6 tips for planning a summer home renovation

A summer renovation is just the thing that a home needs after a long winter. People can fix things outside and inside their home as people enjoy the fresh, clean, summer air. If you are planning a renovation, they are probably looking for some tips on the best way to get things done. 

Here are 5 best tips for planning your summer home renovation. 

Start in the Early summer 

Upgrades and renovations that take place outside are ideal for summer renovations. People can soak in the sun and fresh air while crossing some things off of their to-do list. The earlier in the summer people start, the more motivated people will be to complete their list. 

It is also important to have a comprehensive list of things to do. The best thing to do is to check your home thoroughly to spot any unsatisfactory parts. Before making any additions or improvements, you can even fix the lasting problems you have been procrastinating on. For example, the leaking faucet, noisy fridge or shaking dryer. Simply give a local appliance repair company a call to fix any issue right away.  

Consider the Style 

Making changes to your home is exciting, but you also need to make sure that any new changes are consistent with your current style. Or if you want to completely change your home style, you need to make sure that everything matches it. For example, the color is the one of the most obvious factors you can think of. If you plan to get a custom drape for your living room, you want to make sure it matches your new flooring or ceiling tiles. So does other furniture in your living room.  

Order Materials and Labor in Advance 

Renovations take place across multiple stages and the earlier people start planning, the more prepared they will be. It takes time to pick out a contractor and get materials delivered. To make sure people have everything set up and ready to go by the time they want to start their project, people will want to book these things months in advance. The good part is that there are promotions or deals from all kinds of stores like flooring stores or window companies. You can take advantage of them before they go away.  

This is also important when it comes to permits. For example, if people want to build a fence, they might need a permit from the city. These take time to get approved, so file in advance. 

Research Contractors 

We’ve all heard stories of people hiring contractors that take their money and do an awful job, or completely flake. To avoid this, homeowners will want to spend plenty of time researching the person people are going to hire. Read reviews of other people who have hired them to get a feel of how they work.  

Consider Return on Investment 

When people are thinking about any kind of renovation, it is important to consider the return on investment. Even if selling their home is not on their list at the moment, people should consider how the renovation will increase the value of their home. 

Consider Budget 

Budget is extremely important to consider before people start their renovation. people will need to think about every task that will be completed so people can create an accurate budget for the project. Keep in mind that people might want to paint, replace doorknobs, or resurfacing their cabinets.  

Another point that people may ignore is that the budgeting is only related to the projects itself, and it is more related to the overall expenses of the family. You need to take into account any possible big expenses like family vacations or clear teeth aligners for kids, etc.  

Taking on projects by themselves will save people money, leaving people more room in their budget for the actual renovations. 

** This was a contributed post.

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acreage renovation: a basement play and rec room

This was a big renovation that we had no intentions of undertaking until a few years down the road. That is, until our basement flooded in December! Once it did, we were left with no other option but to renovate our entire basement- the majority of which is made up by this playroom and recreational room!

We began by having our old laminate flooring, trim, and bottom portion of the drywall removed. My goodness, was it dirty! The smell alone was that of rotten eggs, and there was just so. much. dust. Fans and heaters were set up to completely dry it out, and it was after a few days. Finally, we were able to start picking out new flooring and baseboards!

Initially I wanted to go with carpet so our basement would feel cozier. However, because of our cistern being located in our basement, there is always a threat of it flooding again. If it did, carpet is one of the hardest types of flooring to dry out- so I was advised against it. Laminate also gets instantly destroyed when wet, as we have discovered. Hardwood was not in our price point, so we ended up settling on a vinyl plank glue down floor. That way, if we do have another flood, we can lift up the flooring, dry it out, and glue it back down. How convenient is that?

We had the vinyl professionally installed as well as much larger baseboards. We also hung shiplap panelling on the one wall. We bought new door handles and switch plates. Then we painted, painted, painted. We painted all of the walls, the doors, shiplap, and stairs! It took a very long time, but eventually, we we were done.

I purchased climbing holds for a rock wall off of Amazon, and we spray painted and hung a makeshift ladder that came with my husband’s vanity on the wall. Now the kids have their own wall that they can just climb on!

We also bought pine shelving, a wood rod, and white brackets from Home Depot. This wall is dedicated for all of their toys, since I didn’t want any of them on the floor. The hangers for their costumes are from HomeSense, the wood crates are from Michaels, and the baskets are from JYSK.

One of the hardest items that I had a tough time settling on was a rug for the rec room. It took me months to find the perfect one. I actually purchased a much larger and greyer rug from Rugs USA, but after putting it under the couch, it just didn’t look how I wanted it to. Then a short time ago I went to HomeSense and was determined to come home with a rug that day. I found two that I liked, and so I FaceTimed my husband and we went over which one we thought would look best. It was between this one and a black and white one. I am soooo glad that we settled on the one that we did! It is just so cute and playful, I feel like it nicely ties in the colourful playroom with the more modern rec room.

