Renovation projects perfect for summer

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) – While summer is a time of pool parties, ice cream, beaches, weddings and all sorts of other fun stuff, it’s also a great time for some small home renovation projects.  Longer daylight hours and hopefully good weather, plus the kids are home so they can help and give them a sense of accomplishment!

LANDSCAPING:

  • The ground is softer so easier to install an irrigation system or new lighting OR even install a new swimming pool!
  • Soft ground also gives you the freedom to move things around until you find just the color pallet you want.
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  • Shrubs need the warmth of summer to get ready for a cooler fall.
  • Trim the trees, let in more light and air!
  • Clean the gutters.

SMALL “ON THE BACK BURNER” PROJECTS

  • Stain the deck or install a new porch railing
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  • A good rainy day activity is to re-organize the closets – making room for all that swim gear!
  • Install new exterior lighting on garage, front porch or deck
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  • If you recall drafty windows during the winter, now is a great time to caulk them – which will also help with your AC.

KITCHEN UPGRADE

  • If your contractor kicks you out of the kitchen – which will help get the project completed more quickly – set up a modified out door or in the garage kitchen.
    kitchen summer renovation standale interiors
  • Small fridge, prep area, place to wash dishes, of course paper plates and grilling!
  • Summer is a great time for al fresco dining so take advantage of it!
  • AND if your kitchen only needs a facelift
    -Paint
    -New hardware
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    -Colorful accessories
    -New set of fun dishes for entertaining

PAINT THE HOUSE – INSIDE OR OUT

  • If painting indoors, it’s easier to keep the windows open for faster drying time and better ventilation
  • If painting outdoors, at least you won’t have to deal with spring or winter storms

RE-PAVE YOUR DRIVEWAY
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  • Asphalt hardens more slowly in hot weather, which means a flatter, smoother finish.
  • A good contractor should be able to do the job in one day. Let it cure for a few days and you’ve got a fresh, new driveway!

ADD POPS OF COLOR ALL OVER THE HOUSE!
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  • Throw pillows
  • Area rugs
  • Fun and funky family artwork
  • New duvet

 

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