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9 Warm-Weather Projects to Start Thinking About This Winter

In the same way that gardeners brighten the dark, rainy days of winter by poring over brightly colored seed catalogs, homeowners use this dreary time to plot their summer remodeling projects. When the rain starts tapering off in late spring, contractors in Portland get busy, so now is the time to get on the builders’ calendars.

Start Planning Now

If you’ve got an idea for an addition or remodel to increase the livability of your home, you should be working now to firm up your thoughts. Keep a notebook handy to write down ideas, tear out pages from magazines, bookmark websites, and save photos and plans in a Houzz Ideabook. There’s nothing like seeing beautifully designed homes in person, so visit Realtors’ and builders’ open houses and take advantage of home tours, jotting down notes and adding to your stock of ideas. A good place to gain inspiration and gather information from representatives of builders and suppliers is a home and garden show. Check out events such as the Tour of Remodeled Homes and the Portland Spring Home & Garden Show

Start researching contractors, make phone calls, interview builders and architects, and get your plans underway now.

Dry-Weather Projects

Indoor home remodel projects can proceed when it’s cold and wet outside, but obviously work that requires dry ground and clear skies must take place in the summer in Portland. Those projects include:

1.· Outdoor living room. Building an outdoor living room, or even an outdoor kitchen in the spring and summer provides the perfect opportunity for summer and fall outdoor entertaining.

2. Replacing roofing.

3. Replacing or adding siding.

4. Exterior painting and staining.

5. Home additions. Digging a foundation in the mud isn’t the greatest situation, and neither is building walls and roofs in the rain.

6. Same goes for a kitchen remodel that involves a temporarily open structure that lets in the weather. In the summer, not only is the dry weather a boon, but it’s a good time to use your existing outdoor kitchen or barbecue grill as a fallback when the main kitchen is torn up.

7. Window replacement. This is another great project for warm and dry weather. New windows in your home increase energy efficiency, comfort, and beauty.

8. Solar-energy projects. Despite Portland’s reputation for wet weather, the city isn’t too cloudy for residential solar-energy installations. This work, usually on the roof, is a lot easier to perform when the weather is dry. Oregon offers a number of incentives to help residents install energy-saving systems in their homes, and the federal government’s income tax credit for solar-energy systems still is in effect.

9. Building an accessory dwelling unit. All the rage in Portland and other places around the country, these secondary living spaces often involve creating an entirely new detached structure or adding on to an existing home. Both projects go better when it’s not wet outside.

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