Winterize Your World Wednesday: Signs of Spring Published on February 23, 2016 Winter is coming to a close. Even if you can’t go full-on flip flops and shorts just yet, it’s about the right time to start planning improvements to your outdoor spaces so that you’re ready to go as soon as it’s nice enough to work outside. After all – why have a dull yard when you could actually have a backyard sanctuary? If you get your outdoor projects done early, then you have more time to relax and enjoy them when the weather gets hot and summer holidays, like Memorial Day and July 4th, roll around. Once again, Ashley and Jamin Mills, who blog at The Handmade Home, are ready with achievable and inspiring ideas. These aren’t just musings – Ashley and Jamin have done each of these projects at the home they share with their young children. They have shared their list of 12 ways to add charm, comfort, and enjoyment to your yard. Some of these projects will even add to the value of your home! Let’s do this! Which of these ideas would you like to try? Try a Tepee – This fun hiding place could go in the home (for rainy spring afternoons) or on the deck. It’s one of the couple’s most popular ideas.Decked Out – Decks are like outside living rooms, but they can get ragged and gray. A little fixing up will bring back the “Wow!”Shutter at the Thought – Wooden shutters can bring instant warmth and are relatively easy to assemble.Fire Away – A fire pit lets you enjoy your outdoor spaces into the evening even if it gets a little chilly.Put in a Porch – If you don’t have your own porch, you can build one. Yes, you can!Make the Gray go Away – Use paint to add some fair to your concrete patio and make it into ourdoor art.Look Up – A pergola is a beautiful backyard [[addition|upgrade|improvement|update. Make it the focal point of your outdoor dining area or create a spot to relax by adding some comfy chairs. If you want to add some green to your backyard, the pergola provides a perfect design for ivy or other vine-like, climbing vegetation.Table It – We ADORE the outdoor table they built from a trashed door – it’s gorgeous!Kid zones – here are two other ideas to make dedicated spaces that the kiddos will absolutely cherish. Get excited making your backyard your family’s special place to retreat and make sure your home is ready for the warmer weather with a Precision Tune-Up from Barlow Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.