Tip of the Week
The longer days and warmer weather make summer the ideal season to complete a home improvement project. While the season lasts, consider tackling these remodeling jobs:
Outdoor kitchen - An outdoor kitchen can add value to the home as well as decrease the homeowners utility costs. These additions can be tailored to the homeowners preferences by equipping the station with appliances well beyond the basic grill including sink, refrigerator and dishwasher.
Deck addition - The always-popular deck is one of the most cost-effective ways of adding extra space to the home, since building a deck doesnt generally include plumbing and electrical work. Decks can also boost curb appeal and, depending on the material, be easy to maintain.

Home-Selling Tip
A can of black, oil-rubbed bronze or brushed nickel spray paint can be used to update metal house numbers, railings and light fixtures before listing your home. The difference is noticeable, quick and a low investment of money.

Did You Know
Taking root
According to the Arbor Day Foundation, planting a tree can increase your homes value, cut energy costs and be beneficial to your familys health. For added color, consider planting some perennial flowers, such as day lilies, tulips and roses.

Decorating Tip
Accent wall
Instead of redoing an entire room, try painting one wall as an accent wall. This will create a new focal point for the room that can be easily achieved by going a shade darker, brighter or complementing the existing wall color.

Garden Guide
Keep compost damp
If compost becomes too dry, the helpful bacteria it uses will die. Pay special attention during the hot, dry summer months and give the compost a thorough soaking if it begins to appear crusty or brittle.