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4 Popular Home Renovation Projects for Summer in Rhode Island

4 Home Renovation Projects for Summer in Rhode Island

The sun is shining, and the mercury is rising. We love summer in Rhode Island not only because of the (relatively) mild weather and weekend barbecues but it’s also the perfect time to dig into some summer-specific home projects. With that in mind, we’re reviewing the best home renovation projects for summer. Whether you prefer rolling up your sleeves and donning a swooshy sunhat or hiring an expert team of designers and builders (hint hint), this article will surely get you moving. Keep reading for more!


Deck or Patio Expansion

It’s a basic Rhode Island fact that our beautiful summer weather practically begs homeowners to spend more time outdoors. Who doesn’t love soaking up those Rhodey rays? That’s why upgrading your deck or patio space remains one of the most popular home renovation projects for summer. Summer is the perfect time to replace rotted boards on your deck or missing pavers on your patio. That’s easy enough for any DIY homeowner. But why not spread out a bit while you’re at it? You may also want to consider increasing your outdoor gathering space’s footprint, in which case Red House has you covered. Then, you can take it to the next level by adding some comfy outdoor furniture, landscape lighting, and, who knows, maybe even an outdoor kitchen or fire pit! Whatever your needs, our team of designers can help!

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Photography by Aaron Usher III.

Exterior Painting and Siding Replacement

It’s no secret that summer provides the ideal weather conditions for exterior painting and siding projects. Anyone that’s tried to find someone to paint the outside of their house in winter probably knows this. So if your home’s exterior needs a refresh, don’t delay any longer–now is the time! Slapping a new coat of paint on your home is the fastest way to give it a fresh update. Just be sure to choose a color that suits your taste and complements your home’s architectural style. Make sure to repair any damage to your siding while you’re at it, too. Missing shingles or clapboards will start to let moisture in eventually, and you’ll want to get those fixed ASAP. Don’t fret, though; exterior repairs are our bread and butter–so don’t be shy to reach out if this feels overwhelming. 

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If you’ve been thinking of updating your home’s siding, summer is the perfect time to do it! Photography by Aaron Usher III.


Energy-Efficient Window Installation

We talk a lot about windows here at Red House–we’re pretty transparent about that (heh). But that’s because windows are one of the most important components of your home. Window upgrades may seem like a winter-prep project (and they are), but high-quality fenestrations can help keep the heat out too. Energy-efficient windows will always be a wise investment that can add value to your home, improve insulation, and reduce energy costs. In a nutshell, you’ll want to look for windows with low-emissivity (Low-E) glass, an appropriate Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC), and U-Factor. You’ll also want to consider double-pane and triple-pane windows with gas fills. In our previous blog post, Energy Efficient Windows in Rhode Island, you can read more about how to parse the wide world of windows. 

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Upgrading your windows is ALWAYS a good idea. Photography by Aaron Usher III.

Basement Remodels

Summer projects aren’t just for the outside. On those blistering hot days, you may want to go subterranean. Transforming your basement–an often underutilized area–into a functional living space can help you beat the heat and add value to your home. Whatever your needs may be–a family game room, a woodshop, a home office, a personal gym, even a guest suite, or a bedroom for your moody teenager–finding time to focus on upgrading your basement will pay dividends. 


We know what you’re thinking, “Summer only lasts so long. I better get a move on!” But if kicking back and sipping some ice-cold lemonade is more your summer style, Red House is here to take over. Deck and patio expansions, exterior improvements, window upgrades, basement remodels–we do it all and more. Contact us today, and let’s discuss your home renovation projects for summer before it’s too late!

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