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Summer Activities to Enjoy in Your New Home

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: May 20, 2019

So you did it. You bought a brand new home! Now you can enjoy a wide variety of summer activities in your own back yard! Here are some examples of fun summer activities suitable for everyone.

 

Build Your Own Outdoor Kitchen

 

The only thing better than delicious food is delicious food outside! Currently, there are a wide variety of layouts and equipment for anyone’s taste. Creating a fun outside bbq area or an intimate night time dinner outdoors is now well within a spectrum of budgets. Being outdoors with family and friends can turn a simple meal into fond memories for years to come. While everyone’s outside, games such as corn hole, horseshoes, badminton, etc. can be enjoyed by everyone. Be sure to have a variety of game options on hand so that everyone can enjoy their favorite game!

 

Start An Herb or Flower Garden

 

If plants are more your thing, or you just like to eat fresh and organic, you might consider starting a herb or flower garden in your new home’s yard. While most plants are traditionally started in Spring, Summer is not too late to enjoy fresh parsley, rosemary, etc. straight from your back yard. Bonus Tip: If a full herb garden is too time consuming, you can still plant smaller herb pots in your kitchen with minimal effort. Fresh herbs can brighten up any dish, and if you’re entertaining, an herb garden can be a great conversation starter! Flowers from a flower garden can make any room in your new home more vibrant and inviting. Depending on your hardiness zone, you can likely grow flowers most of the year.

 

Groom Your Landscaping Heaven

 

What better to compliment your new abode than a great landscaping scheme. There are many options to choose from to make your home perfectly adapted to the look that you like. If you like more privacy, there is an abundance of hedging plants and trees (cypress trees are great for this purpose). Other landscaping touches are also nice to have and can actually add to your home’s value. Lining and mulching your flower beds can make the colors of the flower pop against a darker background. Installing outdoor lighting is also a great option. While this may take a little more expertise, it can really make your newly-built home stand out and look stunning!

 

Gather Round the Fire

 

A fire pit can add a great atmosphere to any outdoor space. Fire pits are warm, inviting, and can be used for “over-the-fire” cooking (think smores!) or to huddle around during the chillier months of the year.

Find the Perfect Patio Furniture

 

Patios are every bit as customizable and livable as indoor spaces. New improvements in weather proofing have led to some outdoor furniture and decor that could be mistaken for that meant for the indoors. Even designers are getting in on the action!

 

Start Composting

 

If you took our previous suggestion of starting a garden, or you’d just like to be more environmentally friendly with your waste disposal, composting can turn organic matter into a highly rich growing medium for your garden or yard. Egg shells, leftover plant parts from meals, and even paper scraps can come together to give you a great final product. Go here for more information.

 

Legacy Homes is committed to building innovative new homes in north Alabama at the best value to feature ratio possible. If you have already bought a home from us, we hope that you enjoy all of Summer’s fun activities in the comfort in and out of your new home. If you’re looking to buy a new home, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for a consultation.

 

 

 

 

Spring Cleaning Hacks To Get Your New Home In Shape For Summer

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 18, 2019

 

 

Ah, it’s that time of year again, when everything seems to jump back to life. If you are one of the millions of Americans who bought a new home last year, you’ll want to know our top secret tips for getting your newly bought home in tip-top shape for the summer.

 

Sealing Your Granite Counter tops

 

Start off with cleaning all items off your granite counter tops and wiping down  with a damp rag to remove any dust off of the surface. Next, take an granite sealer (these can be picked up at your local grocery or hardware stores) and begin by spraying each granite surface with the sealer. Follow instructions on the back of the bottle, and wipe off sealer after recommended time. Next, allow time for the granite sealer to dry on the surface (once again time is denoted on the back of your sealer). Granite is a porous material and is recommended to be sealed either by yourself or by a professional at least every 6 months to 2 years.

 

Keep Track Of Your Time

 

Using an egg timer or your phone to keep track of how long you clean is a simple and easy way to keep you on track. Cleaning can be monotonous and your mind may wander to less productive things. Cleaning in short intervals can help you get more done in less time. Another positive effect of this practice is that you can find out how long your cleaning tasks take to complete and use those completion times as a guide to scheduling your cleaning in the future.

 

Put Wax On Your Stovetop

 

Yes, you can actually wax your stovetop! It will not only make it sparkle but also make spills much easier to clean up.

 

Give Your Microwave Some TLC

 

Before you scrub down your microwave, put in a container with a mixture of water and white vinegar and microwave on high for a few minutes. This steaming will loosen dirt and grime and make cleaning much easier.

 

Wash Your Windows On A Cloudy Day

 

Putting any kind of chemical cleaner on your windows during a sunny day can make the spray dry and leave a bad residue. Cleaning your windows on a cloudy day will enable you to completely clean your windows with no residue.

 

Redirect Your Future Clutter

 

By making a space specifically for clutter (a sectioned off place inside of a closet is perfect) you can avoid all of your hard work cleaning going to waste. Empty bins, clothing hooks, etc. can also help to curb the chaos that life brings.

 

Use Fabric Sheets Instead of Expensive Electrostatic Dusters

Fabric sheets can be an inexpensive alternative to those special electrostatic dusters (you know the one). We like to use ones that have already been through the dryer, as they don’t have conditioners in them and seem to pick up dust a little better.

 

Use Lazy Susans To Avoid Spills In The Refrigerator

 

Use a lazy susan to optimize storage space and keep spills to a minimum.

 

Save Your Single Socks

 

Socks are one of the best household tools for cleaning in tough-to-reach places and dusting due to their ability to hold static electricity (like the fabric sheets).

 

Don’t Forget To Clean Your Shower Head

 

Take a plastic bag filled with white vinegar and put it around your shower head. Use a rubber band to secure the bag and leave it overnight. The acidic nature of the vinegar will help break up hard water gunk and other residue and help keep your shower water flowing well.

 

Use Baking Soda To Make Cleaning Your Oven Easier

 

All you need to make an otherwise daunting task a little easier is to add equal parts water and baking soda together to form a cleaning paste. Spread this paste all over your oven (avoiding heating elements) and let it sit overnight. Come back and wipe everything clean the next day. If you have any leftover baking soda, just spritz some vinegar over the area and it will foam up, making it easier to find.

 

Using simple cleaning hacks like these will help your new home feel like new again.

 

 

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