalized your renovation timeline and budget, and now it's time to plan how you'll get the most bang for your buck. Choose building materials that are long-lasting, making them more cost-effective than cheaper materials you'll have to replace just down the road. Products like LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding are engineered to withstand strong winds and hail impact while resisting damage from high humidity, termites, fungal decay and freeze/thaw cycles.

What Are You Waiting For?

Beyond the highlights above, you’ll find a wealth of information on how to work harmoniously with your remodeler. For more information on how LP® SmartSide® products can help make your renovation a success, visit LPSmartSide.com, call 888-820-0325 or find a remodeler near you.

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Maintenance5 min

Straight from the Pros: Exterior Home Improvement Projects for a Better Investment

Your home's exterior serves as an important first impression and may make or break your property's value. So, sometimes it is what's on the outside that matters most. With summer in full swing, it's time to take on those much-needed outdoor projects that were neglected during the winter months. You may have several home improvement projects you want to tackle, so how do you know which will provide the best value?

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Curb Appeal5 min
4 Tips to Harmonize Your Home’s Exterior and Outdoor Color Scheme

Summer outdoor entertaining season is officially here! Ensure the atmosphere is just right for guests by creating eye-pleasing symmetry among your home's exterior, landscaping and outdoor elements. And much of that eye-pleasing symmetry starts with a harmonious color palette. One of the best (and easiest) ways to ensure your home's exterior and outdoor color scheme is working together? Buy a color wheel at an art supply or home improvement store to effortlessly reference color cohesion before getting started on any projects (however big or small).

Renovation5 min
What’s a HELOC and How Can it Finance Your Next Remodel?

U.S. homeowners have a record amount of available equity at their fingertips-more than 6 $ trillion to be exact-which is the highest volume ever recorded. Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOCs) can be used to cover a wide variety of expenses, like undertaking a much-needed remodeling project, paying off debt or even finally going on your dream vacation.

Curb Appeal5 min
6 Steps to Create a Welcoming Home Exterior

Most homeowners spend a considerable amount of time and money making their home's interior inviting, but can sometimes fail to prioritize exterior upgrades. It's important to ensure the home style design of your exterior offers the same welcoming atmosphere that your interior provides so guests feel your hospitability right from the curb.