It’s that time of year again—the sun is shining, you wake up motivated, and your yard is calling your name. If one of your favorite summer activities is spending time outside working on your landscaping and beautifying your home, you are not alone. Once you plant the annuals and put down mulch, there is more you can do to keep up the momentum. These small projects, which you can do to add charm and style to your home, will impress your friends and neighbors.
Your gardens and beds look lovely in the afternoon sun, but they don’t need to go to sleep at sundown. Consider adding solar-powered spotlights throughout your yard to up light trees, highlight gardens and hedges, and provide additional light for spending evenings outside. The selections available today are inexpensive and offer a wide variety of styles and sizes
Freshen Up Your Exterior Paint
Painting your home can entail something as small as a new color for the trim or taking on a job as large as repainting the entire house. If your paint is faded, chipped, and peeling, it may be time to hire a painting contractor for a full-on paint job, but if you simply want to add some attractive detail, paint the trim. The best advice for painting trim is to select a color that is darker than the primary color of the house.
Cover That Condenser
Many homeowners choose to cover their central air condenser with a decorative fence or custom-made box to disguise the unsightly piece of equipment, which is an excellent option because it shields the condenser from the elements. If you wish to make it less obtrusive, consider shrubbery or an attractive hedge.
Add Patio Screens
One of the best ways to create a beautiful patio area is to install outdoor shades and patio screens. This investment in your backyard is visually appealing, as well as functional. The screens act as a shield from the sun’s rays and keep the bugs away. Motorized outdoor shades are a favorite of many Austin, Texas homeowners because they can be raised or lowered at the touch of a button and work with smart home platforms.
Construct a Garden Path
Our yards and gardens act as an oasis from the worries of the modern world. A pretty path through the flowers is a great way to find an escape in the yard, no matter how small. Consider using reclaimed brick, fieldstone (often available from local farmers), or stones collected from creek beds or woods on your property.
These easy summer projects will give you a sense of achievement and provide a few outdoor chores that are more fun than just mowing the lawn. You’ll be happy with the added flair that a few small additions will give your home this year.