Projects and Plans for Every Adult Summer Wishlist

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The definition of summer fun is not much different for adults than for kids. Almost everyone loves swimming, boating, fishing, and having fun. The difference is that, unlike the magical belief of children, adults know fun doesn’t always make itself. It’s the adults that make it happen.

Summer fun often involves planning projects and working on them. Only when the work is done can we all reap the benefits of what those projects bring. For example, if you want to bask in the sun on your lovely backyard deck, you must first have a deck. This involves building it yourself or hiring a contractor. Either way, it’s work.

So, an adult summer wishlist often differs from those of younger, carefree folks. But it’s OK because working today means having fun in the sun tomorrow. This blog will explore some projects and plans to check off your summer wishlist.

1. Install a Dock for Your Boat

We’re not talking about a significant spot for a yacht, but if you’re lucky enough to own some waterfront property on a lake or river, chances are you’ll want a boat. Once you have said boat, you’ll need somewhere to put it. Even the smallest watercraft can be a pain to drag in and out of the water, never mind transporting it back and forth.

The easiest solution is to build yourself a dock. Small boat docks are not terribly expensive, and you can buy them as a kit. If you decide to do it yourself, you’re going to need some help. You’ll also need to rent a pile driver to drive the stakes into the lake or riverbed.

Before starting, you must take proper measurements and decide what type of wood and style of dock you want. Take into consideration things like waves, weather, and weight.

Also, think about whether you’ll be using the dock for sunbathing, fishing, and swimming. All these factors will help decide on the deck style. If it’s beyond your skill set, that’s OK. There are plenty of contractors that specialize in dock installation. Be sure to ask for references before hiring one.

2. Purchase a Golf Cart

Originally designed to carry golfers and their equipment around the course, golf carts have evolved into the perfect form of local transportation. You’ll see them everywhere, from airports and stadiums to college campuses and resorts. They’re also increasingly used around gated and retirement communities.

Many states have recently allowed them to become legal on particular residential streets. Buying a golf cart can be a fun addition to an adult summer wishlist. They’re convenient, economical, environmentally friendly, and just plain fun. People use them to get around campgrounds and beach towns and even visit neighbors during the summer.

It’s an excellent way for folks who have trouble walking to keep up with a group. You can also pack it up with picnic and party essentials to take down the road to a party rather than drive a car. Golf cart sellers have many options available, including used carts that are pretty affordable.

3. Add a Swimming Pool to Your Yard

A pool is usually on everyone’s summer wishlist. Whether it’s an inground swimming pool or above ground, people love having a giant tub in their backyard during those sweltering summer months. It’s fun for all ages and will surely be the centerpiece of summer parties. But there’s a lot of work to get it installed.

You’ll first need to decide what pool type and size will best suit your yard. Then, you’ll need to get the proper permits and call your gas and electric companies to ensure you won’t hit any lines when digging. Then there’s the construction. An inground pool can take up to six months to complete.

While an above-ground pool is much less work, it’s still some hard labor. It’s not just digging and assembling either; it’s plumbing and electricity, too. This is where you may want to consider hiring a pool installer. Hiring a professional will cost more, but they will take care of everything, at least they should. This brings us to our next topic of discussion.

4. Find a Pool Installer

Once you’ve decided to take the plunge and get a pool, you’ll probably need a professional pool installer. When looking for pool installers, you should employ the same tactics when researching other businesses. Start by asking people who have pools, then research reviews and see if the places you’re interested in have any complaints against them.

It’s essential to ensure the company you choose is trustworthy, insured, clean, and works on a consistent schedule. Contact several local pool companies before choosing one. Be aware of red flags like asking for a sizable down payment, a quick contract signing, not picking up the phone, or returning calls. These are all signs that you should run.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions like how long they’ve been in business, how many projects like yours they’ve completed, and if your deposit is in a personal or company account. You want it to be a business account in case there’s trouble down the line. Also, ask about warranties and to see a portfolio and references. A reputable company will gladly show you their work and provide customer feedback.

Once the work has started, don’t be afraid to check in and voice any concerns or changes you want. But please don’t hover and pester the workers every second. That will only make the job take longer.

5. Add a Pool Deck

After your pool is ready, you’ll want something to lay out and relax on. So, now it’s time to build your pool deck. Decks will differ depending on the type of pool. Inground pools typically have concrete decking that surrounds the pool. A concrete pool deck contractor should be hired for this, as it takes specialized techniques to install something attractive and stand the test of time.

