4 DIY Outdoor Projects To Complete This Summer To Improve Your Old Home

Summer is here, which means you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get outside and work on home improvement projects. Your spring clearing is done, and now it’s time to tackle some outdoor work. While you can’t do everything in a single summer, these are the projects you might consider doing first.

Build a Shed

Storing outdoor equipment can be a major hassle. Leaving it out in the elements isn’t an option, because it will get destroyed by the wind, snow, and rain. Storing it in the basement is a serious pain, because it means you have to lug everything up the stairs to use it. The only sensible solution is to build a shed. If you have even basic carpentry skills, a small shed will be relatively easy to construct. Once you’ve finished, you’ll be thrilled by the convenience.

Install a Sprinkler System

Lawns are aesthetically pleasing and great for a number of activities in the backyard. Unfortunately, they can also be a lot of work. There’s no way around the regular mowing, but there is something you can do to make watering easier: install a sprinkler system. With a few hoses and stainless steel valves, you can create a simple system that will water your lawn with the flip of a single switch.

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Build a Raised Vegetable Garden

Gardening is always fun, but when you’re planting vegetables it is also tremendously rewarding. Nothing tastes better than roasted veggies that you cultivated yourself. A raised garden is simple to construct, and it can furnish your table with vegetables for the rest of your life.

Build a Fire Pit

Nothing improves the “nightlife” in your yard like building a fire pit. There’s something about the smell of the smoke and the constant cackle of the burning embers that makes any night memorable. To build a simple fire pit, all you need is a shovel, gravel, and a couple dozen large stones. Dig a shallow, circular hole, toss the gravel inside, and then line the exterior with the larger stones. If you have children, put them in charge of finding rocks around the yard. This is just the sort of “adventure” that can keep them entertained for hours.

If being outside in the summer makes you feel good, being outside in the summer while doing something productive will make you feel even better. There are any number of possible DIY projects, but these four are a good place to start.

Lizzie W: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball. You can find her on Twitter @LizzieWeakley.

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