Summer isn’t just great for baseball games and hanging out at the pool. It’s also the ideal time to tackle home remodeling projects that can be more difficult or costlier to approach in the colder months. Here are some summer home remodeling projects to consider:
Deck or Patio Addition
Many homeowners add deck or patio to their homes in the summer months. After all, you might as well enjoy the great outdoors while the weather is warm. A deck adds more living area to your home, allowing you to eat outside, work on your tan, watch the kids play, or entertain in style. Outdoor living spaces can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. You can opt for a nice wood deck or stone patio, or you can go all-out with an outdoor room equipped with grill, fridge, sink, and fireplace. As outside spaces grow in popularity, decks instantly add value to your house, making it more appealing to prospective buyers. Homeowners can expect a 65% to 100% return on investment depending on the real estate market.
There’s never a good time to lose the use of your kitchen, but summer weather can make it a little more bearable. You have the option of grilling your food when you lose the use of your oven, and your family can gather outside for meals. If your remodeling project involves carving holes in the walls, summertime temperatures will save you from unpleasant blasts of cold air. Kitchen remodeling projects don’t have to be major. A minor kitchen remodel can involve replacing or refacing cabinets, updating appliances, and installing new countertops—without reconfiguring the existing floor plan. Such a remodeling project can give you a completely new look and feel without a major investment of time and money.
Old windows are a major source of heat loss in the wintertime; modern windows are far more energy-efficient—with features like low-E coatings, multiple panes, and argon gas between panes. New window frames also fit better and are less likely to be the source of air leaks that can make your house less comfortable. And they often don’t come with the hassles of storm windows. Energy-Star rated windows can save your family $500 a year or more in energy costs. In addition, modern windows are far easier to operate and clean. Summer is a great time to get your windows replaced, since you don’t need to worry about heating the outside during the installation process. Once winter rolls around, you can enjoy extra warmth and lower energy bills.
Summer is a great time to focus on your home’s exterior appearance. If you think the front of your home is boring or unattractive, you might want to install some landscaping to add color and to soften the hard edges of the house. Summer, when the ground isn’t frozen, is also a great time to lay a new walkway to the front door. Or you might consider replacing the front door itself with something that is more attractive, up-to-date and secure. Front-door replacements tend to be particularly high-value home improvements which can return more than 100% of the cost when you sell the house. Summer is also a great time to consider replacing old or faded siding to give your home a fresher look. Or, perhaps all your house needs is a coat of paint—which can completely transform its appearance at a low cost. a Take a look at your home’s exterior and see what it needs. By the time fall rolls around, it can be far more attractive.
An intact roof is vital to the safety and longevity of your home. A roof protects you, your home, and your belongings from the elements; a leaky roof can quickly cause thousands of dollars in damage. A new roof gives you peace of mind while updating your home’s look and reducing energy bills. Contractors cannot inspect or work on a roof that’s covered in snow or during high winds and rain, so it’s a good idea to replace it when the weather is warmer. In the summer, you can enjoy the energy-saving benefits of your new roof right away if you install a roof with light-colored or reflective materials. Such “cool roofs” can save you considerable money on your cooling bills depending on where you live. If you’re planning an addition or other remodeling project, that’s a great time to consider replacing your roof as well.
Are you thinking about a home remodeling projecting this summer? Schedule a conversation with a Case project consultant and let’s get started!