Nashville’s gorgeous (albeit wet) spring is swiftly drawing to a close. Summer is on the horizon and we think it’s best to be prepared. We’ve got a few ways to help you make the most out of your home and outdoor spaces this summer. These popular home improvement projects are guaranteed to get you off the couch and into the wilderness of your very own backyard.

1. A Deck: You Absolutely Need a Deck

Extend Your Living Space

If you feel like your living quarters are a little tight, a deck addition is an incredibly cost-effective way to expand the functional living space of your home. Whether it’s a tiny deck, just big enough to accommodate a grill and a few chairs, or a wraparound deck that features ample seating and sweeping views of Tennessee’s rolling countryside, a professionally designed and constructed deck will provide enjoyment for years to come.

Increase Your Home’s Value

For the practical minded, improving your home’s sale value is always a plus. Once again, it’s a great way to boost curb appeal and increase value without incurring the cost or inconvenience of a full-scale addition or home renovation. A well-built deck addition can be completed in a fraction of the time it takes to remodel a room and at a fraction of the cost.

Extroverts, Rejoice!

For those who love to entertain, a deck is a wonderfully social and amiable addition to your house. Enjoy watching your guests mingle as they flow from kitchen to deck. Or, better yet, urge the kids to get out there and have some fun while the grownups soak up the air conditioning.

2. A Screen Room: Perfect for the Bug-Averse

Beat the Bugs

Let’s face it, the great outdoors becomes significantly less appealing when you need to slather yourself with a thick layer of DEET-rich mosquito spray the moment you set foot outside. With Zika making its way north, a screened-in porch or a spacious screen room is the perfect summer home addition.

Cool Your Home Naturally

A screen room is a perfect solution for those looking to save some cash on the annual air conditioning bill. Generally speaking, a screen room will shelter your home from several hours of direct sunlight and will provide terrific bug-free ventilation throughout your home.

Create a Safe Haven for the Kids

If enclosing your property with a privacy fence seems a little unfriendly, create a safe space for your children and pets with a new screen room addition. Add a table and a few chairs and you’ve got a great place for your kids to chill, safe from the sun’s harshest rays…and even better yet, just out of earshot.

3. Outdoor Kitchen

If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get out of the Kitchen

Not to put too fine a point on it: Nashville summers can be absolutely brutal. If the thought of turning on your range (forget about the oven) makes you wilt, then an outdoor kitchen is where it’s at.

Get Wild and Wacky (and Don’t Worry About the Smoke)

Get experimental! Don’t worry about burning a dish or two and setting off the smoke detectors, it’s all outside! Keep all your grease, odors, smoke, and heat out of the house. Your family will thank you.

Stay Healthy, Eat Fresh

Take off all of those pesky winter pounds with weeks of grilled fish, lean cuts, and delectable garden-fresh veggies cooked directly over a cheerful blaze.

Are you ready for summer? Contact Stratton Exteriors for a free home improvement estimate.