7 Sustainable DIY Ideas for Your Home's Exterior #CP

Now that the weather is getting warmer it’s the perfect time for some outdoor DIY projects. There are also plenty of sustainable ways you can update your home’s exterior that will save you money as well. You could consider adding a renewable energy source such as solar panels to your exterior. If you’re looking for a bigger project, marry the outdoors with your interior with eco windows or landscape design. For creative types, there are many upcycling ideas you can try, and you can find a new use for old furniture or household items. Use sustainable materials to make your DIY projects more eco-friendly this year. Here are a few ideas to give you inspiration.

Install solar panels

Installing solar panels is easier and cheaper than you might think. With advances in renewable energy technology, you can actually power your home quite effectively using solar. In time solar panels can also save you money. You’ll be entitled to a tax credit for building a more eco-friendly home. You’ll also be able to save money on your energy bills. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to install solar panels on your property. It’s a perfect project for this time of year as you can make the most of longer sunnier days.

Reclaimed timber projects

Reclaimed wood and timber is a very versatile and durable material. You can use it to add to your siding panels, roof, or even install shutters on your windows. If you’re a budding carpenter yourself, you can purchase the timber itself. Otherwise, look online for structures and accessories made by eco-conscious designers. Reclaimed wood can make a very attractive feature and will give your home a timeless look. It will also increase your kerb appeal and add value to your home.

Install eco windows

If you would like to enhance the space between your exterior and interior you could upgrade your living room windows to floor-to-ceiling energy-efficient windows. The material is what makes the windows more energy-efficient. Look for windows with a high-level glazing or low-E coating. Choose frames made from recycled wood if possible. The less space taken up by the frames the better. You can order bespoke designs to fit your property and these will definitely add value to your home.

Upcycled landscaping ideas

It’s the perfect time of year for a landscaping project. Here are a few upcycled garden ideas. You could use old household items and materials to build up your outside space. These may include old shelves to create a vertical garden or smaller planters made from just about anything. Be creative and turn your garden into the perfect space to entertain with some original decor. Your unique ideas might result in some interesting conversation pieces.

Replace outdoor lighting

Replace old lighting with energy-efficient outdoor lighting. Look for motion sensor LEDs that will only light up when you use your outside space. These will also save you money on your electricity bill. You could consider adding lighting features to your patio or garden path, to make your garden more inviting in the evenings. Increase your kerb appeal by adding lighting to your front door and garden as well. You can use this strategically to highlight more impressive areas of architecture or landscaping.

Repurpose garden furniture

It’s time to revamp your patio and repurpose your garden furniture. You don’t necessarily need to buy new tables and chairs. You could even upcycle indoor furniture to use outside. If you don’t have any furniture that’s still in decent condition you could look for pieces in your local charity shops. That way you can decorate your patio with something more unique yet practical, without hardly spending any money. You can also find plenty of second-hand furniture online, even for free if you’re willing to pick it up. This ideal if you’re on a bit of a budget.

Get planting

If you don’t have much space outside why not transform your home with a balcony garden? Just by adding a few plants or window boxes you can really boost your kerb appeal and create a beautiful space to relax in. Local plants are the most sustainable choice and you can add your upcycled creations here as well. Even old wooden pallets can make great planters in a smaller space. Spring is the best time of year to get outside planting, so decorate your exterior with plenty of greenery and colourful flowers. With a few creative touches, you can upgrade your home’s exterior with minimal environmental impact

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Karl Young

Part-time daddy and lifestyle blogger. Father of 2 boys under 2. Golfer, scare-fan, tea-lover, traveller, squash and poker player. I write on the @HuffPostUK http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/karl-young/

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