Peach season in the Hill Country
Load the family up for a quick trip down I-10 to pick peaches and enjoy fresh peach treats! It’s peach season all summer long in Fredericksburg, Texas.
It’s grilling season
Gather in the backyard with friends and have a good old Texas summer grill out! Check out these yummy recipes to try on the grill! texasmonthly.com/category/bbq/recipes
Blanco Lavender Festival
If you love lavender, head on into Blanco, Texas, for the Blanco Lavender Festival June 10th-12th. blancolavenderfest.com
Time to float
Texas heat is no joke. Cool off in the brisk waters on New Braunfels. playinnewbraunfels.com/tube-in-new-braunfels
June 18th is Father’s Day. Make that special father figure in your life feel appreciated this year. There are plenty of fun things to do with Dad.parade.com/1032345/marynliles/best-fathers-day-ideas
Walk among the sunflowers
Traders Village will be opening a 10-acre sunflower field on weekends for photos and cutting fresh flowers. Always check to make sure the field is open as times change depending on weather and flower maturity. tradersvillage.com/san-antonio/events/sunflower-field-2023
Summer home chore checklist
Here are a few things you can do to improve or maintain your home over the summer months: clean out the pantry, wash/clean all the windows, do an exterior wash, touch up paint on trim and exterior areas.
Watch a baseball game
Support the San Antonio Missions and see one of their many home games in June.
Theme park season is here
Get out of the house and enjoy some of the fun-packed theme parks the San Antonio area has to offer. sixflags.com/fiestatexas
Make homemade ice cream
Gather the kids for a homemade sweet treat! Teach them the old-fashioned way of creating ice cream. Create memories they’ll talk about for the rest of their lives.barefeetinthekitchen.com/homemade-ice-cream-recipe
Find a couple of good books and start reading your way through them this summer. Books provide the perfect entertainment for road trips, poolside or even curled up on the couch hiding from the 100 degree Texas weather!
Two-step around central Texas
Make a few road trips this summer to some of the best dance halls in Texas. This list is full of historic
dance halls and fun Central Texas destinations. wideopencountry.com
Shake things up a little and try out a new cocktail recipe from this list of yummy options. goodhousekeeping.com
Hardwood flooring is getting lighter as darker tones are being pushed aside for warmer color palettes. Haywoods, a flooring and wall paneling firm, recently forecasted trends for wood flooring. Check out the three styles they say are gaining popularity.
Subtle Cool: Light White OakThe shade is light but has versatile undertones that vary depending on the type of lighting.
Au Naturel: Neutral WoodThis wood floor tone invokes a feeling of nature. Its character grade allows for some knotting, making it as unique as the tree it's sourced from.
Quintessential: Warm BrownFor those who prefer a slightly deeper color foundation, a warm brown can help create a cozy, traditional aesthetic. This flooring also can be spiced up with eclectic accent colors.
Many homeowners have turned their attention to enhancing their outdoor space since the pandemic began—and that may pay off at resale, according to a new survey from the National Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of Landscape Professionals. Ninety-two percent of REALTORS® say they recommend that sellers improve their curb appeal prior to listing, finds the 2023 Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features. REALTORS® most often recommend general landscaping maintenance, standard lawn care service and tree trimming.
“It’s no surprise that nearly all REALTORS® and most homeowners place a high value on the curb appeal of a well-maintained yard,” says NALP CEO Britt Wood. “Healthy outdoor living and green spaces help the environment, increase home values, make communities more desirable and improve people’s mental and physical health.”
The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way Americans use their homes for daily living, relaxation and entertainment, adds Jessica Lautz, NAR’s deputy chief economist and vice president of research. “Homeowners have embraced their outdoor spaces, transforming them into oases with pools, patios, plants and greenery,” Lautz says. “These outdoor features … can also attract buyers if the owner wants to sell.”
Prioritizing Outdoor Projects for Resale
Most homeowners indicate a desire for an in-ground pool or an outdoor fire feature, but the ROI on these items may not be as high as simple lawn care and landscape maintenance, the report finds. The survey defines “standard lawn care service” as six seasonal applications of fertilizer and/or weed control on a 5,000-square-foot lawn and “landscape maintenance” as mulch application, regular lawn mowing, pruning shrubs and planting about 60 perennials or annuals.
NAR 2023 Remodeling Impact Report
The features that make homeowners happiest, however, aren’t necessarily the ones that earn the most at resale. The least expensive projects, such as standard lawn care service, have the highest cost recovery but one of the lowest “joy” rankings from homeowners, according to the survey. Instead, the report found that the following outdoor projects received the highest satisfaction marks among homeowners:
New wood deck
On the other hand, the items that ranked the lowest on homeowners’ “joy” scale were:
Standard lawn care service
Installing a yard irrigation system
The majority of landscape professionals surveyed say the size and scope of outdoor home improvement projects have increased since the pandemic began. REALTORS® surveyed say the landscape projects they’ve seen most often since the pandemic began are the addition of an in-ground pool, landscape maintenance and a new patio.
Kelly Ann Cameron