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<p>(BPT) - If you enjoy spending the cold winter months planning your next spring home improvement project, your creative juices are already flowing. But instead of focusing on the same small home improvement projects again this year, have you considered something bigger? Have you considered a project that redefines your home and showcases your individuality? The one that will make your home stand out in your neighborhood?</p><p>Consider these projects that will change your home for the better:</p><p>* Reinvent your home&rsquo;s exterior. If you&rsquo;re looking to make a drastic improvement to your home&rsquo;s exterior, no change gets more notice than installing new exterior cladding. Vinyl siding is the most popular siding on the market because of its beautiful appearance, potential energy efficiency, performance and durability. It is also more environmentally friendly than other siding products. Today&rsquo;s vinyl siding requires less maintenance than ever before and is available in numerous style options including vertical, horizontal, beaded, soffit, shakes, scallops and trim. You can learn more about each of these options in <a href="http://cdn.alside.com/media/17505/siding-style-guide.pdf" rel="nofollow">Alside&rsquo;s Siding Style Guide</a>. This helpful guide provides you with in-depth information on siding options, profiles, and textures and offers design tips and color recommendations for siding, trim, windows and more. In addition, <a href="http://www.alside.com/color-design/" rel="nofollow">Alside&rsquo;s Design Showcase</a> is an easy-to-use digital visualizer that allows you to compare colors and pick the perfect new look for your home.</p><p>* Create a great outdoor space. Spending months indoors to avoid cold temperatures will make anyone crave some outdoor recreation. If you have a big budget and you&rsquo;re looking to make a dramatic addition to your home, consider adding a pool, a new deck, or a custom pergola. If space is a concern or you&rsquo;re interested in a smaller project, outfitting your outdoor space with flower boxes or new plants is a great option. You can also build a fire pit and outfit it with comfortable chairs for a cozy gathering place for family and friends.</p><p>* Add style and save money. If you&rsquo;re making decisions about your home with your partner, one of you may be more interested in the product&rsquo;s performance while the other is more focused on style. Replacing your home&rsquo;s old or broken windows with premium vinyl windows is an excellent way to satisfy both interests. <a href="http://cdn.alside.com/media/7615/window_style_guide_spreads.pdf" rel="nofollow">Alside&rsquo;s Window Style Guide</a> provides you with an overview of the different Alside window styles and frame options available to you, allowing you to customize a look that embodies your unique style. You can also learn about the luxurious colors and natural appeal of premium vinyl replacement windows and how they can elevate your home&rsquo;s style and sophistication. And for the person more interested in performance rather than style, the guide includes information on energy performance ratings and the positive effect new windows with the right glass package have on your annual heating and cooling bills and property value.</p><p>* Incorporate the right accessories. The right accent, no matter how small, can have a big impact on your home&rsquo;s overall appearance. You can replace your mailbox or update your address numbers to provide a more modern feel. Revitalize your green space by planting new flowers or adding decorative landscaping. You can also opt to replace the wood mulch that surrounds your landscaping with decorative stones for natural appeal. And, if you&rsquo;re interested in a bigger project, consider replacing your shutters or your front door. Choose a color that contrasts with your siding and you&rsquo;ll have your very own outdoor accent wall.</p><p>The right project for your home is one that you&rsquo;re passionate about and one that stimulates your creativity. In many cases these projects will also add value to your home. You can learn more about creative ways to improve the outer appearance of your home by visiting <a href="http://www.alside.com" rel="nofollow">www.alside.com</a>.</p> <img src='http://www.brandpointcontent.com/printsite/ImageWriter.ashx?articleid=18963&memberid=8729' border='0' width='1' height='1' />

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