At Thayer Homes we love a big front porch. All of our craftsmen style homes feature large front porches to encourage time with family, friends and neighbors. Creating an inviting and beautiful deck for everyone to enjoy doesn’t have to be hard, take a look at our list of the top porch trends for spring!
- Bright Outdoor Rugs
A great outdoor rug is the key to creating a cozy and inviting front porch. Brighten up your porch for spring by choosing a rug with vibrant colors. Outdoor rugs are much more durable than an indoor rug and will keep your porch looking beautiful all season long.
Get this rug at cuckooland.com
2. Our Dining
One trend we’re into right now, is to bring the dining room outside. Find a great wood table to gather around when the weather is nice. Opt for natural looking wood or metal elements for a table that will stay on trend for years to come.
3. Mix-n-match Planters
Add different color planters to create a fun and colorful porch this spring. Combine similar colors to create a cohesive look, such as blues and greens like the photo below. Fill the planters with your favorite flowers or durable succulents.
Succulents are growing ever popular due to their easy maintenance and durability. The key to succulents is to keep it minimal. Whether you’re using small succulents or large, less is more.
5. Funky Pillows
Show your personality by adding some bright and fun throw pillows to your outdoor seating. Save money by purchasing simple outdoor seating from your neighbors on apps like OfferUp or LetGo. Splurge on new outdoor throw pillows or seating cushions and add a personal touch to the used furniture.
6. Ambient Lighting
Great lighting can make all the difference. Create ambient lighting by adding lanterns and string lights to your porch. Whether you decide to use real candles or flameless LED candles, lighting is the final touch to bring your outdoor space together.
Find these great lanterns and string lights at Target.com
No matter what your style, budget, or porch size, there are many great options to decorate your porch for spring. Create an outdoor space you’ll want to enjoy all season long by incorporating this year’s latest porch trends!
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Things to do in the fall to ready your home for winter.
October and November are ideal times to winterize your home in North Carolina. The days are finally starting to cool off, but we likely have not had a freeze yet.
Tackle these tasks to make sure your home stays warm throughout winter and your exterior looks good in the spring.
1. Rake your leaves.
Rake your leaves to make sure no piles of leaves are interfering with your grass’ ability to breath. Grass needs sunlight and oxygen to stay healthy, even when it’s dormant.
*Helpful Tip: Use your leaves for compost! If you don’t have a compost bin set up, it can be incredibly easy to make one. Designate an area in your yard and toss leaves, grass trimmings, and compostable food waste in there to produce fertile soil for your garden in the spring.
**Helpful Tip: Fertilize your lawn to help with weed prevention and healthy growth in the spring.
2. Speaking of leaves, this is also a good time to clean out your gutters.
Even if you don’t have a ton of leaves on the ground, you might be surprised with the amount of leaves and debris you can find in your gutters. For the sake of your gutters, siding, and foundation, it’s important to keep these clear for proper drainage.
3. Check foundation and roof for cracks or leaks.
If you are reading this, you are likely a Thayer Homes homeowner, meaning your foundation and roof are relatively very new. Although you are not likely to find any issues, it’s always wise to check for them before finding out through catastrophe, especially in the cold winter.
*Helpful tip: A roof rake will help you clear off accumulated snow on your roof, which is built to hold up to 4ft of snow before possible collapse.
4. Protect your pipes from freezing.
Remove the water hose from the spout connected to the homebefore freezing temps. If hoses are left attached, leftover water in the hose will freeze and likely expand into the pipe. If the ice expands into the pipe, there is a chance it could cause the pipe to burst and leak. Also make sure to turn off your A/C water valve to prevent water collecting and freezing in the unit.
Helpful Tip:You can purchase pipe insulation from your local hardware store to help prevent freezing.