Summer is a great time to do work around the house and garden, unless you want a holiday of course.
Unless your holiday is DIY… well maybe it is too hot (we hope) to do much but if you feel the need for a sweaty workout try some of these. Feeling fit?
Garages and carports
Needs a lot of work, and help from at least one other or you might have an accident. A garage is a large DIY Building project. Summer is a good time though as you might (well possibly) escape the rain. The job could take several weeks so be prepared for cover in case it does rain.
Building a brick or stone barbecue is a good small job, no one will get hurt much if it is a bit rough, in fact it might add to the charm.
Garden – Water features
Might be too hot but have a go as this is a good time for building garden features like waterfalls, fountains, ponds etc – which are good for biodiversity.
Outdoor buildings and outhouses
Sheds, garden offices, pagodas, pergolas, awnings, canopies – these can all be built or erected in the summer.
Make sure they are strong enough for the winter winds though.
Roofs and roofing
Check your roof is OK in the summer as it is easy to fix when dry and with easy access.
Lofts and attic conversion
As there is less rain, summer is an ideal time to do this kind of work. Better to start in the spring though as this is usually major work and can take 3 months easily, though outside roof and structural work is at the start only.
Cladding is on the outside of the house so is best to repair or replace in the summer.
Window frames, damp proof courses DPC, gutters
Check these in case of damage, disrepair, or blockage. DPC is easier to do in the dry. Windows and frames are better changed in the dry but it is a quick job. If you are self repairing this is a good time. Blocked gutters regularly cause floods, and if the roof floods, your whole house will get wet.
Outside walls and fencing
You can also build any fencing, fences, walls, paving etc.
Driveways and paving, patios
“All these features can be made or repaired more easily in the summer” says Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire