Gear Up Your YYC Home For The Outdoor Season

Get your home all ready for an adventure-packed summer! DIY tips for sprucing up your home, from the Calgary Real Estate Alliance team.

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Gear Up Your YYC Home For The Outdoor Season

Posted by Krista Kehoe on Thursday, April 16th, 2015 at 10:44am.

The temperatures are rising, trees are budding, and if you’re an outdoor enthusiast of any variety, you’re probably aching to get ready for the new season! Looking for inspiration on which projects to tackle this summer? We’ve compiled a few DIY projects that will let you enjoy the sunny days to their fullest potential.

Gone are the days of dusty bikes, taking up prime space in the garage or shed. Many avid cyclists are bringing their main source of transportation into their living spaces, a trend popular in European countries and with micro apartment owners. What’s great about this project is the simplicity. A hook or two and you’re all set up.

Above: A large family can take advantage of their fence space to create unique bike storage.

If you or anyone you work with has a Pinterest account, no doubt you’ve chatted about all the possibilities that come with pallets. Your new outdoor swing is no exception, the internet teeming with plans and tutorials on how to build an outdoor oasis with this often free, trending material.

Above: Much like a pallet-style design, this outdoor swing is a simple L shape. Pick out outdoor fabric and cover foam blocks for a custom style, or check out outdoor stores for pre-made matching sets.

Dig into the thawing earth to build your very own covered patio or gazebo this summer, and you’ll see yourself spending far more time outside. They provide cover from summer rain showers and the sun beating down at the peak of the season. If you use it to shelter you BBQ, you can even make use of it in the colder winter months.

Above: A paved base for a gazebo is easily installed, and if you’re handy would make a fun spring project. The roof top garden provides a little extra insulation. For more privacy, climbing vines can create a natural wall that still lets in light.

Give your deck a fresh debut this season with the help of a refinish. While this project is quite labour intensive, it has a large return on investment. Down the line, if you decide to sell your home, it will be one more checkmark on the buyers’ move-in ready checklist.

Above: The dark wood on this Calgary deck is a nice complement to the matching furniture, but it could also act a backdrop for an industrial style or sleek white patio set.

Need to buy a Calgary home for sale before you can jump on the DIY project list? Let the Calgary Real Estate Alliance Team help.

Krista Kehoe, Calgary real estate agent & REALTOR®

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