We may complain about all of the hills in Pittsburgh when the snow falls, but they certainly provide us with impressive views every month of the year. Unfortunately, you may only catch a few glimpses of the surrounding hills or the brilliant fall foliage if you have an older home or a lot with plenty of mature trees. In many cases, improving your view can be as simple as doing a little landscaping or tackling a home remodeling project. Here are a few projects you may want to consider if your current view is uninspiring.
Clear Away Obstructions
It’s difficult to view the changing landscape if your windows are blocked by trees, shrubberies and brush. Sometimes, improving your view is as easy as taking down a few trees and removing brush. If you’re clearing your property as part of a renovation project, you may want to allocate part of the budget for landscaping. A well-thought-out landscaping plan will add trees, plants and shrubs to your yard without blocking the view.
Add a Rooftop Deck to Your Home
Why settle for peeking out a window to catch a glimpse of the changing leaves when you can enjoy 360-degree views from the roof? Although it’s certainly possible to appreciate the views with a basic deck, more elaborate models offer unlimited entertaintainment possibilities. Add a kitchen and seating area to the deck and host parties and barbeques, or furnish your rooftop deck with loungers and exotic plants to create the perfect sunbathing spot.
Reposition the Windows
If your house was being built today, you could choose how to situate it on your lot for the best views. Unfortunately, the view wasn’t always a crucial consideration when builders constructed older homes. Remedying the problem is as simple as adding a few large windows or even an entire wall of folding glass doors. Automatic shades controlled by your smartphone or a remote control will ensure that the room receives the perfect amount of sun and shade throughout the day.
Let the Sun In
Are you turning your attic into a master bedroom suite, office or TV room? It can be challenging to let in natural light when wall space tends to be limited in attics. Adding skylights to the roof offers the ideal solution if your attic is dark and gloomy. Modern versions open at the touch of a button, close automatically when they detect rain and can even include integrated solar-powered blinds.
Build an Addition
It’s much easier to add windows to new construction than it is to make changes to an existing home. If you’re planning to add a sunroom to your home or want to expand your house with a two-story family room addition, your remodeling contractor can help you position the new build for the best views. He’ll also offer suggestions regarding the ideal windows and doors to enhance your view.
Would your home be perfect if you just had a better view? The design-build team at Master Remodelers offers imaginative designs that take full advantage of the views from your property. Contact us to discuss how we can help you transform your home and increase its value.
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