Instead of going away for a vacation in the summer, many families opt for staycations. Keeping this trend in mind there a few fixes and maintenance tasks that can help you enhance your outdoor living areas and provide enjoyment for the whole family. These modifications will also add long-term value to your home. So whether you plan on hosting a barbecue or a pool party in the summer, or simply want to spend time relaxing on your patio, the following outdoor living projects will help you create a seamless transition from indoors to outdoors.
Clean the Exterior and Outdoor Areas
You should start by cleaning your house’s exterior and outdoor living areas which may including the siding, the patios, decks, driveways and walkways.
Exterior Maintenance and Repair
During the cleaning you may have noticed some cracks on the driveway or sidewalks. You can fill these cracks up with concrete repair caulk. If you have an asphalt driveway, you can fill the cracks with an asphalt repair material and re-seal the driveway, if required. You can also scrape any loose paint from your home’s siding or wood trim. Also make sure to prime any bare wood with an exterior oil or latex primer. Once the primer is dry, caulk and putty any cracks, holes, or gaps in the surface. In the end apply two topcoats of exterior paint to the entire surface. For further maintenance and repair inspect the wooden fences, gates and deck boards, so that you can replace any damaged wood. If the nails have become loose over time, you should replace them with corrosion resistant deck screws so that they stay put for a longer period of time.
Enhancing the Outdoor Space
After the cleaning and repairing, it is finally time to add the finishing touches to your landscape and outdoor living. Pull out the weeds and add mulch to the gardens and planting beds. You can improve your home’s curb appeal by hanging new house numbers, installing new outdoor light fixtures, or going for a repaint.
Lighting and Decorating
Layer outdoor lighting can provide a great effect to your outdoor living space. Just like indoor lighting, outdoor lighting is most effective if it uses the overhead task and ambient light sources. Even in outdoor spaces, which are typically without any boundaries or borders, the layered lighting will enhance the functionality and overall look of the area and also help define smaller sitting and entertainment areas. It is also important to ensure safety and security. You can enhance the security with lighting near the entrances and in the dark corners.