As summer kicks into high gear, it can be a great opportunity to finally complete some of those home improvement projects you’ve been putting off. The warmer weather allows you to complete outdoor projects that are much more difficult when the weather is cold. To help get your inspirational juices flowing, here are a few ideas for projects you can take on.
A New Deck
Depending on your climate, installing a new deck in the colder months could be next to impossible if the ground is frozen. Take advantage of the warm earth, then, to install a new deck that you can then enjoy well after the summer is over, year after year. With the right equipment and supplies, you can easily install a new deck from the ground up in only a couple of weekends, and even less if you can get enough buddies to help you with the project.
If your current landscaping looks more like a jungle than a manicured lawn, it may be time to start over. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to the different types of plants you can bring in to add color and variety. A great idea is to utilize local species of plants that will stand up better to the extreme weather conditions of your area. That way, you can ensure that your new outdoor look will last for a longer time.
If your current fence is holding on by a thread, chances are it’s time to replace it. There are different options when choosing fencing, of course, from the ubiquitous chain link fence to the always-popular wooden privacy fence. Another great option is aluminum fencing, which is light weight and resistant to corrosion. Aluminum fencing comes in a variety of styles and works especially well to establish boundaries within a larger property, such as around a pool or other landscape feature.
While the idea of working, unprotected, under the blazing summer sun doesn’t sound all that appealing, it certainly sounds more appealing than fighting back the blustery winter winds as you try to install a new roof. Installing your roof in summer will also aid in the asphalt shingles (if that’s what you choose) adhering to one another more tightly, resulting in a leak proof installation. Of course, no matter when you complete this project, it’s important to utilize proper safety equipment at all times.
Even if you don’t have any major projects planned for this summer, it can still be a great time to do small things to add appeal around the exterior of your home. Adding a small water feature or adding a new hanging basket can go a long way toward enhancing your home’s appearance. No matter what projects you complete, though, the best part about doing them in summer is that when they’re done, you still have nice weather to be able to sit back and enjoy your handiwork.