Vinyl siding is an ideal choice, because you no longer have to worry about paint chipping and impacting the appearance of your home. Designs of vinyl siding have improved as well, and they almost look exactly like traditional shingles. They are a great option to change the look of an old home, giving it a modern update. Vinyl is a great choice as it's easy to clean.
Consider adding a deck to your home as they're relatively inexpensive and change the entire look of your backyard. It adds and enjoyable and relaxing atmosphere. In the summer, they're an ideal feature to have for entertaining guests as well as supervising children playing in the backyard.