Summer is a season to kick back and indulge in projects you couldn’t enjoy during the colder months. What’s the use of this beautiful weather and long summer days if you can’t spend time in your yard and have some fun? Let’s talk about some projects that are best done in the summer when your family’s activities may turn to the outdoors.
1) PLAN TO BUILD A POOL, PATIO, OR OUTDOOR KITCHEN
Brian Griffith, a landscape designer and winner of the 2009 Oasis Award for outdoor kitchen design, suggests that during the warmer months when your family is using your outdoor space, you can best evaluate what improvements you’d like to make to your yard.
2) INSTALL NEW WINDOWS
Summer is the best time to invest in new windows that will insulate against winter cold and summer heat. New windows may improve your view and increase your home’s value.
3) ADD SOME SHADE
While the summer sun is shining, evaluate where new trees might help to provide natural shade in years to come. Since that relief will take a while, consider investing now in patio umbrellas, a pergola, or covering a porch. Shade options come in many sizes and shapes to fit a variety of budgets.
4) UNDERGO RENOVATIONS
Large-scale construction or renovation projects are best done in the summer. You don’t want to be without walls or windows during the freezing winter months. In the summer, you can cook outdoors or go to the pool or a park while your house is a mess.
5) REPAVE WALKS OR DRIVEWAYS
It’s not a good idea to repave when it rains, snows, or freezes. Hard surfaces adhere better when it’s warm so summer is the time to complete walkways or driveway projects.
6) REFINISH WOOD SURFACES
Summer is the time to scrape old paint and repaint, re-oil wood, or refinish the deck. Refinished wood is protected and looks like new. Do-it-yourselfers can often handle refinishing projects and enjoy the results of their work all summer.