When the weather warms up, there are few things Carolinians want to do more than be outside. Many families throughout the Carolinas have beautiful outdoor living spaces that they are lucky enough to be able to use for most of the year. Summer is also a great time to spruce up your house inside and out, though! If you’ve been wanting to do some renovations, take some time away from entertaining outside and try one of these remodeling ideas. You and your guests will be glad you did!
Put in a fire pit.
Fire pits are not tremendously difficult to install, even if you choose to do the project yourself, but add a lot of value to your yard. This area is sure to become a gathering space for family and friends, and you’re likely to find yourself entertaining more than you already do once it’s finished! There are multiple types of fire pits, from simple cinder block circles to elaborate set-ups crafted out of granite or slate. You might also want to install built-in seating around your fire pit area.
Increase the size of your deck.
As we’ve already established, homeowners in North Carolina and South Carolina love their outdoor spaces. Early summer is a great time to add onto your home’s deck so you can enjoy it through the fall months. It is best to have a professional contracting team do any work on your deck. This way, you can trust that the area is completely safe for everyone in your family, including small children and pets who could easily fall through shoddily built decking.
Have new windows installed.
If you’ve lived in your home for at least five years and have never even considered replacing the windows, summer is an excellent time to do so. Typically, window installation is a fairly simple project for professionals and doesn’t usually take a great deal of time. This means you’ll be able to take advantage of the benefits your new, energy efficient windows have to offer right away. Modern window panes and frames are designed to lower your year-round energy bills by keeping your home at a more even temperature.
Get your gutters cleaned and fixed.
Gutter systems take a beating from fall until spring, even in the warm areas of the Carolinas. In the fall, they can get clogged with leaves and debris, in the winter they have to handle snow and ice in many regions, and in the spring they work overtime due to all the rain. Therefore, summer is the perfect time to have your home’s gutters professionally cleaned and fixed, if needed, for the upcoming seasons. Letting your gutters go without professional maintenance can lead to serious structural problems, such as a cracked foundation or major roof leaks.
Do any painting projects.
The hot, dry summer months are the best time of year to do painting jobs around the house. If you’re planning to paint interior rooms, summer weather allows you to keep windows open for extra ventilation, and if you’re doing an exterior job, you won’t have to worry nearly as much about rain ruining your plans or cold air preventing the paint from drying correctly. It is worth noting that some days might be too hot to paint outside, though. Your painting contractor should keep you abreast of any days his or her team might not be able to work on the project.
These five summer renovation projects will get your home spic-and-span for the rest of the year, including the busy holiday season when you’re sure to be entertaining. What you do around the house in the summertime definitely makes an impact all year long, so if you’ve been thinking about doing some work, don’t put it off any longer! If you need professional assistance on any projects, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Hatch Homes for a consultation.