You can take advantage of Texas home renovation trends almost all year long in the Lone Star State. Why? Because not all winters are created equal. Particularly winters in Texas, which are different from the snow-filled and chilly season Northerners are accustom to. While winter is, for much of the country, a time to hunker down, slow down, and stay out of the elements, winters in Texas tend to be mild and dry. For these reasons and more, winter is the perfect time to renovate your home in Texas.

Curb appeal is one of the most important features to think about for your home. It’s not only gratifying to drive up to daily but it also it pays off when it comes time to put your home on the market. On average, a simple exterior paint job can add up to a 43% ROI for your hard work. Even repainting your front door can make a substantial difference in your home’s curb appeal.

Making your home beautiful can come down to intuition but if you find yourself struggling to conjure up a designer’s eye, simply follow the latest Texas renovation trends to add value and glory to your Texas home.

Paint Your House with a Sophisticated & Dark Palette

Paint color is personal preference and we’ve all seen that hot pink or purple house in neighborhoods without HOAs. If you live in a neighborhood with HOA oversight, your choices may be limited when it comes to exterior paint color. However, most HOAs follow current home construction trends when it comes to energy savings, colors, and construction materials.

Dark palettes are the newest trend sweeping Texas and the rest of the United States. Dark, bold, and beautiful exterior paint jobs aren’t just classy—they’re versatile by bringing old school charm to even the most modern architecture. While dark exterior colors look great on their own, they also contrast beautifully with your landscaping no matter if you have a great, green expanse of lawn or multicolored beds of flowers. High contrast is here and doesn’t appear to be leaving us any time soon.

Upgrade Your Outdoor Shed

Anyone that’s owned a home in Texas knows the value of a good backyard shed. In the Southern state, basements are about as commonplace as the abominable snowman. And with the lack of Texas basements comes a notable lack of storage space.

It’s been a longstanding Texas tradition to turn garages into DIY caves for a wide range of uses from a gym to a second living room to watch sports. However, it’s not advisable to turn your garage or backyard shed into a makeshift storage unit in Texas due to the heat and humidity. There is so much more potential waiting to rise from that old shed than you could imagine.

Multi-purpose sheds are quickly coming into fashion. Dwell.com has a fabulous list of great multi-purpose examples. They also define what exactly a multi-purpose shed encapsulates:

Whether it be for utility, storage, a studio, or even a guest retreat, a backyard abode provides an opportunity to create architecture on the micro-scale with simple materials, pure forms, and special details.

So, come winter when the hot weather dies down, think out-of-the-box about that old shed collecting dust. It could be your next Airbnb casita, or maybe even a mini “remote” office that offers peace and solitude.

Create an Outdoor Hosting Space

While Texas summers can be harsh, the rest of the months can offer great weather for outdoor entertaining. Heck, even a hot day can be rendered enjoyable with the right patio renovations.

Texas homes are built to utilize outdoor space, So whether it be a concrete slab, stone tiles, or simply a grassy backyard winter is an excellent time to take control of your outdoor space. The best return on your investment ideas include upgrading your barbecue grill, bringing in some comfortable patio furniture that fits your space, and stringing up some pixie lights to give your evening festivities a little LED magic.

Keep in mind, turning your patio into a full-fledge outdoor hosting space can be done simply and inexpensively too. What are you waiting for?

Revitalize Your Landscaping

When was the last time you gave some TLC to your outdoor plants? According to Feng Shui principles, sad landscaping will create a sad house. It doesn’t matter what you do to the rest of your space—if you let your landscaping grow wild, or worse, let it wither away, then your curb appeal is going to look less-than-stellar.

According to DIYer’s, you can revitalize your landscape without spending a single cent. The crux of their advice? Clean up the area with old fashioned elbow grease and divide larger plants in two (yes, you can do that) to add more density to your greenery.

If you wait until after a Texas thunderstorm, the ground will be softer making digging and replanting easier. One solid day’s work in the winter when the weather is mild is all that’s needed to bring new life into your yard come spring and summer.

Invest in Home Automation

Home automation is an easy investment decision if you’re a Texas homeowner. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on home automation all at once. The great thing about smart home automation is that it can be purchased and fitted in phases. Soon enough, you’ll realize over the course of a few years that you can talk to your home and it will talk back to you. Smart home technology is compatible with Alexa for example. If your planning to upgrade your kitchen appliances you’ll find options for home automation to make life simpler and the tasks of preparing meals easier.

With all the talk about sustainability and green energy, there is no better time than winter to invest in a smart thermostat. It’s a win-win for your pocketbook and the environment. Smart thermostats allow you to set a different temperature when you’re at home versus when the house is empty from your smartphone, saving you money and energy.

Beyond that, if you’re going through the trouble of an exterior paint job, why not swap out your exterior door locks with a smart lock? Car manufacturers have been doing this for years with key FOBs that talk to your car’s security system so the moment you touch the door handle the car automatically unlocks.

With an automated front door lock for your home, keys are quickly becoming a thing of the past—your door will know that it’s you standing there and not a stranger just because your smartphone is in your pocket. What a future we’re living in!

Renovations Are for You

Merriam-Webster defines renovation in the following way: “To restore to life.” Remember that your Texas home renovation will add value to your home but, at their heart, it’s all about your comfort and quality of life. It’s gratifying and a good financial investment to keep a well-maintained home and updated by making them better than how we found them.

Breathing new life into your Texas home is a great learning experience with a satisfying payoff. It’s also a great way to beat the winter blues as days grow shorter and there is less sunshine to provide us with vitamin D. A project to keep us busy is the perfect thing to combat those winter blues while also adding value to our home.