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Summer has arrived at long last, making it the perfect time of year for homeowners to start tackling their ever-expanding list of home improvement project ideas. Regardless of your budget, you may be surprised at the number of sustainable and eco-friendly renovation options that can make your home more comfortable and appealing than ever before. Here are just a few home improvement ideas that are affordable, sustainable, and perfect for summer.
Build a Deck, Patio, or Gazebo
Many homeowners feel as though building a deck is a daunting and physically demanding project to take on, but a basic deck can be constructed much easier than you think. In fact, a few standard carpentry tools are all you truly need to build a simple deck or patio. Not to mention, a deck maximizes your home’s outdoor entertainment space and overall comfort.
It should also be noted that these outdoor entertainment options are suitable for many different types of homes, including mobile homes and even shipping container homes. Steel shipping containers, which average a 25-year lifespan and require minimal maintenance, are becoming an increasingly popular housing option in many European countries. That being said, they may also be an affordable housing option for immigrants in the United States, which make up about 13% of the U.S. population. But whichever type of home you’re working with, decks, patios, and gazebos are a great home improvement option that offer significant ROI while optimizing comfort and outdoor entertainment options.
Remodel Your Bathroom
Some homeowners don’t see bathroom remodels as a ‘summertime’ indulgence, but even making a small upgrade to your bathroom can help keep you cool all summer long.
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“When you think about how nice washing away a sweaty summer day can be, replacing old, worn out shower and bath fixtures with ones that do a better job (and may even save you some money in the long run) can be more appealing than a day at the water-park! As one of the most popular home improvement projects in the country, bathroom remodels are an investment that you’ll enjoy all year round, and in many cases, one that returns a large portion of its cost in added value to your property,” writes John Nunan on HomeAdvisor.
Even if you can’t afford a fixture replacement, you can make a difference just by applying a fresh coat of paint to your bathroom’s walls. Zillow’s 2017 Paint Colors Analysis found that homes with blue bathrooms sold for $5,400 more than expected, but don’t hesitate to choose any color you personally prefer.
Install Energy-Efficient Windows
It was estimated that U.S. improvement and repair expenditure amounted to about 326.1 billion U.S. dollars in 2015, and many of these improvements and repairs have goals that surround energy efficiency. For example, if your home has single pane or particularly drafty windows, replacing them can result in increased energy efficiency and curb appeal. There is also the potential for other financial benefits.
“Upgrading windows to more air-tight models can result in significant savings on heating and cooling costs and at the same time deliver an assured high return on investment. New wooden or vinyl windows can recoup the cost drastically at the time of resale. Moreover, you can also receive a green tax credit up-to certain percentage for this upgrade from your state,” writes Ronique Gibson on The Spruce.
When it comes down to it, summer holds endless opportunities for home improvement and increased sustainability. Don’t hesitate to make even small changes to your home this summer that can impact energy-efficiency.