Home renovations blog: Best home improvements for summer

By the resi financial blog team, 11 February 2015

Home renovations blog: Best home improvements for summer

If you have been struggling to find time to complete your home renovation projects through the year, the long days of summer can be the perfect time to spruce up your property. Some tasks actually lend themselves better to the warm days than others, especially if you've moved into a home that needs a bit of work to realise its full potential. With a bit of elbow grease and some practical knowledge your new home can become an oasis for summer.

Deck it 

Maximising your property's exterior can add a lot of value to your property in the long run, especially when it comes time to move on. Extending your living space into the outdoor area is an excellent way to achieve this. Building a deck can be the easiest way to add square metres to your house. It is the same level as the indoors, making the transition from inside to out almost seamless. But there are a few things to think about before getting things underway.  

First, the position is important - consider both your privacy and where you will get the most use out of it. If you're planning on entertaining outside, extending from the living room or kitchen will be more effective than off a bedroom. There are generally a variety of regulations surrounding how a deck is built so factor in time for permission grants.

You can either get professional advice on the design or there are plenty of resources available to help anyone build a deck. In any case, it's important that the structure of your deck will stand the test of time. This also applies to the finish - oiling the deck will protect it from the harsh elements and preserve it for many summers to come.  

Paint the fence

Good weather leaves many hours open for some outdoor improvements. One of the exterior features than can have the most visual impact is the fence surrounding your property. Chipped, rusty or tatty fences can make your property look tired and worn, no matter how much effort goes into the interior. 

Fortunately, a few coats of paint can reinvigorate these features and make them look good as new - without the need for total replacement. Choosing the right colour for your fence can seem like a difficult task but there are a few ground rules to work by before you start. 

In the past few years there's been a trend towards darker colours for exterior fences, with neutrals shades, earthy greens and deep grey creating an effective backdrop. These moodier colours can accentuate the natural colours in the property's foliage, making the garden the key feature. 

Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux Colour Planning and Communications Manager, said colour is being used more daringly in 2015, so consider a bright feature wall or accent colour around entertaining areas, water features or a pool. 

When it comes to financing these summer projects, get in touch with a resi loan specialist - they'll help you decide which renovation loan is right for you.

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