For most New Jersey and New York homeowners, summer is the season for family gatherings and friendly backyard cookouts. Make sure your home is beautiful and inviting with these three summer project ideas from Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro replacement window specialists you can start planning now.
#1. Add a Backyard Pergola or Deck
Outdoor entertaining wouldn’t be fun and enjoyable without an organized cooking area. This is a great time to start exploring options to make your backyard more inviting for your family and friends. This Old House published a collection of stunning hardscaping ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Whether you decide to add something simple, or go full out with a screened-in addition, remember to upgrade your entrance with a modern, energy-efficient replacement patio door to create a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor spaces.
#2. Accentuate the Landscaping with Container Gardens
Add some visual texture to your new addition with a container garden. Container gardening is perfect for homeowners who have limited space, and those who want to add some fresh-from-the-garden dishes to the summer cookout menus. Plus, a well-planned garden can add shade that contributes to your overarching energy-efficiency management routine.
Almost any flower, herb or vegetable will grow in containers, if you are willing to spend a bit of time researching and planning ahead. Look for low maintenance plants that beautify without a lot of effort on your part. There are also dozens of online resources for new gardeners. We recommend you visit your favorite local nursery for tips to make your landscape upgrade a success.
Themed gardens allow you to fill your outdoor spaces with colorful plants that attract birds and butterflies. Or, you may want to try your hand at growing some edible flowers that are beautiful, aromatic and delicious. Lavender and nasturtiums are two choices that grow well in the New Jersey and New York Metro area. Keep in mind that nasturtiums will grow in partial shade, but they put out abundant blooms when exposed to full sun. Find out more about companion planting by visiting Rutgers Ag site. While you are browsing the website, check out the flower box suggestions, many of these ideas would look terrific implemented beneath your new double-hung or sliding replacement windows – wouldn’t they?
#3. Get Your HVAC System Serviced Before the Heat Wave
Now that you’ve got the outdoor upgrade plans in place, take a minute to call the HVAC service tech. All the extra visitors will naturally mean lots of coming and going. Your air conditioner needs to be in excellent shape to stand up to the challenge. In the same way that replacing damaged, leaking windows improves energy-efficiency, taking care of your air conditioner means you’ll spend less on cooling bills and enjoy a quieter indoor environment.
Schedule Your No-Obligation Renewal by Andersen Replacement Window & Patio Door Consultation Today
Now that you’ve got a good start on remaking the outdoor entertainment area, and ensured your guests will be comfortable indoors with a working air conditioner, it’s time to start thinking about whether you want a hinged replacement patio door or a slider to improve access to your yard. You may have a unique configuration in mind. We can help with that. Just fill in the short form on this page to request a full-color brochure, or better yet, dial 1-888-826-2451 to schedule an in-home consultation to discuss options.
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