With the holidays behind us, it’s a great time to begin planning for spring and summer home remodeling projects. Here are several projects you might consider as a way to upgrade your home this year.

Concrete patios

Summers in the Pacific Northwest are incredible: months of sunshine, an abundance of lush greenery fed by the spring rains, and views of the Cascade Mountains in the background.

One of the few ways to improve on the natural beauty of Whatcom and Skagit counties in the summer is to spend spring upgrading your patio into a true outdoor living space. How to plan the perfect patio space

Outdoor kitchens and fire pits

Patios are a great place to hang out. And what do we like to do when we relax with friends? Eat. Picture this: One side of your patio has a grill built into a concrete surround — perhaps even with a large concrete countertop that can serve as a dining table — and on the other side stands a concrete fire pit with built in benches for enjoying hot fires on crisp summer evenings.

Your outdoor living space will be the envy of the neighborhood, and it’ll be something you, your family and friends can enjoy all summer and long into fall.

Concrete planters and benches

Remember the woonerf we built over in the Barkley Village neighborhood of Bellingham? Among the many neat features of that project was the concrete planters and benches we integrated into the design, alongside the steps and ramps leading into the buildings along the living street there.

A combo planter and bench would make a wonderful addition to your outdoor concrete patio this summer.

Retaining walls

When you live in the Pacific Northwest, you learn to embrace hillside living. But wouldn’t it be nice to have a little extra space?

If you have a significant elevation change on your property you can reclaim some space by adding a concrete retaining wall. A well-planned retaining wall can help you add parking space, improve drainage, add visual interest, improve landscaping and boost the usable area of your yard.

We recently installed a retaining wall in the hilly yard behind a small home in Bellingham that gave the homeowners quite a bit of extra yard space while also helping ensure that rainwater was directed away from the home’s foundation. Top 5 reasons to add retaining walls to your hillside property

For help with these or any other spring or summer concrete projects in Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden, Burlington or throughout Whatcom and Skagit counties, please contact Custom Concrete Contracting in Bellingham.