Time to Move Outdoors

By: Jill Wuertz, Product Manager

I really wanted to incorporate a joke about the weather here, but like a polyester pant suit they are all awkward and not at all funny. Sometimes, I feel like I am too young to talk about the weather. I know this is not true, because every year it creeps more and more into my conversation and thoughts. With gardening and outdoor projects on my mind, this warmer than anticipated spring has launched me into project mode too soon. I was literally standing next to my garden last weekend waiting…hesitant of another frost…unsure of the forecast for snow…uncertain if I was ready to make the updates to my garden I’ve been planning.

Like most people living in an area with seasonal variations, I’ve been busy plotting my outdoor projects all winter long. At the top of my list is a newly built garden trellis, updating my exterior doors, updated fencing, an experimental barn door table from Pinterest, new aluminum clad entry door and garage door frames, a new storm door, and new shutters. It seems like so much, but I am so excited to tackle each and every one of them. Some of these tasks are a little easier to complete than others, but with so many resources, step by step instructions, and images available via the web, I don’t feel as intimidated.

Whether it is a fresh coat of paint, new exterior doors, or updates to your landscaping, outdoor projects help to add value and curb appeal to your home. Your money, time, and energy will not be wasted with exterior improvements. Unlike weathermen, any realtor will be able to accurately forecast and deliver higher home sale prices based on improved curb appeal.

So, arm yourself with a new pair of work gloves, step outside, breathe in the crisp spring air and get started! Here are some of the ideas I’ve been thinking about:

Images courtesy of buildyourownstyle.com, 100layercake.com, Simpson Doors, and flickr.com.