Summer is here, and the warmer weather makes it the best time to spend outdoors. Another great thing about warmer weather is that you can comfortably move around without worrying about being cold or bundled up. With great weather conditions, it makes for the perfect opportunity to start indoor, and outdoor remodeling projects. However, we highly suggest focusing on mainly outdoors for now until winter returns. The promise of no rain, or any other weather conditions that may hinder projects such as roofing or exterior painting make summertime the peak season for all the projects you’ve wanted to get done.

Focus on these renovations:

Roofing

Summertime is the ideal time for roof repair with how predictable the weather is. Most roofing projects warrant for nice temperatures without the risk of bad weather like rain. The common roof repair like a quick patching or securing loose shingles is an easy fix. With enough confidence and research, you can roof inspect yourself to determine if there is any noticeable damage, and if so, to what degree. If your roof has been well maintained, your chances of needing any work are slim. Any large amount of damage such as leaks are signs you may need to hire a professional roofing specialist to address this issue.

Patio

This is the occasion where for most people it is about spending time outside and enjoying the outdoors while the sun shines. Without a patio deck in your home, then you’re not enjoying the outdoors to its full potential. A patio deck not only creates a space for entertaining, it increases the value of your home since it’s considered a luxury feature.

The typical standard level deck or patio are easy to build with extra helping hands and knowledge or power tools. However, a raised deck will require the work of a professional contractor with skills and experience building decks or patios. The most preferred type of wood for DIY patios is pressure treated wood. It’s not only user-friendly, but it also comes at an affordable price. Let’s not forget about modified wood or composites, both work great and last longer. You also won’t have to be concerned with having to re-stain/seal that is usually needed when working with wood.

Bathroom

In the middle of the heat, you find yourself working on your home; so the options are to upgrade your bathroom or a complete remodel. Kitchen and bathrooms are the two high traffic rooms in a home that can make or break a home when back on the market. Kitchen remodeling is a bigger commitment while also being an even bigger financial investment and leaving you without a means of cooking. Bathroom remodeling is easier to work with considering there’s usually two in a household.

A few easy DIY upgrades are getting a new faucet or a swapping for a better shower head. Polishing your tub and sink can give it a squeaky clean appearance. That may not always do the trick, if your tub and sinks are outdated, now is the time to consider replacing it entirely. Warmer weather also allows for tiling projects in the bathroom to go smoothly. Bathrooms are a smaller space in your home so you can usually renovate them to achieve your ideal “magazine worthy: space without needing to shell out a fortune.

White Kitchen

Despite if it’s a traditional, modern with sleek accents, or simple, a white kitchen will always beat the test of time. The color white in a kitchen screams light, bright, open, and timeless, thus making it a foolproof wise choice for your kitchen update or remodel. 

Relaxing Bedrooms

The bedroom design trend that won’t be going anywhere, anytime soon is… soft colors. Experts say the shifts towards delicate, calming colors creates a more tranquil environment. Soft gray color schemes are a perfect balance to match the white walls and bedding.

Black and White

Often, color trends come and go, but black and white, nevertheless stays a classic duo. This high-contrast combination generates drama in any space chosen. Transform any contractor type bathroom into a sophisticated, refined space with white tiled walls, and black porcelain floors with an elegant chandelier hanging above. 

Vintage Pieces

One design rule that’s faithful? Vintage. Pieces. In every home, a unique vintage piece will fit seamlessly into any room, even newly decorated spaces. Worn or distressed pieces created a collected, designer appearance to your space. 

Marble

This stone looks fantastic in the kitchen, bathroom, floors, and almost any other space! It’s a timeless material that won’t be going out of style anytime soon. 

Freestanding Tub

Regardless of where, or when your home was built, installing a freestanding tub screams one thing: luxury. Picture coming home from a long day at work, or a day out from being active, run the water, soak, and enjoy it for decades to come. 

Navy Blue

You can always rely on navy blue to stay classic. This vivid color remains a staple among colors that aren’t going away. So go for it, take home that navy couch or paint your accent wall blue. Next, switch out throw pillows and accessories to keep decor current. 

Built-in Wall Shelving

Storage that’s built already built in your home provides utility without additional furniture and can be a bonus selling point in the case you ever decided to put your home on the market. This extra storage space attains a warming feel of a classic in-home library while at the same time giving it a modern look of white bookshelves. 

