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Outdoor projects to consider this summer

Date posted:  6/29/16 09:00:00 AM Budget friendly summer projects

With summer's warmer weather, now is the perfect time to get started on some home renovation projects inside and outside your home.

Projects can either be much-needed fixes and updates, or nice-to-have remodels. . Even better, some remodels can increase the value of your home, if you decide to move in the future.
The following are some outdoor projects you might find appealing this summer season:

Outdoor spaces
Staying inside all summer is never fun. Head outside on a patio or deck to soak in the sun, or invite friends and family over for cookouts. But before you do, you have to see if your backyard space is suitable to host such events.

If you don't already have a deck or patio, now could be the perfect time to add one to your home. Patios are great because they can be as small and simple, or large and intricate as you want. You just have to make sure you have enough space for any elaborate patio designs.

Additionally, patios work well with any house in any location, whether you're spending the summer in a bustling city, small town or at a cabin. The same applies if you decide to build a deck instead.

Luckily, building a patio isn't too expensive. According to The Family Handyman, a patio will only set you back approximately $500, with more elaborate designs carrying a higher price tag. The project difficulty is also moderate and can be completed in a weekend or two. Constructing a deck might require the use of a contractor and is generally more expensive.

According to HGTV, a professionally-built, pressured-treated wood deck will run you about $15 per square foot. Using other materials will cause the final price to increase.

Once those structures are completed, you now have to factor in the cost of new outdoor furniture. With numerous options, you can find any type of furniture depending on what you're planning to use the space for.

For example, Better Homes and Gardens highlighted how you can find furniture sets to create outdoor kitchens and add an ambience, or you might find it more appealing to buy furniture that is intimate and good for having conversations.

The options are endless when remodeling and decorating an outdoor patio or deck.

Build a fire pit
Even with the warm weather, fire pits can still come in handy. Late nights roasting marshmallows with your children or reminiscing with friends next to a crackling fire never gets old.

As with building a patio, constructing a fire pit is not overly difficult, but there are some tips to keep in mind if you decide to spend a weekend on this project.

According to DIY Network, you'll want to plan for the pit to be a minimum of 25 feet away from any trees or your home, and it should be in accordance with your city or town's local building codes. As long as you follow those guidelines, you can design the fire pit as you see fit.

The cost of building a fire pit will vary depending on the size, materials used and if you complete the project yourself or hire professional help. The Family Handyman put the price range anywhere from $100 to $500, but costs could be higher in some instances.

Tidy up the yard
The last summer project is one that won't cost a lot of money and is a good habit to start during the summer months: maintaining your front and back yards, no matter how large or small they are.

Common maintenance tasks include cutting or trimming the grass, watering it and spreading fertilizer to ensure it's healthy and grows into a luscious green. However, not every house has the foundation for a pleasant yard, and you may need to hire professional landscapers to re-sod your entire yard. You'll know if you have to re-sod if your lawn if there are patchy areas that you can't seem to fix or if the grass does not look healthy.

The average maximum cost for sod is $0.90 per square foot, but installation will also have to be factored in at $1 per square foot. While they might add up, the costs can add a pleasant sight for guests and potential homebuyers to look at when they come visit your house.

This summer, take the time to go through your home and assess your outdoor spaces. The outside of the house could be primed for a makeover, and these projects can help you update the space.