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Outdoor Project Ideas to Inspire You

Outdoor Project Ideas to Inspire You

Now that spring and summer are just around the corner, you can get inspired this year with any number of outdoor projects to spruce up your property.  This is the time of year that homeowners bust out from the hibernation endured during the wretched winter months and gear up for the warmth of outdoor living. Whether you’re a weekend warrior who plans on doing some exterior projects on your own or you’ve decided to go all out with a professional organization, there is no shortage of outdoor project ideas that will inspire you.

Outdoor projects like cleaning out the garage, landscaping, building decks, designing walks and patios, installing water features, swimming pools or a complete backyard oasis are just a few ideas that come to mind. There’s no better time than now to consider what type of projects you would like to create during the spring and summer months. Not only will you get the personal satisfaction that you have improved the curb appeal of your home, but you will be contributing to an increase in its resale value as well.

1. Declutter The Garage

Spring can’t come soon enough to get yourself organized and clear out the garage if the only thing that can’t fit in the garage is your car and it lives in the driveway. Nothing says messy more than a cluttered and congested garage filled to the rafters with unusable junk or useable items that have no home to call their own.

The garage always seems to become a dumping ground for things we don’t, or can’t, keep in the house and it ends up being a glorified shed where we collect all sorts of clutter. To fully utilize the space, the collection of “stuff” needs to be organized or moved out completely. Spring is a great time to roll up your sleeves and dig out from underneath the rubble to an efficient and orderly garage and reclaim all of the precious space.

2. Lay Flagstone Walkways and Patios

Adding a flagstone walkway or patio to your home is an ideal way to add a personal look to your landscape and extend your outdoor living space. You can build a walkway leading to your front door or backyard for a specialized visual appeal.  A walkway and small patio can be created near a garden for a quiet retreat or created in the vicinity of the pool as a place to entertain or just relax.

Flagstone is one of the most beautiful materials for designing walkways or patios because it is an easy material to work with due to its level and slender nature. It can manage to handle heavy traffic areas and typically doesn’t chip or crack. It’s also ideal for tolerating all weather conditions. Flagstone is unique because you can mix and match with its different shapes and design and it allows you to be truly distinctive in your design. Landscaping your property with flagstone will add versatility, durability and value to your home. It is increasingly popular with homeowners who want the unique lines, textures and edges.

3. Fix or Build a Deck

Adding a deck to your backyard is one of the most popular ways to upgrade your home because it expands your outdoor living space.  The addition of a deck can add dimension to any yard and adds a high amount of design and visual appeal to any home. It improves the overall look and quality of a home and it’s a natural for increasing the home’s value. Some experts suggest that you can easily recoup up to 72 percent of the cost of building a deck, which makes it a great investment.

Whatever you plan on hosting, decks are a great place to spend time with family and friends. They provide a place to share good times while lounging and relaxing during the summer months. Decks can be completed in as little as a week’s time, which lets you get into the swing of summer without lengthy construction delays. Decks are ideal for any budget and range anywhere from $20 to $35 per square foot (on average).

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