Is Your Home Ready for Summer?

It’s time to get ready for summer, and we don’t just mean swimsuit shopping and swapping around your closet.  When summer arrives, and sunshine and heat along with it, you want your home and especially busy areas like your outdoor seating and kitchen design to be ready.  Inside and out, it’s time to clean up, clear out, and prepare your home’s living spaces for the summer season.

Here are a few ideas to get you started in your summer prep. 

Check for damage outside.

Winter is hard on everyone – people, pets, and even on your home.  Surfaces outside the home take a particular beating all winter long, from a combination of cold, precipitation, and ice, not to mention plowing and gritting driveways and paths.  Everyone knows that roads have more potholes at the end of winter and require extra maintenance due to the impact of winter.  Your home is the same.  Take a walk around and survey your walkways, doors, decks, roof, and any other surfaces.  Decide what needs to be fixed and what you can do yourself or make an appointment with your handyman to take care of these jobs.

Take the opportunity to deep clean.

In addition to repairing damage, this is the perfect time of year to deep clean.  Power wash the walkways or decks, get the gutters cleaned, and do a yard clear up.  Don’t forget to clean up your outdoor furniture and scrub the grill too, so you are ready for barbecue season.

This is also an ideal time to deep clean key living areas like the kitchen, bathrooms, and living room.  Take this opportunity when the weather is pleasant to throw open the windows, and deep clean the bathroom shower and floors, kitchen cabinets, mud room, and more.

Clean the windows.

There is nothing more distracting than dirty windows when sunlight is streaming through them.  Make sure you do a thorough cleaning of all windows like this kitchen design in Farmington Hills, as well as other glass surfaces such as glass front kitchen cabinets.

De-clutter your surfaces and storage areas.

There’s a reason why they call it spring cleaning! This is the perfect time of year to start fresh indoors, while nature is renewing itself outdoors.  Clear off all your work surfaces, especially in key areas like the kitchen design or home office.  Clean out the refrigerator and kitchen cabinets and make room for fresh food from your local farmer’s market and supplies for grilling.

Throw away or recycle items you do not need, store other items, and leave your surfaces clear to make cool drinks and prepare for barbecues.  Once your surfaces are clear, give them a thorough cleaning and be sure to follow your kitchen design expert’s advice about cleaning countertops and other areas.

Time for gardening!

If you love to garden, you have probably been planning for spring all winter long.  If you are not an avid gardener, you still need to spend some time clearing up the yard.  Spending time outdoors is good for de-stressing and general mental health, so you may find it is the perfect anecdote to a busy week!  Take this opportunity to add some color to your flower garden, or even to plant a few vegetables or herbs for all that fresh summer cooking. 

Bring nature inside.

If planting a garden seems like too big a task, then you can focus on bringing nature inside.  “Green” walls are a hot trend, where you designate an area in your kitchen design to install vertical planters and have a wall of fresh herbs for cooking.  Plus, this addition to your kitchen design will add amazing smells and help the air quality.  Alternatively, you could keep a few potted herbs in a kitchen window and add a plant or fresh summer flows as a centerpiece on the kitchen island.

Brighten up your color scheme.

As soon as the days get longer, and the sun is shining, everyone’s outlook brightens up. Why not bring that summer feeling to your kitchen design and other living spaces?  Bright accent colors are on trend, so find easy to add items like cushions, accessories, and flowers to bring a favorite color to your space.  For a bigger change, you may consider painting a wall.  If you are planning a kitchen remodel or other home remodeling project, bring that summer inspiration to your kitchen design by picking a feature color in a bright, summery hue. 

Are you feeling inspired for summer yet?  Visit our kitchen design gallery to get more design ideas or stop by our showroom to find out more.