Outdoor Home Improvement Projects for When You Need to Get Outside
We’ve all been a little more cooped up than we’re used to and along with spending so much more time in our homes comes the desire to ensure that your home fits your every need.
Whether you plan to sell your home in the near future or just want to add on a few touches to make your home better suit the new lifestyle of you and your family, we’ve got some ideas for you. Plus, don’t forget to download our backyard makeover guide for the ultimate step-by-step to creating your dream backyard.
Plan and Execute a Garden
Even if you’re convinced you have a black thumb, now is as good a time as any to try gardening. But in order to grow a successful garden, you have to plan it out first.
If you plan on planting in your backyard, pick a relatively flat area that gets a good amount of sunlight and doesn’t have drainage problems. Decide how big you want your garden to be then mark it off with pavers like the homeowner in the photo above so that you have a designated area for your garden.
If you don’t have the yard space, a container garden is a great alternative and an indoor herb garden is great if you don’t have a yard.
Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal
No matter if you’re looking to sell your home or if you just want it in tip-top shape and looking its best, now is a great time to do some home improvement projects. Here are a few ideas:
Replace Damaged Bricks and Loose Mortar
Even though brick is the most durable building material, its rigid durability makes bricks susceptible to long-term damage. Over time, extreme temperatures and water absorption can cause brick and mortar to crumble.
Luckily, this has been happening since masons first started laying bricks and there are plenty of techniques and tutorials out there on replacing damaged brick and repairing loose mortar that don’t involve tearing the house down and starting over. The process of fixing damaged mortar is a technique called repointing or tuck-pointing. Check out our blog post on how to remove and replace damaged bricks.
Paint Your Brick Home’s Trim
This can truly transform your home’s exterior. Not only is a color that coordinates well with your home’s brick important but what you consider trim is also a big factor. Some people will just paint everything that isn’t brick when some parts, like the gutters for example, would be better left to blend into the brick. For tips on how to pick a trim color that coordinates perfectly with your brick home, check out our article here.
Stain, Whitewash, or Paint Your Brick Home
If you’re looking for a home improvement project that’ll keep you occupied for several days, this is the one. While we certainly love to let the natural colors of brick shine through, we realize that a lot of homeowners prefer to change their color. Not sure which is the best option for you? Read our article comparing the three techniques to help you decide which is right for you and your home.
Give Your Front Door a Fresh Coat of Paint
Your front door sees a lot of traffic which is why it’ll start to show its wear and why a new coat of paint can upgrade your home’s appearance so drastically. This is one of the least expensive and simplest ways to achieve a transformation to your home. The great thing is that because brick offers a nice neutral backdrop, almost any color will work.
If your front door is damaged beyond repair, a fresh coat of paint isn’t going to do everything you need it to. In that case, a full replacement may be your best option. Save money by choosing a new door that matches your current door’s dimensions because widening a doorway on a brick home is much more difficult than a wooden one.
Prepare the Barbecue
Even if it’s just you and your family that you’re cooking for right now, grilled food just tastes a little better and hits a little different. Now is the perfect time to do a safety check and deep clean your grill especially if you’re surprised to find out that it needs it.
Maybe you’re ready to upgrade your outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven. We’ve got you covered there too. Stop by one of our two locations and check out our extensive selection. We’ll have your home in tip-top shape in no time!