As the spring season finally blooms back to colorful life, many people around Chicagoland become enthusiastic and excited to take on all that the warm weather has to offer — including the chance to finally get to work on all the outdoor projects they’ve been dreaming of.
There are all sorts of ways that you can get outdoors and make the springtime extra delightful, from entertaining friends in the backyard to relaxing on the porch in the evening with a cup of tea or a good book.
With that said, you may need to get your hands dirty before you can start soaking in the springtime. As anyone in our area will tell you, the winter months in Chicagoland can be pretty unforgiving. After a winter full of snowy days and icy nights, you may find that there’s a laundry list of chores waiting for you outside in your backyard, front yard, and patio.
Of course, with that spring weather on your side, it can be a lot more enjoyable to put a little extra elbow grease into all of those outdoor projects. Ready to transform your outdoor spaces from “winter-ready” to “spring sanctuary?” Here are three easy outdoor projects to help you get started really enjoying the spring. With these fun and inspiring projects done, you can nail down your outdoor space and get ready to cheers with friends at that long-awaited, warm weather patio party:
Clean and Organize Your Outdoor Space
One of the first and most important steps to creating the best possible outdoor space for your home is to get your outdoor areas cleaned, prepped, and organized. As the season starts, build a checklist of all of the basic maintenance that you’ll want to do all over your outdoor living spaces, including your front stoop, back patio, rooftop, garden, yard, and so on.
Start by giving outdoor spaces a thorough cleaning. Sweep your patio or balcony, vacuum your outdoor rugs and furniture, wash down your paved surfaces — anything that has to be done in order to rid patios, balconies, and porches of all that winter dirt and debris. Don’t forget to dig into some of those little details as well, like wiping down your railings, cleaning light fixtures, sprucing up your door, and thoroughly cleaning your patio furniture before you set it out for the season.
After a detailed clean, now comes the fun part — setting up your space! The spring season gives you the chance to dig out the furniture and decor items you’ve kept in storage, and spruce up your space with new decorative elements, flowers, and more. A checklist can help you keep things together here, too. Organize furniture to look comfortable and presentable and artfully arrange your decor to make your outdoor areas feel truly renewed.
Choose Design Elements to Make Your Outdoor Space Pop
Looking to elevate your outdoor spring designs beyond the lawn chair look? This spring, why not take on some simple projects that will make your outdoor area something truly different?
For instance, you may want to make a weekend of foraging through local stores for some new, unique furniture, which could truly help make your space feel more welcoming, and completely ready for spring. Want to go beyond patio furniture? Why not take some time to map out and choose some extra backyard objects and decor pieces? Hang string lights, decorate with lanterns, pick out a porch swings, add new pops of color — whatever matches your style and reflects how you want to live in your outdoor areas. Looking for project and style ideas can also help fuel your imagination. You could even go the DIY route if you’re looking to put your personal stamp on these springtime spaces.
Put Your Green Thumb to Work
Have you ever dreamed of building a planter or garden box from scratch? Does the dawning of the beautiful spring weather have you wanting to surround yourself with as much vibrant greenery as possible? The spring season is a prime time to get out and get growing, even if your outdoor space is limited.
If you think you don’t have a sufficient space for gardening, this spring season may be the right time to think again. For those high-rise dwellers with a balcony space, railing planters and mini-gardens are a great way to get your green thumb working, even with limited room. It doesn’t take much space to grow festive and beautiful spring flowers, or to grow your own private garden of herbs and peppers perfect for cooking. Or you could even cultivate a small indoor garden on your windowsill, to help bring that fresh feeling indoors.
Whether you have a large garden to fill, or a windowsill in need of some love, numerous nurseries and garden shops around the region can provide a plethora of plants and foliage to help you get started. While you’re there, take advantage of the chance to talk with experienced staff who can help you learn the basics if your green thumb is, well, pretty green.
Let Baird & Warner Help You Make the Most of Spring
Your home is more than a place to live. It’s your sanctuary, where you enjoy all that life has to offer. And when the warm weather comes around, we know more than anyone how important it is to have the home that will let you take advantage of those sunny days and beautiful nights.
At Baird & Warner, we get you. And our team of specialized, hyperlocal agents knows just what it takes to help you find the Chicagoland home you’ve been looking for, complete with the outdoor space of your dreams.
Whether your goal is a high rise with a view, or a quiet home with a back porch and patio all your own, we can help you find your ideal space. And with mortgage and title services in-house, we can make the dream of home ownership easier, at every step of the way.