Vivid Front Door

Curb appeal means the home is always in style. An effortless way to captivate charm is by adding a bold front door. Select a bright hue and paint it over the weekend.  

Metallics

Gold, Silver, Brass, and Copper will add shine that never goes out of style. Mingle them together with mirror pieces to reflect the shine surrounding them. 

Fireplaces

Love outdoor bonfires? Stoves and fireplaces have gone from being an essential, to nice to haves luxuries. However, the dire urge of these innovative extras show zero signs of burning out. 

Not every home renovation/remodel project needs the professional touch. Sure, the more complicated arenas of demolition and building or working with utilities is better left to the experienced. But when it comes to more mundane jobs, you’ll be fine with your two hands. Painting, for example, is one of the quickest ways to make a dramatic shift in your home without the need for a professional. If you’re in a renovation project yourself, you can save money by taking on this later step of the process. Before you get started, though, heed this advice for results that look like you shelled out the big bucks to make it happen.

Paint And The Weather
Truth be told, while it’s a relatively easy job (in the sense that literally anybody can do it) it’s an involved process that takes time, attention to detail, and steady work. You may not think the weather would affect your paint project at first, but it does. How? Drying times. Cold and humid weather extends the dry times, which extends the total time it will take to finish. If you’re working on a tight schedule, check the weather and pick a weekend that is likely to be sunny and warm. If you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place, it’s still manageable, but maybe don’t make any plans until it’s finished.

Tools For Success
If there’s one thing that’s going to result in success or failure, it’s having the right tools for the job. Specifically your paint, brushes, tape and rollers. These are where you want to spend your money. It isn’t so much about brand as it is quality and what’s right for your job.

The texture of your walls affect brushes and rollers. Highly textured walls need a roller with a thick nap (that’s the fluff of the roller). Too thin a nap and your paint won’t cover all the crevices of your popcorn drywall. Too thick for a smooth surface and you’re likely to end up with an uneven application and waste paint.

You want an angled brush that’s at least 2 inches wide and made of material that best suits the type of paint you’re using. The angle will allow you to reach into those corners and cut around trim and edges. Latex paint pairs best with a synthetic brush. If you’re using an oil-based paint, though, you want a natural paint brush (usually made with hog hair). Consult a team member at your local hardware/paint store for ultimate guidance.

Tape matters. You might think you can get away with the cheap brand, but taking that route can lead to bleeding and messy lines around your baseboards, the ceiling, and trim. All other tools, however (trays, liners, handles/extensions, dropcloths), don’t need to be top of the line. Save money here.

Where do you want to invest the most money? On your paint. A good quality paint (and there are plenty out there to choose from, fear not) will be the difference between a sophisticated, sleek finish, to something that looks, well… cheap.

Execution
There’s always a method to the madness. First, you always want to clear the area, properly store valuables, remove switchplates, and tape everything not being painted. You also want to clean the walls and allow them plenty of time to dry. As with anything, a clean surface is the first step to success. Dust and then wipe stains with a damp cloth (adding soap as needed; dish soaps with a degreasing agent for extra oomph). Best to do all of this prep work the night before you begin painting, so you can start fresh first thing in the morning.

Work from hard to easy. Cutting around the trim will be the most time consuming portion as it requires precision, care, and attention to detail. Always have a damp rag nearby should you accidentally spill or paint something that’s not supposed to be painted.

Because trim work is so meticulous and time consuming, always start with the edges and then fill in the blanks. If your room is particularly large or has lots of edgework, you may need to do one wall at a time. You don’t want the edges to become too dry before filling in with your roller.

After you’ve got the edges done, fill in with your roller in an “N” pattern. Applying the paint this way – as opposed to straight up and down – prevents lines and streaking, leaving you with a smooth, even coat. Wait about an hour between coats. If you’re going one wall at a time or a large room you may find that by the time you finish wall 4, wall 1 will be ready to go. You’ll know it’s time to apply the next coat when it is dry to the touch; not too dry, not too tacky. Always apply two coats.

Let your room dry overnight before restoring order to the chaos. Patience is a virtue. The last thing you want is to move furniture back in before it’s truly dry, bump a wall, and then you mess up the paint job and get paint on your lovely velvet couch. All in all, you can expect to spend a solid weekend (beginning Friday night and finishing Sunday afternoon) from start to finish on this project. It will be work, but it will be worth it. No go forth and conquer!