Really sinking your teeth into a long-term project may be appealing to some but for others, there simply doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day. That’s why we put together these five mini DIY projects that can be completed with a little know-how and concentration in just a weekend. Take a look below and if something motivates you to get started, call your local Fairview Millwork and Kitchens representative for information and all the products you’ll need to get started.
Simple Back Deck
​Of course, given the choice between an expansive multi-level deck with all the fixin’s or a simple platform deck leading out the back door, most of us would choose option one. However, for many reasons including mobility, budget, space, and more, building a giant enviable deck may not be possible. You can, however, master the latter in a ​weekend if you set your mind to it. Installing a simple platform deck provides a designated space to sit or grill and can make your home seem even larger than it is by expanding its footprint. Because not all decking can be installed directly at ground level, you’ll want to call your local Fairview Millwork and Kitchens representative to discuss your options.
Wrap-around Tree Bench or Other Landscape Furniture
We imagine passing a home through generations of our family but what about individual pieces around that home that remind us of our loved ones? Building a wrap-around tree bench is a wonderful expression of love by providing our family with a spot they can connect, reflect, and build more memories. It provides extra seating for quietly reading a book outside or for the next neighborhood block party.
Beadboard Porch Ceiling
Any ceiling in a home is likely to be a neglected space when it comes to thought or design so a ceiling outdoors is even less likely to be considered. But this weekend project is a great way to add character and charm to the entryway to your home. Primed or pre-painted shiplap from Metrie is a simple, easy way to get this look. They say you only get one chance to make a first impression and this way is sure to be a winner!
CoolDeck® Technology
​Are you tired of running across your deck like it’s a pit of hot coals anytime you are outside in bare feet? One study found that a composite deck could get up to 76 degrees hotter than the surrounding air. Instead, consider replacing the top surface of your deck with Moistureshield’s CoolDeck® Technology.​ CoolDeck® boards can reduce heat on your deck’s surface by up to 35 degrees allowing you to be on your deck in comfort all summer long.
Replace Old Windows
​Old or poor quality windows in your home can be expensive, unattractive, and make you physically uncomfortable ​if they are drafty. If you have been thinking about replacing your windows, summer is the time to do it as you won’t want to suffer through another winter with drafty, energy-inefficient windows. There are a lot of options when it comes to replacement windows. Speak with a Fairview Millwork and Kitchens representative to find out the best option for you depending on your home’s location and architectural character.

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