Is anyone else ready for summer? It may seem a little early to begin to wish for longer days and warmer weather, but when it comes to readying your home for summer, the time to talk is now. Let’s look at four of the best home improvement investments you can make this spring.
Build a Deck
Decks are probably the most signature trademark of a Southern home, and there is a very practical reason for their cultural prevalence. Decks are probably the easiest and most cost-effective way to up your curb appeal.
Decks are also a fantastic bridge to nature. They encourage more outdoor living while still offering the comfort of indoor living, particularly if you build a covered deck that affords shade. Decks are also particularly handy for hosting large parties so that you aren’t constricted to just indoor space.
Build a Sunroom Addition
If you’re up for taking on a bit more than just a deck, consider a sunroom addition. Enclosed porches significantly increase your home’s value since they up your square footage while also adding curb appeal. Sunrooms allow you to enjoy the outdoors in a clean and air-conditioned area.
Another advantage to adding a sunroom or enclosing an existing deck is that yearly maintenance becomes easier. Since your space isn’t exposed to the elements, you won’t need to worry about power washing, resealing, repainting, or restaining your deck, and neither will you have to be concerned about finding time to clear cobwebs, leaves, and twigs before entertaining.
Add a Guest House, Green House, Play House, or Stand-Alone Sitting Area
If your property affords the space, consider building an independent structure tailored to your needs. If you host regularly or have in-laws living with you, you may want to consider building a small guest house to afford both them and your own family more privacy. Guest houses are also a fabulous way to increase your monthly income since they offer an attractive rental situation.
Even if you don’t want to construct an entire guest house, your family may love being able to enjoy a stand-alone sitting area, a play house for the kids, or a green house for your gardening needs.
Re-paint, Re-trim, and Re-roof
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to add curb appeal without taking on a major project, consider re-presenting the basics. Adding a fresh coat of paint, installing designer trim, and replacing a dilapidated roof is like buying a couple designer items for your wardrobe: sometimes you don’t have to spend big to look like a million bucks.
If you do decide to add any of these external features to prep your home for warmer weather, be sure that your new additions are stylistically matched to your existing home. The best way to do this is to contract with a home remodeling company that has a keen eye for updating while preserving and modernizing to enhance original structures rather than to detract from their beauty.