Transform Your Basement Into A Rainy Day Escape

Summer is full of barbeques, backyard sprinklers, ice cream, and beaches. But what do you do when the weather is less than perfect? Here are some easy basement ideas that can transform your space and make it feel like you are outdoors, even when you aren’t!

Wood Textures
A simple pallet wall or wooden ceiling beams can completely transform the look and feel of a basement. Wood not only adds warmth to a space, but it also adds an element of the outdoors that you can easily (and affordably) bring inside. Throw in some cabin-themed decorations and some indoor plants and you’ll feel like you’re in your favorite lake view spot!

What is a finished basement without a bar area perfect for serving drinks? Consider adding this feature in your basement if you love entertaining guests! To get that outside feeling, decorate it for summer with tiki inspired adornments. You can use a natural raffia table skirt to decorate the front of your bar and create a tropical bar top display with coconut cups, colorful appetizer plates, and some pineapple décor! Hang decorative LED string lights such as lanterns behind and above the bar for a little festive lighting to really set the mood.

Indoor Picnic
Have a fun indoor picnic theme with family and friends on those rainy summer days! Pick up a large serving bowl and place various summer fruits, such as lemons, oranges, grapes, or watermelon slices, inside of it. Place the bowl alongside a mason jar style drink dispenser and put a classic red and white checkered tablecloth below the two. This will make for an easy and fun serving station or just a seasonal decoration (maybe use plastic fruit as a decoration)! Fill empty table space with fruity scented candles, a napkin display, or a cute picnic basket!


How to Get Your Backyard Ready for Summer BBQs

The official start of summer is only weeks away! Have you started thinking about how you’ll impress your guests in the backyard? Cleaning and updating your outdoor space will get you on the path to successful party hosting in this summer. It will also leave your guests admiring the work you’ve put in to revamping the yard. The following are quick tips to getting your backyard ready for grilling season.

Tables and Chairs

Patio furniture is a backyard must if you have people over often. If your furniture has gone through a long cold season, you need to make sure that it is now suitable for guests to use. Giving your furniture a makeover can mean something as simple as a spray down with some cleaner. This should bring your tables and chairs back to life. The only time you should consider repainting is if you notice rust on metal furniture.

Drink Serve

Host your next party in style! Adding a backyard bar is a great addition. You will appreciate the convenience having a place to keep your beverages chilled outside for you and your guests.

Lighting Solutions

Once the sun goes down, what sources of light will you use to keep the party going? Try to avoid using light directly from your porch, as this tends to attract bugs inside of the house. Instead, incorporate torch lights, hanging lights or lanterns that aren’t positioned close to your home. Consider highlighting areas of the backyard that you would like guests to admire.

Serving Essentials

Don’t forget the basics! To host backyard BBQs, you need to have the right equipment standing by to cook and serve. In addition to dusting off your grill, count your serving ware and paper products, so that you can replenish anything you need to prior to the party.

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Springtime Checklist

Spring has sprung (hopefully) in the Miami Valley and that means it’s time to open the windows, open the doors, flush out old man winter, and start preparing for much deserved spring and summer. For this blog post, we wanted to get everyone focused on projects that they have been putting off and dream projects they want to accomplish this year. Maybe you want to install a new deck. Maybe you want to paint your house. Maybe you want to help the curb appeal of your home. Whatever your project or projects may be, going in with a plan is your best recipe for success.

Assessing your home

The first thing you want to do is assess your home. Look for tasks and projects that NEED to be taken care of first. How are the shingles on your roof doing? How about the siding on your home? Do your trees need trimmed? Perform a detailed walk-through of the inside and outside of your home to get in your mind what needs to be done and what you would like to do.

Creating a list

The second thing you should do is create a list. Think of it like a personal “honey-do” list with all of the things you need to accomplish as well as all of thing things you would like to get done. Make sure you prioritize the things that need to be finished sooner rather than later, but also make sure you check off some of the smaller, easier projects. Seeing your list starting to shrink will keep you motivated to keep going.

Get Started

The last thing you need to do is roll your sleeves up and get to it. The sooner you get your list done, the sooner you’ll be able to sit back with a glass of lemonade and enjoy all the hard work you put it. If you find yourself overwhelmed with some of your bigger projects like remodeling your bathroom, or building a deck, make sure you give us a call. At James Construction, we specialize in all types of remodeling projects and would be happy to help you.