Budget friendly home renovations - a new Deck ads value and outdoor living space

Outdoor transformations on a budget

A major overhaul of your outdoor living space can cost thousands of dollars, but you can do a lot to improve its appearance for much less money by simply implementing budget-friendly projects. Transform your home’s exterior and become the best-looking property in the neighbourhood with these easy and affordable home improvement ideas.



Building a deck or patio will not only provide you with an additional living space to entertain or hang out with friends and family, but also allow you to transform your home’s exterior and enhance its curb appeal. But, building one may prove difficult if you’re working on a tight budget; and it is, therefore, important that you weigh your options carefully so you can find and pick the most cost-efficient solution. One of the most cost-effective options for decking is concrete. High-quality concrete patios installations are extremely durable, easy to maintain and environmentally friendly. These patio surfaces come in a vast array of pattern and design options, including decorative concrete, which allow you to achieve an attractive, high-end look at a fraction of the cost.



Building a new driveway can be an expensive affair, but we cannot deny its effectiveness when it comes to enhancing curb appeal. Depending on your needs, there are many options to consider which will influence installation costs. One of these is material.

The most common driveway material choices are basically two of them – concrete and asphalt. Concrete driveways installations last longer, but asphalt is less expensive to install. Asphalt driveways need more maintenance, but are generally easier to repair or refurbish. These driveways also tend to handle the extreme temperature fluctuations better than concrete because they flex.

Choosing the driveway material that is best for transforming your home will depend on local codes and ordinances, your budget and personal preferences.

Both of these types of driveways need solid foundations prepared by experienced concrete finishes professionals.

If your budget does not stretch enough to cater for the cost of a new driveway, consider having repairs and/or refurbishment done instead. Any type of driveway upgrades can do wonders for your outdoor living space.



Installing a well-designed walkway will make your home feel warm and inviting, whilst giving your outdoors a dramatic improvement. There are many types of paving materials that you can use to create a walkway or path to add visual interest and boost your home’s curb appeal. But, when considering installation, maintenance and replacement costs, concrete paths offer an economical, long term alternative to other forms of paving such as sandstone, granite, clay, etc.


Front Door

Your home’s entryway is one of the very first things people see when they come to your property. That means you cannot afford to ignore it when trying to transform your outdoors. And you don’t need to splash the cash on a new front door. Adding a fresh coat of paint or some colourful, decorative step tiles may be all you need to make your entryway look gorgeous and impress visitors and/or potential buyers.


Exterior Home Cladding

Replacing the exterior home cladding (siding on your house) is a home renovation project that can greatly transform your property while delivering an outstanding return on investment. Try to choose an exterior cladding material which is highly weather-resistant and well-suited to our New Zealand climate.


Roof Repair

Replacing your existing roof could prove very costly and even impractical when working on a budget; but you can always afford to consider roof repairs and things like painting. Inspect your roof, including chimney, vents, flashing, gutters and downspouts, for moss and mildew growth, damage and/or rust. Replace the roofing material as necessary to prevent leaks.


Outdoor Kitchen

Creating an outdoor cooking space will instantly improve your home’s appearance, whilst also increasing resale value. If you’re working on a modest budget, you could always take the DIY route to create an outdoor kitchen without breaking the bank.


Pool Upgrades

Your swimming pool accounts for a significant portion of your home’s look from the curb. So, carefully consider what pool improvement project will best complement your house and attract potential buyers (if you decide to sell).

When renovating your pool, it’s advisable to consider concrete resurfacing. Concrete pool deck resurfacing will enable you to achieve a durable pool deck that has an attractive, tough surface that doesn’t develop cracks after a short period of time or become slippery when wet.

Concrete finishes experts can help you with all aspects of renovating concrete pool surrounds.


Outdoor Lighting

Well planned and properly installed exterior lighting can add interest, drama, and safety to your property. Consider installing energy-saving outdoor lights for your home. Don’t forget path/walkway lighting when planning your outdoor lights.



A landscaped outdoor space looks beautiful and increases curb appeal. The best thing about it is that you don’t have to spend all of your savings on it! There are many affordable landscaping ideas you can implement depending on the size and style of your home. These include: planting flowers and plants in containers and placing them strategically in your home to add colour, adding landscape lighting, using easy-maintenance ground cover like concrete or asphalt, planting some perennials, and more.



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