Spring & Summer Home Improvement Projects

Spring is all about hitting the reset button and starting new things. It’s the season of blooming flora, cleaning and decluttering, new beginnings, and definitely some home-improvement projects to get your space ready for summer (or simply to treat yourself to a beautiful upgrade).

Home improvement projects have always been popular during the spring and summer months and this year is no different. All that’s really changed are some of the things that people are doing to their homes in order to increase their value and beauty. If you’ve been looking to add something new to your home or to improve an already existing project, this is the perfect blog post for you to read and share with another homeowner in your life! 

For those of us with children, creating fun and educational environments for them to grow and flourish in is a pretty high priority. There are many options available for you and can change when you factor in your budget and time able to spend. An interactive and stimulating option for almost all ages is a backyard playhouse.

Depending on the age of your children, size of your backyard and budget you can build a whole other world in your backyard for kids to run, play, learn and explore being out in nature. Some of our favorite ideas are adding a place at their height to grow plants, adding a water table or other sensory area and adding laminated print outs of local flora and fauna to add educational benefit to their outdoor spaces. 

Building a shed for storage purposes or an outdoor work space is another great and relatively simple project that adds value to your home and creates a nice space to declutter your home and/or add an external area within the comfort of your property.

There are many options when it comes to a shed and a lot of details change depending on what purpose you see for the shed space. Adding floating shelves is a detail that works perfectly for storage/home office but the quantity and size depending on their purpose. Choose a spot in your yard that offers convenient access and prepare a solid, even foundation. You can purchase shed kits at home centers and online, or you can find building plans that can easily be customized with different materials. 

If your home’s siding is starting to flake and peel just a few years after a paint job, the siding may be past the point where a mere cover-up will suffice. Worse yet, loose or missing boards reduce your home’s weather resistance and contribute to higher heating and cooling costs. Fortunately, as with most exterior updates, the reliably warm weather of summer provides the best time to re-side. Nothing increases curb appeal quite like new siding. The right style can transform a tired-looking house into the best-looking home on the block – and Bear Creek Lumber is committed to helping everyone find the best siding options for their homes at great prices. 

Building a composting bin or two is another great and affordable option for a fun project to do with kids, adds great benefit to your garden/plants and also adds value to your property. Composting produces a nutrient-rich material for plants and flowers. Even if you aren’t a gardener, composting is an eco-friendly way to dispose of many organic materials without sending them off to the landfill. There are several great options that we carry for dirt friendly buildings. Western Red Cedar being one of them, its natural resistance to moisture, mold and mildew plus durability and beauty factor make it an ideal option for building raised garden beds and/or composting bins.

Consider building an outdoor kitchen if you love to host BBQ’s in the summer months and continue to host gatherings throughout the year. If you’ve ever wished you could have all of your cooking supplies by your side while whipping up dinner outside, then an outdoor kitchen might just be the summer project for you. Outdoor living spaces provide a place to cook and entertain while never having to pop inside to check on dinner. Outdoor kitchens are some of the best places to have people congregate and allow any children to run around and enjoy the outdoors with the adults around them. Plus these spaces are fully customizable to you and your family’s needs! 

Have you been wanting a fence? You should probably build a fence. Fences are good for distinguishing property lines, creating more privacy and improving the safety of your yard for children and pets. When you add a fence to either your front or back yard, or both, you are continuing to create the ideal living environment by adding a layer of safety, comfort and beauty to your property. Raw wood or adding stain or paint further adds to creating the home of your dreams and gives a great boost to your property value and resale value. Everybody loves a good fence.

Replacing or repairing your roof is an essential factor in maintaining the integrity of your home, keeping everyone in your home safe and saving money on your electric bill every month. The average lifespan of a roof is roughly 11 to 21 years. The warmer months are the best time for a roofing project, because new shingles require heat in order to form a watertight seal. In fact, wintry conditions and reroofing simply don’t mix. On top of the basic concerns, adding a new tile or shingle to your roof can massively change the look of your home and add a unique touch or new glimmer to your home. 

There are endless possibilities when it comes to projects around your home and yard to add beauty and value, it all comes down to what you’d like to do this time of year! Let us know what else you’d like to see from our blog and thank you for reading. We hope that it has sparked some great ideas for you! 

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