Sum­mer is a great time to ren­o­vate your home

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Mike Moore

I’M glad that I waited un­til now to pro­mote the spring and sum­mer ren­o­va­tion sea­son. Usu­ally, we try to get things go­ing full speed dur­ing the May long week­end. You re­mem­ber, that was the week­end that fea­tured hail and snow. If you haven’t done so al­ready, July and Au­gust are the per­fect months to do a thor­ough in­spec­tion of your house and to de­ter­mine what needs fix­ing or build­ing. I’ve got three projects hap­pen­ing right now. One in­volves re­plac­ing a win­dow while another in­volves some dig­ging in the backyard. Both could be done at dif­fer­ent times of the year, but do­ing them when the weather is nice and the im­pact on liv­ing con­di­tions will be min­i­mal, is a def­i­nite bonus. If you don’t have a deck, I’d rec­om­mend build­ing one. If you al­ready have one, add to it. We’ve been lucky the past few years with a fairly low mos­quito count. Not so this year, so a lit­tle sep­a­ra­tion from the ground can be a good thing. Whether you want to cre­ate dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­ity ar­eas on dif­fer­ent lev­els or uti­lize one large sin­gle space, you’ll be glad you cre­ated this ex­ten­sion of your home to take ad­van­tage of beau­ti­ful sum­mer weather. Let your imag­i­na­tion run wild when plan­ning the var­i­ous ameni­ties that would go with your new deck and backyard. Fur­ni­ture, loungers, bar­beque, pizza oven, um­brel­las, hot tub, fire pits, light­ing, sound sys­tems, heaters and a por­ta­ble bar are just a few sug­ges­tions to make your backyard a par­adise. Does the fence need re­pair­ing, re­set­ting or re­paint­ing? Are the eave­stroughs and down­spouts dis­tribut­ing wa­ter or over­flow­ing with wa­ter? Weed­ing the lawn and gar­den is a lot eas­ier when the soil is soft and moist than when it has hard­ened. I men­tioned win­dows ear­lier. If the win­dow is clean and you still can’t see through it, the time might be right to re­place it. If the in­side of your win­dow fea­tured a fes­tive Christ­mas glaze last win­ter, it might be time to re­place the win­dow. Sim­i­larly, if the wind howl­ing through your door­way could blow out a can­dle, you might look at re­place­ment now — not in the dead of win­ter. If you’ve got a big kitchen job to do, why not do it now and bar­beque your meals for the next few weeks. Take ad­van­tage of the sum­mer weather to get your ren­o­va­tion projects done!

Mike Moore is pres­i­dent of the Man­i­toba Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion

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