Summer is upon us. Which means, it’s time to make full use of your outdoor spaces!! The goal is to have a space that you can kick back, relax and enjoy the company of your friends and family in. So, before you roll out the grill, there may be a few things you can/should do to get your outdoor space ready for entertaining.
Power Wash Your House
Power washing can be a great way to rejuvenate your homes appearance. Dirt, dust, cobwebs all accumulate on your home throughout the year. It will leave your home feeling fresh and bright. Power washing can also be helpful for decks and paved patios and driveways. Often moss ends up covering these surfaces making them slippery to walk on. This not only leaves everything looking brand new, but a lot safer to walk on!
Don’t forget to rinse out your outdoor umbrellas! These collect just as much dirt and dust as your house. You don’t want to find out that it’s holding a pool of muddy water when you first open it up for a guest…
Now that everything has been thoroughly cleaned, don’t miss the opportunity to reseal your decks, driveways and patios. Your hardscaping is often neglected, but it is just as important as your landscaping. Many sealant are only required every 2-5 years. This however varies depending on the weather. I personally like to do it every summer. Its relatively inexpensive and I find it really dresses up the outside and makes it all that more pleasant a space to entertain in.
Check to make sure everything is working!
If you have a gas BBQ, make sure that the tank is full and properly hooked up. If you have a coal grill, clean out your grill and make sure the leftover bags of coal from last summer didn’t get soaked in the winter rains! It’s also a good idea to clean out your BBQ since leaves and debris may have accumulated over the winter months. Check heat lamps to be sure that the gas is working properly. It’s also a good time to check your outdoor lighting. Replace broken bulbs on your string lights and check outlets. Again, it’s always better to know something isn’t working before you are in need of it!
Once you have done all the hard prep work, now its time to have some fun! Obviously since we are speaking about outdoor spaces, color can easily be brought in through you plantings….but it doesn’t stop there! Seat cushions, throw pillows, outdoor dining ware, table clothes. Don't forget about your floors! Tile, and deck stains can also be a great way to incorporate color.
I hope you all make the most of your summer! If you need more tips, Marthastewart.com is offering an incredible summer workshop that not only has design tips, but weekly recipes to fill your summer! http://www.marthastewart.com/267182/summer-workshop-getting-started