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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.

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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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Investing in New Construction vs. Renovating an Older Home: Which is Better for You?

While buying a home is an exciting life step, or should we say leap, it can come with the stress of a major financial and emotional commitment as you invest in your future. Many questions come into play, such as the more obvious factors of determining the location, size and yard space that's best suited for your lifestyle. Another big decision is whether you'll go the route of new construction or potentially renovate an older home. As with most things, both new and old homes have their pros and cons. We put together a list to help you decide what's best for you:

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Trends4 min
Everything You Need to Know About Board & Batten Siding

Board and batten style siding is enjoying a resurgence as a way to create visual interest in an otherwise blank wall. So, what is "board and batten?" It's a type of siding where thin strips of wood molding-or "battens"-are placed over the seams of panel boards. The result is an aesthetic that is both rustic and chic, with the strong vertical lines providing shadows and textures to the home exterior.

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Homeowner’s Guide to Remodeling a Historic Home

The story behind your home offers a fascinating glimpse into the people who lived in it as well as how your home fits into the larger story of your city. If you want to remodel your historic home's exterior, experts advise visiting your local historic preservation commission. If your home lies within the historic overlay district, these commissions often have authority to set rules not only on the visual aesthetic, but the materials as well.

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Mixing Siding with Different Exterior Textures

Mixing different types of siding can give your home individuality and visual appeal, but it can also be difficult to execute correctly without guidance. While some homeowners mix materials to create a contemporary look, others already have a mixed materials home exterior that needs an update. We're breaking down practical tips to pair exterior materials for a beautiful home.