Homeowners put a lot of work into their houses. From interior decorating to painting, cement work to fencing, and from landscaping to gardening, it’s all in an effort to make the best home possible for your family. Every now and then, however, we just need to sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labor.
Springtime is the best time to do this, with the weather absolutely beautiful and the outdoors finally coming to life, nothing beats a warm spring afternoon or evening just enjoying your wonderful home. This article will hopefully give you a few useful ideas about how to get that done.
The first thing to think about is what type of outdoors areas you have on your property. Most people have a front yard or a backyard, but some of those areas can be rather small constricted.
For those of us lucky enough to have large yards (think more Country folk then City folk) this opens up a world of opportunity for enjoying your home in the spring time. Let’s start by going over some of these options for those with a large backyard:
Fun for the Kids – Trampolines, Playhouses and Other Cool Stuff
A yard on it’s own is great, but taking advantage of some of the space with some added “attractions” is a excellent use of it as well. These options work great for the kids of the house, getting them out and about and enjoying the fruits of your (the parents) hard work and hard earned money.
Let’s face it, something has to be done to pull these kids away from their iPads and video games. Adding a bit of fun to the backyard is a great way to do that.
For the little kids, a great way is a Swing Set. It’s like putting the playground right in your backyard. They can often look pretty neat too, especially the wooden ones. Take a look at some of these photos.
Pretty cool, right? Especially with proper upkeep this can remain excellent additions to your house for years. It’s rather easy to set up, too (you don’t have to do it yourself). Most all of the come with delivery and many companies offer playset construction as a service. I would really consider it.
For the older kids I’d consider a trampoline. It’s easy to set up (that have installation companies for those as well) and it gives the kids lots of exercise. The larger ones can be big attractions for the neighborhood kids, turning your backyard into a veritable fun house for the neighbors (whether you want this or not is another story altogether).
Plant Flowers and a Home Garden
I know what you’re thinking, more work! But don’t worry, getting a veggie garden or a flower garden going can be as simple as plopping some pre-grown plants right in the ground. Whether it’s for getting your share of vegetables for your diet or to just make the yard prettier and smelling fancy, a home garden is the way to go.
There are many different plants that you can start in April and May, and for those flowers that bloom early, just go to your local Home Depot and pick up a selection of different flowers you like. Dig a hole and transfer them from the pot to the ground. Add some water and you’re done! Home improvement doesn’t get much simpler than that.
Plant life can add extra air purification; add fragrant smells to your yard, and just plain look beautiful! Carefully placed these flowers and plant life can also raise the property value of a house (if that’s what you’re looking for).
Add a Rocking Chair to Your Porch
This one might sound stupid, but it’s not! If you have a front or back porch, it makes sense that you spend some extra time there sipping on a drink, reading a book or just looking out and enjoying the scenery. What better way to do this that with a rocking chair? It adds an old timer feel (it’s ok to feel old sometime) and is very relaxing, trust me.
While you’re at it, grab another chair and a table and have yourself a nice long relaxing sit with your significant other. Watch a sunset (or sunrise if you are early birds) and just take it all in. Spring is the time of year when we get the time to really enjoy the earth and its wonder, along with the home we’ve worked so long to build.
It’s also the shortest season (from my experience), it won’t be long before the scorching heat of summer or the ensuing fall and winter after that. So take hold of this day while you have it!