Have you noticed that the weather is rapidly changing and that summers are not as they used to be? Whatever the reason may be, the world climate is changing fast, as the summers last longer and grow hotter. The situation is so grave that we are literally forced to prepare our house for summer like we used to do for winter merely half a century ago.
However, this urgentness can serve as an excellent excuse to finally turn into reality all the home improvement we have been dreaming about for years. In most cases, any work you do on your house is really there to make it more comfortable for summertime, like adding a patio, creating a water feature or installing new stylish outdoor awnings. In terms of approaching summer, here are the top 7 home improvements that are not too late to start building now with the application of all the necessary safety procedures. You really want to await the sunny spell with all ten fingers on your hands.
The front first
Once you spruce up the interior and the exterior of your house, you will feel good inside but why not share this feeling with the rest of the world. Your driveway should look marvelous in the summer sun so don’t waste paint trying to revive its looks. Start from the front door that might have chipped paint on it and change its color to a lighter hue, like green, yellow or red.
If you own a mailbox, then it probably needs repainting, especially that trademark red flag that signals that you have mail. Since you will be painting outside, there are no special precautions you need to take, apart from avoiding direct exposure to paint fumes.
Kitchen cabinets have the potential to make or break the look of any kitchen because they take a prominent position in the room. If your cabinets are beaten down, then instead of buying new cabinets, you can refresh the look of the old ones. Take down the old wooden doors and replace them with fancy glass ones and polish all the handles and knobs. By restoring the former bling of the kitchen cabinets, you effectively refresh the look of the entire kitchen, giving it a positive kitschy effect.
Adding a patio
Summer is the time of the year when it becomes comfortable enough to spend more time outside. In order to have the right conditions to enjoy the good weather, you need an improvement that is an integral part of your house but at the same protrudes out into nature, much like a balcony in an apartment building. A deck with a roof, better known as a patio, is the ideal solution for summertime. Although it might seem like a complicated project, building a patio on your own is not as hard as it seems and you will save a decent amount of money.
Once the deck is up and covered with a roof, you can use this space to place a garden set comprised of tables and chairs that can be used for dining. Furthermore, you can place the old sofa here and adorn it with cushion in order to take a nap on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Light (and) pest control
Spending time sitting, lounging, and relaxing in general on the deck in front of the house comes with huge leverage in summer. Don’t you just despise that buzzing sound in the air when mosquitoes make your skin a target? Well, there is one eat trick how to keep them at bay. More than often they are drawn by the light inside your house so turn it off and create an alternative light source outside. There are garden lampposts that are placed in the ground and they can even operate using solar power. The trick is to place them as far away from the house as possible, so they will attract all sorts of flying pests. Instead of the ominous buzzing sound, you will soon enjoy the melody of insects perishing tens of meters in the corner of your property.
Staying safe all the way
It might be cheaper to build a DIY patio rather than hiring a construction company to do it but this involves exposing yourself to a lot of risks, as construction work is dangerous business. That is why you need to protect yourself while doing all the home improvements listed here. Working with power tools requires you to use protective goggles and gloves. If you are working at height, then you need to wear a helmet and preferably have a harness that will prevent you from falling down.
If the home improvement involves tearing down a wall or transporting heavy loads, then you need to protect your feet. There is excellent footwear in the market but Aussie work boots are well-known for their quality, manufacturing tradition, and design that includes a steel toe. Basically, your extremities, hands, and feet, are at greatest risk of injury so go the extra miles to properly protect them.
During summer months the air temperature rises to the point that you start believing it will cook you alive. At such times, you would give everything to cool down and you actually can if you add a water feature to your house. A large garden and a hefty budget mean that a swimming pool is the best option, although there are cheaper but equally effective improvements. For instance, a splash pad is an ideal addition to your backyard if you have kids. It is easy to install and since it’s used only during the hottest of days, it won’t make a dent in your home budget.
If you are a fan of landscaping, then build a fountain that will significantly help lower air temperature in at the back of your house. Couples with tall trees, it will help create the perfect getaway spot during those heat waves in August. There are even indoor fountains that can be purchased ready-made from a garden center that you can place in your living room or bedroom. Imagine going to bed listening to the sound and coolness of running water while it’s 31° outside, which was the average temperature during the last summer in Australia.
Fighting the heat from the inside
Most homeowners crank up the air-conditioning once the outside temperatures skyrocket but this only results in the skyrocketing of the figures on their next month’s electricity bill. A more energy-efficient solution is to install a large ceiling fan. It might not pump cool air inside the hose but it will definitely lower the temperature on the inside and more importantly, help circulate fresh air throughout all the rooms. There are such fans readily available at DIY centers and if you know how to install a light bulb socket, then you’ll have no trouble hooking up the fan to the home power grid. Keep in mind though, that issues may arise if the fan is equipped with light which might be too much for the electric grid to handle so you could blow a fuse.
Whether you choose one or all the 7 projects we listed here, there is no doubt that your house will be ready for summer. This is the time of the year when the center of social activity moves to the outside of the house, so most of the home improvements listed here are in some way connected to the garden. Finally, it is all about staying cool, pun intended and combating the scorching heat of modern summer spells.