Summer is the ideal time to take care of some outdoor home improvement projects that you couldn’t complete during the winter. You can even get the whole family involved in some of these projects so everyone can be proud of the results. Evaluate the needs of your home and choose from some of these possible renovations to ensure your home looks its best this summer.
Replace Your Siding
Vinyl siding is common, especially if you live in the New England or Middle Atlantic area of the US. If you’re thinking of getting vinyl siding for your home, there are several advanced options to choose from, especially if you want shakes that resemble your favorite wood. Siding is especially durable, which is why it is a popular choice for many homes.
The summer season is the perfect time to replace the siding on your home, but you may want to leave this project to the pros if you don’t have experience with this type of home improvement project. This will ensure that the siding is properly measured and installed. Siding helps to protect your home from water damage so you should make sure that the material is both effective and aesthetically pleasing.
If your siding is still in good shape but needs a bit of a revamp, you can power-wash your home this summer. You can buy or rent a power washer to do the job or there are ways you can even just rent one for the day. Power washing is ideal for conventional brick, and even some types of wood. Make sure you angle the sprayer upward so the water can go toward the spaces in between your siding and force the water to flow underneath. Also be sure that others are far away during this job, as it is dangerous if you are sprayed, especially if you are too close.
If you have a larger home, you may want to call a professional to complete this home improvement project for you since professional equipment is usually more powerful. While you may likely have to pay more to have your home professionally washed, you won’t have to worry about breaking a sweat in the summer heat. This can be an easy task you can even assign to one of your kids if they are a teenager.
Update the Look of Your Indoor or Outdoor Walls
Updating or remodeling the walls of any part of your home is a simple way to really transform your home. There are many different options you can look into, depending on the type of style that you are drawn to. If you aren’t sure exactly what will look best, you can always contact a professional who can help you decide what you will love the most. For example, you can look into lime washed brick siding to elevate the look of your home. This will create a unique effect on any interior or exterior wall of your home.
Restain the Deck
If you and your loved ones want to spend more time on the deck this summer, strip and retain the deck to give it a more refined look. You’ll be amazed at how much better your home’s exterior looks once the job is complete. Be careful not to power-wash the deck too harshly so you won’t damage the wood. Use the lowest pressure and slowly increase the pressure, but don’t go any higher than 1500 psi. Once you’re ready to stain the wood, select the right stain for the type of wood your deck is made of.
Landscaping/Planting a Garden
This DIY summer home project will immediately boost your property value. There are even several affordable ways to include a garden in your front or backyard or add creative landscaping accents to your property. You can check out social media outlets such as Pinterest to get the inspiration you need. Even if you’re not an experienced gardener, you can add features like a basic garden bed and a few shrubs to make the outside of your home look orderly and polished. The National Gardening Association states that 35% of all households in the US have gardens. Many of these gardens also include fruits and vegetables since some individuals and families are starting to eat healthier. So not only can you display beautiful flowers and plants in your garden, you can also grow food so you and your family can enjoy natural foods that will improve your health. You can also take pride in the food you grow, which will motivate you to continue eating foods that are free of preservatives.
If you want to add appealing pops of color to the yard, add some annual flowers and shrubs to the landscape. You can complete this task without hiring a professional landscaper; you’ll just need to research the type of flowers you want to plant to make sure you can provide the right soil and water conditions.
These home improvement projects don’t provide a design overhaul for your entire home, but they can still make a huge difference in the look of your property. Many of these projects also allow you to spend time outdoors so you can soak up the summer sun while making your property more functional and increasing its value.