When it comes to spring home improvement projects, there are lots of things that could be on your list. But what are the best projects for the brownstones and triple deckers that are so common in Boston? Here’s a roundup of some of the projects that will be topping Bostonian’s home improvement lists this year!
1. Fixing Up That Deck
If your home has a deck, then now is the time to think about fixing it up — or installing a deck, if you don’t already have one! In Boston, where backyard space tends to be limited, decks are a valuable addition as entertaining space, a way to enjoy the outdoors and even as a place to keep a few potted flowers, herbs and vegetables. Before you make repairs, take stock of what you’ll need. Start with the deck’s structure. Make sure that the supports are sound, then look at railings and decking boards to see what needs to be replaced or repainted.
2. Install a Patio
Another great way to make the most of your backyard space is with a patio. If you don’t have a deck, then a patio is a cost-effective option that gives you a nice place for container gardening, entertaining and other outdoor activities. The best part is, this is a project that can be designed to fit a budget of any size. Start small with a concrete pad or paving stones. If you want to go a bit farther, consider adding a canopy or permanent shelter over your patio for a bit of shade.
3. Spruce Up the Siding
On older homes, siding is always a concern. With brownstones, this might mean checking the home’s facade for cracks and repointing the joints between stones. Clapboard siding may need repair, repainting or even replacement. If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s siding, here’s a few handy tips that can help you choose the right material for your project.
4. Think about Organizing
Older homes are often designed with less storage space than modern homes. Spring is the time to clear out all that winter clutter — and maybe even add more storage spaces within the home. Think about all the ways that new storage can be added. If you’ve got the floor space, new closets or perhaps even a walk-in pantry will be worth your while. Built-in cabinets, niches under stairwells and furniture (like sofas and ottomans) with built-in storage compartments are all great ways to give yourself more organizational options.
5. Work on Windows
Boston’s nor’easters can really do a number on windows, particularly older wooden windows. Spring is the time to give those windows a good cleaning, and while you’re at it, make some assessments. In some cases, a fresh coat of paint and a few minor fixes to take care of drafts are all you need to get your windows in shape for summer. In other cases, however, replacement is needed. If your windows are just too drafty, or if they’re old enough to not feature modern energy-saving improvements like double glazing or thermal coatings, then replacement might be the right option.
6. A Fresh Coat of Paint
Spring home improvement projects are all about freshening up your living space, both indoors and outside. One of the best ways to do that is with a new coat of paint. For this year, bold colors and brights are in. Look for ways to add a splash of color to your home’s interior so that you can spend the coming year enjoying the fresh new look!
For Boston homes, these home improvement projects are among the top to complete before summer arrives. As you think about which projects you’d like to do, think about the things that will make both the interior and exterior a brighter, fresher place to be.