Summer Projects

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Home Builder with West Magnolia Charm

There is something about summertime that really motivates me to tackle my to-do list, especially outdoor projects. Obviously, working outdoors is much more enjoyable when the weather is warm, the sun is shining and the days are longer. It makes actually doing the work a little more enjoyable. 

These are 5  projects that are perfect to complete during the summer months.

 

1. Painting your home's exterior. 

Summer is a great time to paint your home's exterior the perfect paint color. Paint and cold weather do not mix well. Depending on the paint being used, it should be no less than 40 degrees out. With that being said, that's not ideal. The warmer the weather is, the better the paint will dry. This is why many people decided to paint their homes in the summer. 

 

2. Replacing Windows.

Old windows are a major cause of heat loss in the winter months. Sometimes there is only so much caulking can do. That is why replacing your windows in the summer is a great time to get it done. Being that it's warm out, you won't have to worry about keeping warm.  And only you have your new updated windows, you won't have to worry about heat loss.

 

3. Replacing the Roof.

Roofs last about 15 to 20 years. So if you are looking to replace your roof, summer is the best time to do it. Roof shingles require heat to form a weathertight seal, so it's basically a no brainer to get it done in the summer. 

 

4. Cleaning out your garage.

In a perfect world, my garage would be neat and organized all year long. However, that's not the case here. I have a passion for restoring old furniture and when I fond a piece I love I'll store in in the garage. Unfortunately, I think I have more times than I actually do and the garage fills up quickly. So for me doing a major cleanout once a year is necessary to keep it under control. What better time to do it than in the summer? This way I can completely clear out the garage.

 

5. Tackle furniture projects.

As I just mentioned, I love to refinish old furniture and summer is my favorite time to do so. Some pieces like this hope chest require more work than others like this dining table. Depending on the project, sanding, staining, or painting can be involved. Not only can it be messy but some of the products used need to be in well-ventilated areas due to the fumes. So being outdoors to do that step is necessary for me. I would much rather work outside in the warmer weather opposed to the colder weather. 

 

Summer is certainly a great time to tackle some projects that are on your to-do list, however, just remember to mix some fun in there as well.

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