Southern Albertans have been lucky to have such beautiful and warmer than average temperatures prior to May. April has been the perfect month with many days of sunshine and shorts and sandals weather. Many southern Albertans have even cut their lawns already and trees are budding, as well as other plants and flowers. Every year, once the weather warms up, home owners and or those that rent, start thinking about making changes around the house or sprucing up the old homestead or doing some much needed renovations.
“Spring To It — Home Improvement Guide” is Sunny South News’ annual celebration of getting to work around the humble abode. Whether it’s preparing for gardens, working on a landscaping project, getting a roof repaired, putting in new flooring or carpeting or fixing a bathroom or adding a room — home improvements can add a little special something to a home — inside or out.
Many local businesses cater to the home improvement aspect of springing ahead with a wide assortment of the needs and wants of home beautification and the like. It’s a time for green thumbs to look forward to planting a bounty of flowers, plants, herbs, etc. — but not too soon, as the weather in southern Alberta can take a turn for the worse at any given moment, leaving gardeners wishing they waited until after the May long weekend. But, at least gardeners can start thinking about their projects and get to work planning and securing the necessary materials for said gardening-related improvements and/or projects.
It’s also a good time to clean up the yard, get rid of unused items — reduce, reuse and recycle and purge. Give the house a touch up of exterior paint, or give the inside an interior paint update. Build a shed or deck or put in a fire pit. Put in an underground sprinkler system or do something different with the lawn or backyard. Spring is the time of renewal and a time to look forward to the summer of spending time at home, enjoying the spring into summer’s home improvements.
There’s plenty of magazines, TV shows, online sites and of course local businesses to check out for ideas and/or information in regards to home improvements.
In the words of Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor to Al Borland from TV’s Tool Time on the classic hit “Home Improvement” — “I didn’t blow up the house.” Remember to be safe when pursuing home improvement projects.