Start 4th of July weekend by doing 6 Home Projects
Start 4th of July weekend by doing 6 Home Projects
The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and you’ve got big plans for a backyard barbecue. However, is your home truly ready for guests? Even if the entire space is clean, there may still be room for improvement. In addition to the projects that will make your home more visually appealing, be sure to consider those upgrades that will make your home more functional in the 21st century.
Get the Sprinkler
Now is the time to start irrigating your yard so that it will be amazing for your party, but you may not have a chance to drag the hose around and get everything watered. A better option is to go with a sprinkler system that irrigates the entire yard with the flip of a switch. Your property will look great throughout the year, and you won’t have to spend hours repositioning a manual sprinkler. If you want to simplify your life, then go with an automated system that can even check the moisture levels in the ground and turn on automatically.
Pressure Wash the Deck
Look out at your deck and it may seem beautiful and clean, but that’s because the dirt is a nice even layer across it. You’ll be amazed at the color change when you pressure wash the deck and blow all of that gunk away. Take care with the settings on your system. Not enough pressure will leave you disappointed, but too much can take chunks out of the wood. Start on a lower pressure setting and gradually work your way up. If you have a wood deck, you may want to finish off the project with a fresh coat of waterproofing to help your deck last longer. It’s the best time to do it since you’ll already have the furniture out of the way.
Take the Cooking Outdoors
The grill just isn’t enough to make a full meal for you and your guests, but an outdoor kitchen can provide you with all the space you need. Consider adding a sink, counter and possibly even an ice cooler. If you’re still working with the old propane grill, then it may be time to make the upgrade to a hard gas line. The great thing about the permanent gas line is that you’ll never run out of fuel, and you just might boost the value of your home. Gas lines aren’t a do-it-yourself project, but you can have a plumber take care of the lines while you handle the cabinetry and other aspects of this great project.
A yard that’s filled with holes is an accident waiting to happen. Smooth out the high spots and fill in the weak ones by having your yard graded. You may be able to do this using a rented roller from the local store and a riding mower. After some grass seed and a little fertilizer, you’ll have a gorgeous backyard that’s ready for anything from badminton to croquet. What’s great is that you’ll have a safe place for the kids to play during summer parties. You still have time before summer to flatten out the ground and make your yard more kid-friendly, the grass will fill in over the following weeks. If you have a sprinkler added, you can even have the ground rolling done at the same time to minimize the inconvenience.
Take Care of Life’s Necessities
If you always have a long line at the bathroom during your parties, then it’s time to consider another addition. A small half-bathroom can be built in a corner of your home, and it will make your parties more enjoyable. If you’re worried about getting it done in time, you can relax. A bathroom can be plumbed in and ready for use in a matter of days, but you may need a little more time for the final finishing work. Your bathroom might not be completely painted and beautiful in time for the gathering, but it can still be ready for use. If you just don’t have a chance to add another powder room, then at least make sure that yours is in top notch condition. Fix any leaks now, and have the lines snaked out if you’ve had problems recently with the commode backing up.
It’s one thing to have a few lights strung around your patio umbrella, but it’s the ground level lighting that will help people stay safe one the sun goes down. Add lights to the risers of my patio stairs and below my patio railings. You can also hang lights in the gardens to bring out the colors at night and help people see where they’re going. Your backyard area can feel so inviting, and the best part is that you can probably do this project on your own. Most landscape lights are low-voltage, so they’re easier to work. You can also find solar options that won’t require any wiring at all. The project can most likely be finished in a day, so you can be sure that your brilliant new patio will be ready for the Fourth of July celebration.
The summer festival season is upon us, and this is your last chance to improve your patio before you throw the steaks on the grill this Fourth of July. Some of these upgrades are easy and can be done in an afternoon or a weekend, but others will take a little more time and planning. Invest in these renovations to make your space fun, inviting, and safer for family and friends.
If you’re in San Diego, CA, then give Perry Plumbing a call today at (619) 472-2112.