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The outside of our chic Northeast Clackamas Street project

As the seasons shift and the summer months start rolling by, it's time to prepare your home for the PNW's unique summer experience. The PNW is practically filled the brim with breathtaking landscapes, beautiful bodies of water, and a thriving outdoor culture. To make the most of this season, we at Build Forward have compiled a list of tips to help you prepare your home for the upcoming summer months. From optimizing your outdoor spaces to ensuring energy efficiency, let's dive into these preparations to make the most of your time at home this season.

Embrace Outdoor Living

Summer in the PNW is all about enjoying the great outdoors (without needing a rain jacket). One way to do so while staying in your own backyard is by creating an inviting outdoor living space. You can start by sprucing up your patio or deck area. Consider adding comfortable seating, outdoor rugs, and accent pillows to create a cozy and stylish atmosphere. Incorporate shade options like umbrellas or a pergola to shield yourself from the occasional rain showers or the intense midday sun. Enhance the ambiance with flameless outdoor lighting like string lights or lanterns to extend the usability of your space well into the evening.

Landscaping and Gardening

Take advantage of the abundant natural beauty surrounding your home by enhancing your landscaping and gardening. A good starting point can be tidying up your yard and removing any debris or overgrown vegetation. Consider planting native plants that are well-adapted to the region's climate, as they require less maintenance and are more likely to thrive. Add pops of color with vibrant flowers or create a vegetable garden to enjoy fresh produce and herbs throughout the summer. In order to preserve your own personal oasis definitely regularly water your plants, and don't forget to add mulch to help retain moisture and suppress weed growth!

Energy Efficiency

With the intense summer heat we get here at times, it's crucial to maintain energy efficiency in your home. Start by checking your windows and doors for drafts, as they can significantly impact your cooling costs. Consider installing weatherstripping or caulking to seal any gaps. You can also opt for energy-efficient window coverings such as blinds or curtains that block out heat during the hottest parts of the day in the sunniest parts of your home. Additionally, use ceiling fans strategically to circulate cool air and reduce reliance on air conditioning. If you're considering a long-term investment, upgrading to energy-efficient appliances can save you both energy and money in the long run.

Maintain Your HVAC System

It never hurts to ensure your home's cooling system is in optimal condition by scheduling a maintenance check for your HVAC system! Cleaning or replacing air filters regularly significantly improves your indoor air quality and maximizes energy efficiency. Also be sure clear any obstructions around your outdoor unit, such as leaves or debris, to promote proper airflow. You may also consider installing a programmable thermostat to regulate temperature settings and reduce energy consumption when you're away from home.

Prepare for Rain

Although summer out here usually brings warmer temperatures, it's essential to be prepared for those rainy summer weekends. It might be worth it to inspect your roof for any signs of damage or leaks and have them repaired promptly. Give your gutters and downspouts a seasonal clearing of debris to prevent clogging and ensure proper drainage. Lastly, checking the grading around your home's foundation to ensure water flows away from the structure can be useful in preventing potential water damage or basement flooding.

An outdoor soaking tub.
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Preparing your home for summer is an opportunity to enhance your enjoyment of this remarkable region by embracing outdoor living, optimizing energy efficiency, and preparing you cooling and drainage systems. You'll be well-prepared to savor the sunny days while being mindful of the area's unique climate. From transforming your outdoor spaces into inviting retreats to maintaining your home's essential systems, we are here to lend a hand. Contact us here or send us a message at to collaborate with our experts on getting your preparations going. Get ready to make lasting memories in your summer-ready Pacific Northwest abode!



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