With the summer months fading away and Labor Day quickly approaching, the time frame for outdoor home improvement projects is shrinking. Take advantage of the last weekends of warm weather by checking off all the boxes on your outdoor home improvement to-do list.
Completing these projects will not only bring purpose to your weekends but provide your family with the perfect oasis to enjoy for all of the summers to come. Here are four simple DIY projects you can finish in a weekend before you’re stuck inside due to cold fronts, snow, and icy weather.
Install Brick or Concrete Paver Walkways
Pavers are not only durable, but a great aesthetic solution for your yard due to their versatility in size, color, and style. This is a project that requires little effort and will last for years to come.
Pavers are widely used because placing them requires no special skillset or experience. Simply select the paver you prefer at your nearest home and garden center. These are fairly inexpensive at about $3.50 per square foot on average.
Then rent a heavy plate compactor and after a little digging and placing the pavers, you’ll have a walkway that will not only add convenience and flair to your backyard, but also value. Dig a trench about 5 inches deep, layer gravel, then sand, and then pavers.
Adding a brick border to your existing walkway or sidewalk can be another way to add to charm of a bland concrete driveway or sidewalk. These can be simply dry set with no mortar and them firmly tamped.
Build a Firepit Outdoor Pallet Seating
Making a firepit can seem like an overwhelming task, but it is actually much easier than many people assume and will bring you and your family many lasting memories. Begin by selecting the area you want to build the firepit, then shovel out the grass in a circle and tamp down the dirt until it is level.
Next, add a thick layer of gravel on top of the dirt and spread it evenly. Finally, arrange your bricks in a circle and then stack them in layers until they have created a wall around the circle that is at least 12 inches tall.
Add new outdoor pallet seating to accompany your new firepit. You can simply place two pallets down and then one behind to resemble the backrest of a couch. Saw off any of the excess you don’t want to use, tightly use a rope to tie the pallets together and secure them into place, then simply add pillows and enjoy your new DIY pallet couch.
Add some background twinkly lights and this will be the perfect space for roasting marshmallows at cozy fall bonfires.
Freshen up Curb Appeal
Increasing the curb appeal of your home is vital. First impressions make a huge impact on how a home is perceived and making the front of your home more inviting can provide many benefits now and further down the road for you and your family.
It is easy to transform the front of your house and make it a more pleasant house to come home to and invite friends and family into. Make these simple, cost effective changes in order to begin the transformation.
You can start with power washing. This will remove layers of dirt and grime that have slowly built up and bring back life to your sidewalk, driveway, fencing, and home. Never underestimate the power of a power washer.
Next, freshen up with a new coat of paint. Painting your trim, siding, and front door can give your house the look you desire. Then you can put the finishing touches on it by updating with new accessories like updating your mailbox, flowerpots, light fixtures, and address numbers.
Install an Outdoor Playset
A playset can be the perfect solution to getting your kids away from screens and out into the great outdoors. The few hours it takes to construct the playset will be more than worth the endless hours of fun and enjoyment your children experience.
Home improvement stores offer a wide variety of DIY swing set plans that will keep your children safe and having fun. So pull out your drill and saw and pick whatever plan and style most appeals to you.
Come to Wildcat Rental for any ladders, power washers, or tools that you may need to bring these projects to completion. Completing these updates, changes, and DIY projects will allow you to enjoy all of fall sitting on your new pallet seating outside underneath your outdoor lights by your firepit while your children enjoy their new playset, all of which you installed and built with your own two hands.