4 Summer Time Treats for You and Your Home

by Jon Nunan

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With summer on its way out and fall fast approaching, people all over the country are doing their best to soak in the sun while they still can. If you're like most of us, there are a few things you can do with your property that will make next summer even more enjoyable. For those in climates where construction can happen nearly all year round, there's still plenty of time to prepare your home for the next outdoor season; if your fall and winter temperatures are a bit less forgiving, time is quickly running out to treat your property, and yourself, to the best summer has to offer. If you act fast, however, each of these four projects can bring an extra boost to your next summer that will be sweeter than ice cream in July!

Cool Drinks and Warm Nights Are Better With a Deck
Even though the days of sunbathing will soon be replaced by autumn, your property, much like the people who reside there, still have some time to benefit from the current weather. One of the most desirable home improvement projects for those who like to spend as much time outdoors as they can is building a deck. Deck construction late in the season is one project that can actually be speedy enough to still get a little use out of it before the temperatures change. Decks are perfect areas for relaxing and entertaining, alike; if you want to truly construct the perfect summertime hang-out, consider adding a small outdoor kitchen, as well!

Beat the Heat with an Air Conditioning Upgrade
An air conditioning upgrade just might be the perfect summertime treat for homes and homeowners, alike. Though a bit more expensive than a milkshake, good air conditioning is an even better way to stay frosty, no matter what the temperature is outside. If your central air was installed a few decades ago, upgrading to a more efficient condenser will not only be a treat when you're relaxing inside, but when you open your energy bill, too! For homeowners who were told in the past that their property was simply not able to be air conditioned, now is a good time to have a look at ductless systems which can go where traditional A/C systems couldn't.

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Treat Children to a Remodel of Their Own
Where adults often see warm weather as a perfect setting for relaxing and taking it easy, when it comes to kids, summer means no school, popsicles, and, of course, playing outside. While they are sure to enjoy decks and air conditioning as much as adults, kids will be particularly pleased when planned for their use and playtime. For most of us, it might be a little late to start construction on a swimming pool, but a backyard play area, playhouse, or even some new landscaping (it's incredible what kids can think to do with even a mound of dirt) is certainly feasible on short notice.

Bathroom Remodels
Okay, on the surface, a bathroom remodel might seem an unlikely project to consider a 'summertime treat.' However, when you think about how nice washing away a sweaty summer day can be, replacing old, worn out shower and bath fixtures with ones that do a better job (and may even save you some money in the long run) can be more appealing than a day at the water-park! As one of the most popular home improvement projects in the country, bathroom remodels are an investment that you'll enjoy all year round, and in many cases, one that returns a large portion of its cost in added value to your property!

Jon Nunan is a freelance writer who draws on his experience in construction, ranging from landscaping to log home building, for his articles on home improvement.