Summer is the season to enjoy your yard and the outdoor life, but it can also be the time to complete some value-adding DIY projects around the house. Here are 5 great ways to improve your property –you'll never call it work!
Enhance your Patio
Extend outdoor living space with a new deck and bench seating along two sides of an existing patio. Or place stepping stones strategically to through a planting area, leading guests to an wood deck with an attached ramada. Find ideas for both simple and "over the top" decks at houzz.com.
Beautify the Front Entry
Repaint your front door a bright new color, then add a new keyless lock set to complement the architecture and provide better security. Add stylish numbers, large and distinctive enough to be readily visible from the street. Replace a dated light fixture with one that includes a motion sensor. Hang a seasonal wreath or place pots of bright flowers on the stoop. It's a welcome message!
Go Green with Drip Irrigation
DIY lines are surprisingly easy to install, and make for a great, cost-effective, water-saving project that you can accomplish in a weekend. Over time, you'll save water, energy and money. There are several different types of drip irrigation, and different types of timers. Compare options and plan ahead before getting started. Ongoing maintenance and upkeep is needed to keep a drip system in prime operating condition, but that's a small price to pay!
Light Up the Landscape
Light the path to your front door and add mood lighting to your garden. Create a glow in your backyard; showcase spectacular trees, and make "outdoor rooms" livable day and night. Place accent spots at ground level or hang glowing globes from tree branches. Do it all without plugging in a single cord. Solar lighting options will inspire you! Choose from simple to deluxe by shopping big box home improvement stores, garden centers, specialty lighting companies and online resources. All it takes for spectacular results is a bit of imagination!
Plant a Vegetable Garden
Supplement trips to the grocery store with trips to your own garden. Vegetables and herbs are surprisingly easy to grow and delicious to eat. Teach children about life cycles, health and nutrition. Plus, it's fun, whether you sow seeds in furrows in the ground, build raised garden beds, or grow tomatoes, basil and mint in patio pots. Vegetable gardening is trendy, and it will change your life for the better.
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