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6 Ideas For A Perfect Home Exterior Design

6 Ideas For A Perfect Home Exterior Design

No place compares to home. It’s our safe haven – the one place we always go to after the hassles of everyday life. It’s only natural that our home is everything we want it to be and more. While we have a certain intrapersonal connection and privacy with the interior, the exterior is just as important. There, we could better enjoy the gifts of nature like a breath of fresh air, rest our head in the cool weather or simply enjoy the fresh wind from all angles.

Beautiful home decorations are products of well-thought concepts. They tell a story, capturing an experience that the homeowner or designer seeks to relive, and create avenues for great moments.

While our individual tastes differ, there are certain elements to consider in creating beautiful home exterior designs that’ll make lasting impressions.

The following ideas will give your home exterior design a touch of perfection.

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1. Exterior colour balance

The exterior colour combination of your home can be likened to the act of making a first impression. It forms an opinion about your personality. Varieties of colours create different aesthetics and communicate different messages.

If you want to keep it simple, a monochromatic impression can give you just that. But if you want to make a huge statement, bold colours tick the box.

Playing with colours is a great idea. However, it’s important that you consider the general outlook of your neighbourhood – you don’t want your house to look totally out of place.

2. Control weeds

Nothing ruins your efforts to create a well decorated exterior as much as unwanted grasses springing up their heads around your building. The presence of weeds, all over the place, contradicts the whole essence of a beautiful home appearance, and takes you back to the scratch.

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Ever heard of the saying, “let sleeping weeds lie?” That’s very correct — only those in the top of soil stand a chance of growing further. It’s necessary that you implement weed control measures to destroy plants that are getting in the way of your design, so your home doesn’t look like an abandoned building with no iota of attraction.

3. Outdoor Art

What’s there not to love about outdoor art? It can give a unique identity to our home. If there’s anything you’d love to exhibit to the public at no cost, then this is your opportunity.

Outdoor art pieces can be showcased in a series of forms with a wide range of artistic materials. You could try out different designs from sitting objects to mounted frames until you “hit the spot.” It’s your home and your space – give people something beautiful to look at and talk about.

4. The front area

The front of your house is an open secret; everyone sees it. Having items like old furniture, damaged appliances and tools littered around takes away the aesthetics you seek to achieve, making it look a garage.

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As a golden rule, keep it simple and clear. A clustered front area can be too much to handle. You can make use of a few flower pots or feature containers, with beautiful flowers, to create just the right amount of appeal without making it too busy.

5. The front door

There’s something about the front door of a home that makes it difficult to ignore, regardless of how small it may be. After the eyes capture the whole building, the lenses zoom in on the door, by reflex.

A tastefully finished front door tells a pleasant story about the inside of your home as it reflects the beauty of what lies ahead. You could make that story complete by adding a touch of class to the entry area with architectural designs, and pots of flowers, standing on both sides like stewards, welcoming guests as they arrive.

6. Backyard garden

Do you have a large open space in your backyard? If yes, then setting up a garden can make your home even more beautiful.

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A well designed garden, appeals to our senses – the sweet fragrance of the flowers is refreshing, the breath-taking view creates long lasting mental pictures, and the sound made from birds and insects that perch on them is entertaining.

With its serene atmosphere, your garden might become your favourite spot in your house and your guests will be delighted to share in the relaxation experience.

Have you ever seen one of those homes with an exterior design that looks so perfect, and you wish it were yours? There’s a soothing feeling that comes with having an attractive home.

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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