Above-ground pools are usually made of wood that’s been treated and waterproofed or a vinyl material that gives the appearance of timber. While many decks surrounding above-ground pools allow the pool to be exposed, others encapsulate the entire pool, giving the appearance of an inground pool. What you choose all depends on your preference and budget. Just like other building projects, you’ll need to have plans and a permit.

6. Build a Deck

Sitting on your deck with a frosty beverage is on the summer wishlist for many adults. It’s not only a space to sit, but you can socialize with friends, eat outdoors with the family, and have an area for the kids to play. You can add furniture, an electric fire pit, and even a big-screen television to transform it into extra living space. Some people even turn their decks into extra kitchens with elaborate grills, stoves, and refrigerators.

A deck becomes even more versatile when you add a canopy or permanent roof structure. These options give the ability to enclose the deck with weather-protective shades and other enclosures. When you build a deck, you must have blueprints and get a permit. Then, decide if you’re going to do it yourself or hire deck builders.

Some things to consider before deciding are that deck materials are pretty heavy, there’s a lot of physical labor involved, and the measurements must be precise. You must also pass a final safety inspection to avoid cutting corners. Don’t take a chance doing it yourself if you have any doubts. A professional job can save you a lot of stress and give you peace of mind.

7. Rent and Ride an ATV

This summer wishlist item requires no blueprints, tools, or manual labor. All you need is your sense of adventure, a few friends, and an ATV rental shop. That’s right, this fun-in-the-sun, adrenaline-filled activity requires you to rent and ride an all-terrain vehicle!

These vehicles are also called quads and have four wheels and a super suspension that allows you to take bumps, jumps, and sharp turns with precision. They’re made for off-road dirt trails and pits and are prohibited on streets. All-terrain vehicles are great for seeing sites that aren’t easily accessible by car or walking.

They’re a great way to get fresh air, summer sun, and an adrenaline rush simultaneously. While you’re out there zipping along, you’ll also be getting a great workout. Riding and ATV can improve your musculoskeletal system and maintain muscle mass. Always ride with a partner and wear protective gear.

8. Rent a Summer Home

Nothing screams summer like a vacation. While staying in a hotel has benefits, renting a house can be an excellent experience for the entire family. A house allows you the flexibility to bring extended family and friends to visit. A summer rental home also gives you privacy, a kitchen, and other amenities you can’t get with a house.

Whether it’s a cottage on the beach, a cabin in the mountains, or a Victorian mansion in New Orleans, a summer house is the base camp for a fun-filled summer wishlist trip. Regardless of where you will rent your summer house, do it far in advance. January is usually the time to start planning your rental. Visiting some travel sites is an excellent place to start, as they usually have homes for rent.

You can also visit resort town websites; places like Myrtle Beach, for example, have a section for tourism and accommodations. Ask friends who may have summer houses for rent; you may even get a discount. Pay attention to check-in times and deposits. Most rentals have contracts, so be sure to read them carefully before you sign.

9. Build a Fence for Your Yard

Fencing in your backyard can ensure many years of outdoor fun while providing safety and privacy at the same time. So, if you want to install a fence, there’s no better time than summer. The weather is agreeable, and the ground is soft.

You have many options regarding the type of fencing you can get, from chain link and wood to vinyl and cast iron. Make sure you consider why you need a fence before choosing. You may want a fence that is kid and pet-friendly while keeping them in bounds. Some folks may want a decorative high fence to maintain privacy.

Whatever you decide, you must visit that permit office and get the okay to dig. Many people install more straightforward fencing like chain links themselves. If you have more elaborate plans, you may want to consult a professional.

Putting up fences does not look that difficult to install, but particular details are involved, like getting exact measurements and digging each post hole just right. If you don’t want to spend the money on a pro, at least have someone with construction experience to help. You’ll be happy you did.

10. Find An Outdoor Fitness Class

When you’re done for the day with your summer wishlist project, a great way to unwind is by finding yourself an outdoor fitness class. These classes are plentiful during the warm weather and can be found at parks, community centers, beaches, and ball fields. At any given time, you can relax with some yoga, strengthen your muscles with a local Pilates class, or do some group cardio.

If a formal class is too much, find a walking group to join or go cycling with some friends. Most towns have community or rec centers that list classes and activities. It’s essential to take time away from work and home projects.

An outdoor fitness class is a terrific way to get fresh air, exercise, and make new friends. Most outdoor classes are free or charge a nominal fee per session. If you need something else to add to your summer wishlist, consider starting an outdoor exercise class of your own!

An adult summer wishlist may not look fun at first glance. But remember, the work will pay off in the long run with years of relaxation and good times for you and your family.

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