It’s summer and the livin should be easy. With that said, this season of warmer days and longer nights is also a great time to get some projects done, especially the ones that will add value to your property. They’re the DIY kind, that you can’t possibly screw up. Well, even if you did, it wouldn’t set you that far back, but let’s be hopeful! You can do this, we can help! (#homedepot)
Credit.com has some excellent ideas, here are four of our favorites:
Paint the door
Plant a Vertical Garden
Beautify a blank wall by planting a vertical garden. “It can add architecture to the side or back of a home and be more structural” if you opt for, say, hanging planters, stacked crates, or a lattice, Kelly says. And the plants can be anything, from herbs used for cooking to bright gerbera daisies and vines.
Inside projects for a rainy day:
Change the cabinet hardware
“Changing the actual cabinet hardware can make a huge difference,” says Kelly, who recommends going with nickel for a more modern look. “It can dress up the cabinet.” Clear knobs are another option for a timeless and elegant feel, plus, they match nearly everything.
Add light dimmers
These days, homeowners are adding light-control dimmers and switches for the energy efficiency, not just the drama, Kelly says. “[Dimmers] are very affordable and create mood and ambiance,” plus you can use them with the lights that you already have. For a dramatic look, they work great in the dining room and bedroom.
All work and no play? Don’t worry, we won’t leave you hanging. Here’s some more fun ideas from DIY&Crafts:
An Outdoor Theater
Imagine having an outdoor theater in your back yard. Why, you’ll be the envy of your entire neighborhood and only you will know how easy it was to create. If you have a projector, you’re halfway there already. Now you just need a screen and some comfy seating. You can get screen fabric for less than $40 per yard if you want or you could simply use a white sheet or tarp. Then just hang the screen, add your pillows and get ready to spend a lot of time outside during the upcoming summer evenings.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Running-w-scissors
Hula Hoop Hideout
Giving the kids a special place to play, and one that offers privacy, is a great way to get them to spend some time outdoors. You can create wonderful hideaways with hula hoops (which you can buy at the Dollar Store for about a dollar each) and some old sheets. You just have to loop the hoop through a tree and then add your sheet to the top to offer cover. Not only does it give them a secret hideaway of sorts, it offers great shade so you have fewer worries of them getting too much sun during the hotter part of the day.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Alannageorge
Outdoor Tic Tac Toe
Kids and adults alike will have hours of fun playing with this outdoor Tic-Tac-Toe game that you can make yourself from painted rocks and patio tiles. You simply spray paint the rocks or stones black and then add the Xs and Os to create the game. The patio tiles or pavers work as the base for the game and you can store everything in a terra cotta pot on the back deck when the game is not being played so that there are no worries of pieces being lost.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Nwedible
You’ll be tired from all that work. It just makes sense that you would need a rest; after one more project of course:
A Backyard Couch
With just a few cinderblocks, a few pieces of lumber and some cushions, you can create a beautiful and very comfortable couch for your backyard. You just have to stack the blocks and insert the boards through the holes. You will want to use concrete adhesive to ensure that they don’t fall when someone sits on the couch. Then just add a cushion or two and you have a wonderful couch that is both attractive and cheap to build. It’s also really easy. It should only take an hour or so to complete or longer if you are planning to make the cushions.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Lenasekine
These are the lazy days of summer but they can be fun and productive too. Contact us today if you are interested in knowing which remodeling projects will add the most value to your home. Interested in making a move? Contact our mortgage team member Mike Monile to find a price range that’s right for you and we’ll make it happen.