I also now have a dedicated spot to get work done, and the kids have a crafting area.

That is our basement renovation in a nutshell!

Emory

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wild geese

Wild Geese

“Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.”

– Mary Oliver

Emory

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preventing plumbing problems at home

Plumbing problems can cause havoc in your home. From minor issues like dripping taps to full flooding, when something goes wrong with your plumbing, it’s a pain to have to sort it out. Even small problems can get worse if you leave them, causing water damage or driving up your water bills. Although you can address problems when they arise, there are also steps that you can take to prevent some of the most common problems. Prevention can be the better way to approach plumbing issues, saving you plenty of time and money. Take a look at these ideas to prevent plumbing problems in your home.

Insulate Exposed Pipes

Pipes that are exposed to the elements could experience problems due to fluctuations in temperature. When it’s cold, old pipes could freeze over and might be at risk of bursting or breaking. Pipes in your attic or basement, as well as some exposed pipes outside, should be insulated to prevent them from getting too cold. You can easily do this yourself if you want to, as pipe insulation is available from any hardware store. It will help to protect your pipes and keep heat in so you save money on hot water too.

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Regularly Check Connections

Connections between pipes and various plumbed-in items around your home can be key areas where problems form. Loose connections and leaks can cause issues, so it’s smart to keep an eye on these areas. It’s a good idea to regularly inspect your home anyway, and even smarter to take a close look at any connections that could start to leak. Sometimes these problems can be very easily solved by tightening something up or using some sort of sealant to fill any gaps. It can help to prevent worse problems later, which might be more difficult to fix.

Keep Your Drains Clear

Blocked drains can cause many issues. Keeping them clear ensures everything is working as it should be. Drains can get blocked due to what you put down them, as well as problems outside your home. Make sure you keep food out as much as possible and avoid pouring oil down your drains. A professional RootX treatment will take care of roots from trees and plants trying to get into your pipes. This can prevent damage and avoid the need for putting new pipes in too, so you can save a lot of money.

Know Where Your Shutoff Valve Is

One of the most important things that you can know is where to find the main shutoff valve for the water supply in your home. This can help to prevent flooding and disaster if anything does go wrong. It’s also important if you want to attempt any basic plumbing tasks around your home, as you will often need to turn off the water first. You might be able to check your property inspection report to locate the valve.

Aim to prevent plumbing problems in your home and you can avoid all kinds of issues that could be expensive to fix.

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top tips for creating a comfortable, fun summer at home

Even if you manage to get away during the summer, you don’t usually spend the whole season away from home. That means that when you’re not visiting elsewhere, you need to make the most of the time you have in your own home. This year, like last year, many more of us may still be at home for the summer, with no chance to travel. But even if you can’t get away at all, you can still enjoy the warmer weather and everything that summer brings. Here’s how to make sure your summer at home is comfortable, fun, and memorable.

Keep It Cool

When it starts to get really hot, the last thing that you want is to be stuck at home with no way to keep cool. Before it gets too warm, servicing your air conditioning unit will ensure it’s good to go. But it’s also handy to have an emergency AC repair service on hand, just in case. A reliable service will be able to come out quickly and fix any issues so you don’t have to wait too long before your home is cool again. If you don’t have efficient AC or it needs a boost, you can use various techniques to keep cool, from the right sheets at night to fans to keep the air flowing.

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Make the Most of Your Space

Just because you’re at home, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun. There are plenty of things that you can do, especially when you make full use of all of the space that you have available. It’s worth thinking about how you might change things around for summer. When the temperature goes up, you don’t need blankets and throw pillows to snuggle into. You might remove rugs or other things that make your home look and feel warmer. Make full use of each room too, as well as your outdoor space.

Plan Some Local Trips

If you want to make sure you’re not stuck at home all the time, think about planning some local trips to go on. There could be a few different ways to explore the region around you, depending on where you are. A trip could mean going to the local park or checking out an outdoor space that allows you to get active. Or you might be thinking about some indoor activities, whether it’s shopping or visiting a museum.

Have a Vacation at Home

You might not be going away anywhere, but you can still have a vacation – or a staycation. Without leaving your home, you can recreate a vacation and have plenty of fun. It won’t be exactly the same, but you can still enjoy yourself, especially if you’re doing it as a family activity. You could go camping in the backyard, fire up the grill, travel the world by trying out new cuisines, or even have a full-on theme night where you pretend you’re on vacation.

Even if you’re at home for the whole summer, you can have an enjoyable time. By creating your own fun and making your home comfortable, you can have a memorable summer.

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