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7 Summer Projects That Can Add Value to Your Home
Hey Y’all. Guess who is back with a great article on Summer Projects? If you guessed my blogging buddy Kacey, then you are right. This time Kacey is bringing us 7 Summer Projects That Can Add Value to Your Home and we all want to add value to our homes…right. Let’s get the summer fun started.
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Summer is the season to gather with friends and family for backyard barbecues. To hold up in the AC and enjoy an at-home movie night. To whip up cocktails and enjoy them in a rocking chair on the front porch. But if your home isn’t a summery oasis, then you might not want to invite your crew over to enjoy the warmer weather. Instead of dodging hosting duties all summer long, maybe it’s time to give your home a makeover — or at least a small update.
If you’re looking for ways to make your abode more summer-friendly and add some value in the process, try one of these projects this summer.
1. DIY Deck
Do you have a beautiful stretch of grass — or maybe a not-so-beautiful stretch of dirt— sitting out back at your home? Despite the outdoor space’s current aesthetic, you can transform it into a simple deck for less than $900. And you won’t have to wait on a construction crew to make it happen. If you have a set of power tools and the ability to follow directions, you can construct a small but stunning deck that you’ll spend most of your summer nights enjoying with friends.
2. Plant Wall
Does a DIY deck sound a little overwhelming? Don’t worry, we have some easier options for you, too. Skip the deck and design a plant wall instead. There are a few different ways to do this, but the least labor-intensive involves repurposing mesh shoe organizers, the kind that you hang over the back of your closet door. Fill them with soil and root succulents in them, then hang the organizers around your outdoor space to instantly add some greenery to any space.
3. Patio Misters
Do you find yourself staying indoors during the summer because it’s just a little bit too balmy in your backyard? There’s an easy solution that doesn’t require wasting energy by attempting to send your AC outside. Install patio misters to help you cool down on warm summer days. If you’re handy, you can do this yourself using a kit designed for the novice. If you’re not great with tools, hire a professional to install misters that spray you with cool water on hot days.
4. Water Feature
Maybe it’s not the temperature that keeps you inside in the summer, but rather the backyard ambiance. If this is the case, there’s an easy way to spruce up your lawn: find an empty corner and add a water feature. You can pick up a small fountain at a store like Home Depot or create something on a larger scale, like a man-made pond. Either way, the infusion of fresh water will instantly add some value (and flair) to your home this summer.
5. Gravel Pathway
It could just be a simple touch that will make a big difference outside your home. For instance, maybe a gravel pathway out into the backyard is all it takes to cover up a stretch of dirt where grass just refuses to grow. Again, you can get all of the supplies you need at Home Depot or Lowes. And since this project essentially just involves laying down the stone, almost anyone can do it with relatively few issues, even if you’re not much of natural DIYer.
6. New Shingles
Summer is usually a season when rain showers and thunderstorms move in, watering the earth and ensuring summer blossoms continue to bloom. This means it can be a difficult season for your roof, especially if your shingles are outdated. Take advantage of the warmer weather to replace your current roof with customized shingles. Not only will they make your home more resilient against summer storms, they’ll also add some style to your rooftop.
7. Fire Pit
There’s nothing quite like the crackle of a fire to make it feel like summer. Construct your own tabletop fire pit to bring that signature summery crackle to your backyard. It doesn’t require much time or experience, and since it’s smaller than your average fire pit, you won’t waste lots of outdoor space on this cute and fun feature. Don’t worry — just because it’s small doesn’t make this DIY fire pit any less effective in terms of elevating your outdoor environment.
Now that you have a few projects to keep you occupied this summer, it’s time to get to work. Just choose which idea you’d like to try, whether it’s a DIY that’ll take an afternoon or one of the larger construction projects that could span multiple days. Then enlist your most creative friend, gather your materials, and get to work. With a bit of elbow grease and creativity, your abode will look much swankier and jump in value before the end of August rolls around this year.
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Kacey Bradley is the lifestyle and travel blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she frequently writes for sites like US Travel News, Thought Catalog, Style Me Pretty, Tripping.com and more!