Every season has its classic “to do” lists. Spring always brings in a healthy dose of cleaning and renovation projects. Fall comes with chores like raking the leaves and battening down the hatches for the cold months ahead. Winter is a great time to work on the inside of your house.
And summer? The warm summer months can be the perfect time to get outside and take on some larger renovation projects in order to clean up your yard and increase the curb appeal of your house. The hardest part, though, is choosing what to focus all of your precious time and funds on as each summer rolls around. With that in mind, here are a few classic summer renovation projects that you should consider as you make your 2019 summer plans.
First thing’s first, always make sure to prepare for each undertaking properly. The best way to do this is to sit down before you touch that hammer or garden rake and take some time to think through what you want to accomplish.
Obvious concerns at this early point would include supplies and tools required for a project, what portion of the work you can do yourself, and how much time you’ll need to pull it off. Can you break it up over multiple evenings or weekends, or do you need to take a long weekend to complete it all at once?
It’s also important to consider things like building or demolition permits as well as the possibility of any HOA rules that might prohibit certain activities. Once you’ve got everything planned out, it’s time to kick off your renovations.
Spruce Up Those Gardens
One of the most iconic elements of a pulled together yard is a thoughtful garden plan. This doesn’t mean you can simply follow a formula that works for every home, though. You’re going to need to map out what kind of garden layout will work for you. Things like space limitations and climate can factor heavily into how your garden ultimately looks.
For example, it’s worth taking the time to figure out what zone you live in within the USDA Hardiness Zone Map, as it can help you better understand what plants will have a better chance of surviving in your gardens for longer than a fresh cut bouquet of flowers.
If space is an issue, consider turning a balcony or two on your house into a garden instead of having one in the yard. Again, make sure to plan things out first and use plants that do well growing in confined spaces.
Restore and Recycle
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: curb appeal is a critical part of a home’s value. No matter how incredible your home’s interior is, if its curb appeal is sub-par, that’s the feeling most people will take right into your home with them. Fortunately, there are many different ways to go about increasing your home’s curb appeal without an extravagant budget.
To begin, take a look at the outside of your home. Often giving your siding a good once over with a power washer can be just the ticket to get it looking clean and tidy. If your gardens are populated with beautiful plants but aren’t properly tended, make sure to keep up on the weeds, add some mulch, and make sure it has a trendy, well-kept border while you’re at it.
If you have a porch or a deck, consider giving it a fresh coat of paint or stain. Look for easy to repair defects that can create eyesores, too. Also, consider adding some new light fixtures, or at the least make sure that all of the existing ones are clean and functioning well.
In general, make sure that all of the elements you already have working for you are in tip-top shape before you start taking on other projects around your house.
Add Some Trendy Storage
Figuring out where to keep all of your outside gear can be difficult, but you can rest assured that the solution sure isn’t in a pile in the garage or scattered all over the yard. Leaving tools and equipment piled up or stored outside is an easy way to clutter your spaces and ruin your stuff all at the same time.
If you find yourself tight on storage space, you can rest in the fact that you don’t need a whole new garage to keep everything organized and stowed out of sight. The summer can be the perfect time to pull everything out and add some clever storage options to your space in order to help bring a method to the madness.
Magnetic bars, recycled pallets, and pegboards can create low-profile ways to keep your tools altogether and easy to access. Utilizing ceilings to hang things like cords, bikes, and seasonal gear is a great move, too. Make sure that you have enough shelves to keep everything stored off the ground and out of the way, as well. Finally, make sure to organize and keep things like harmful chemicals or gasoline stored in safe places and out of the reach of children.
Revolutionizing Your Yard This Summer
There are countless ways to landscape your yard, clean up your outdoor spaces, and boost your home’s curb appeal this summer. The important thing is to resist the urge to dive into giant projects when you have numerous smaller, more affordable ventures that could have the same effect on your home’s appearance at a fraction of the cost. If you focus on creating a crisp, clean outdoor look that recycles, reuses, and organizes everything possible before adding new projects into the mix, you’re much more likely to keep your home’s exterior in pristine condition year round.
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