When summertime finally rolls around, you may think the best projects to work on are those outdoors. But often, outdoor home improvement is best accomplished in late spring and early fall when the temperatures are milder. So, it may surprise you that in the summer, some of the best projects to tackle are those inside so you can enjoy them just in time for the fall chill to set in.

Finish the Basement

Whether you are looking to finally create that man-cave, want more space for visitors, or an income property, finishing your basement is a great investment in your home. Determine your goals for the space and create a budget for the project. It’s a commitment but one that can start paying off immediately, just in time for holiday guests or the fall rental season.

Add Built-ins

Speaking of getting ready for the rush back to real school and work-life after summer, adding built-ins is a great way to prepare to start the new academic year with some organization. Whether you are adding some desk space in the kitchen or cabinets to the mudroom, this is a project that will continue to serve your family.

Upgrade the Walls

If you’ve always been meaning to upgrade your room with some chair rail or panel molding, summer is a great time. These small changes that can be DIY will make a big impact on the overall look of your home and will certainly impress your guests. Trust us, when the fall back to school rush begins, you’ll be glad you tackled this in the lazy days of summer.

Don’t Forget Outdoors

Outdoor living often means bringing the comforts of your indoor life outside. Show your deck some love by adding thoughtful lighting, including along any

stairs. Is there an amateur chef or grill master in the family? Consider adding an outdoor kitchen and/or a fire pit so you and your guests can enjoy the great outdoors as much as the great


Most of these changes can be accomplished in the luxury of air conditioning and completed before the first frost. Tackle these projects now to enjoy them later. For advice, pricing, and to see material samples, visit your local Fairview Millwork representative today.

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