3 Outdoor Projects for Summer
The weather is warm, the flowers are blooming, convertibles are out in full force, and it’s time for some outdoor projects. Here are some ideas for outdoor projects that can either add value to your home, be something you will enjoy for years to come – or both!
- Outdoor fire pit/fireplace. Sometimes even in the summer, the nights can be cool. What better way to enjoy the outdoors than sitting around a fireplace or fire pit? A seating area, chairs and a couch with cushions complete with rug is a cozy way to be outdoors well into the Fall. I have seen plenty of nice sets online in community groups. I have even seen people selling brand new sets that didn’t fit their space. Their mistake can be your gain if you keep your eye out. Get out the marshmallows and invite your friends over!
- Landscape beds with sprinklers or drips. I enjoy digging in the dirt and it is so nice to see all the colors of plants and flowers. What’s not so fun is having to water them constantly in the heat of Summer. Why not think about installing a sprinkler system under your landscaping beds? Or, if you have pots and planters, you can install a drip system to keep your plants and flowers looking great all season. You can have fun with different sizes, styles and colors. If you want to go all out, place a fountain in the landscape bed and create a peaceful space that is both inviting and relaxing.
- Go all out with a pool. If you really want to make the most of your Summer days, get a pool. Pools range from small above-ground pools to elaborate in-ground pools with waterfalls. The space, ground, building restrictions, and cost are all a factor with this one. Also, something to consider is that you won’t typically get your money back out of pools when you sell so don’t do this to add value. Do this because you plan on staying a while or you really want a pool! Consider maintenance costs as well. You may find it better to join the local swim club. But if you do decide to install a pool, chances are, you will find you have friends you never knew about – so let me know when it’s open for the season and I’ll bring my cooler!
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. Wife to Robert, “Mom” to Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.