The layout and preparedness of your home is something that can make or break your entire summer. Why? Well, regardless of how great your interior decoration is if spending time indoors feels like being in a blazing inferno, chances are that all the work that you’ve invested in it won’t matter as much. Fortunately, if you can do some work around the place to transform it or make it more pleasant during the summer, you might just be able to turn this around. With that in mind and without further ado, here are several home improvements you can try out in order to fully enjoy your summer.
Paint the place
The first thing you want to do is to paint the place during the summer. Why? Well, because getting the air in is a lot simpler when the weather is favorable. The warm temperature will ensure quick drying period, which means that the entire process will be over a lot sooner than during any other season. Other than this, you need to keep in mind the fact that painting in pleasant ambiance also makes a world of difference. Sure, spring might have more favorable temperatures but when you take everything into consideration, you will find that, when it comes to painting (in general), summer is second to none.
Keep the place cold
One of the biggest challenges in summer is your effort to keep the place cold. First, you need to improve the energy efficiency of your home, seeing as how it allows you to keep the place colder with a lot less energy spent. Next, you need to clean your AC unit and ensure that it is serviced and ready for the summer. Also, keep in mind that the average human body produces as much warmth as a 100W lightbulb. So, if you have guests, try to greet them outdoors. In fact, if your backyard is well-arranged and summer-ready, you might want to consider spending time outdoors, either way. Speaking of which…
The first thing you need to address when it comes to preparing your home’s outdoor for the summer is the seating. You see, regardless if you have a patio or a backyard deck, the setup is crucial for the time that you’re able to spend there. If you intend to spend time outdoors in the evening (when the temperature is far more pleasant), you might want to consider investing in outdoor lighting. Going with LED is the safest option. Also, if you are to spend time outdoors during the summer day, you might want to consider elegant backyard shade structures.
Do some landscaping
Keep in mind that if you’re hot, then so is your dog. So, start thinking about what you can do for them. First of all, consider doing some dog-friendly landscaping. One of the things you can do is install a nice sandbox where they can burry bones, treats and toys. Also, keep the grass as short as possible. Other than this, consider planting some flowerbeds in order to enrich the area with some natural dye and scent garden material. Lavender, for instance, is amazing this time of year. In order to make it all eco-friendlier, you can always consider harvesting rainwater.
Set up the pool
Another great outdoor refreshment idea would be to set up a backyard pool. Now, before we get started, a lot of people see pools as something luxurious, even outright extravagant. However, a tiny lap pool is not necessarily that expensive. On the other hand, even an inflatable or portable pool can be a great temporary solution that can make your summer. If you decide to install the pool, you might also want to consider making a deck around it, for both functional and aesthetic reasons.
Set up blinds and curtains
Finally, your home’s windows determine the temperature in more than one way. A double-glazing window is a great insulator that can save your home between $200 and $250 every year both on heating and cooling down the place. However, they can also increase the temperature in the room and in order to avoid this you need blinders and curtains to dim the light. Fortunately, this is an inexpensive investment that can completely transform both the interior and exterior of your place.
At the end of the day, keep in mind that when it comes to improving your own home, the quality of lifestyle is what matters the most. Sure, added resale value is also a great addition, yet, if you don’t have the intention to sell the place anytime soon (or at all), it is definitely not a priority. So, imagine a perfect summer at home and try to provide your household with everything that this implies. Doing this once will make you a lot readier for every subsequent summer.