Winterize Your World Wednesday: Signs of Spring Published on February 23, 2016 The end of winter is finally near. 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 pull the trigger as soon as it’s nice enough to start work. After all – why have a boring yard when you really want a backyard oasis? Get the projects done early and there’s all the more time to relax and enjoy them when the heat sets in and summer holidays, like Memorial Day and July 4th, get here. Once again, Ashley and Jamin Mills, who blog at The Handmade Home, are prepared with attainable and exciting ideas. These aren’t just musings – Ashley and Jamin have completed each of these projects at the home they share with their three young ones. See their list of more than 10 ways to add beauty, comfort, and enjoyment to your yard. Some of these projects will even increase the value of your home! Let’s do this! Which of these ideas sound most appealing to you? Try a Tepee – This snug hideaway could go in the home (for rainy spring afternoons) or on the deck. It’s one of the bloggers’ most popular ideas.Decked Out – Decks are like outside living rooms, but they can get worn and gray. A little love will bring back the “Wow!”Shutter at the Thought – Wooden shutters can bring instant warmth and are relatively easy to build.Fire Away – A fire pit allows you to sit in your backyard oasis even when the weather cools off.Put in a Porch – If your backyard is missing a porch, you can build one yourself. Yes, you can!Make the Gray go Away – A little paint turns a basic concrete patio into outdoor art.Look Up – A pergola is a beautiful backyard [[addition|upgrade|improvement|update. Use it as a focal point to create an outdoor dining area, or add a couple of Adirondack chairs for reading and relaxing. If you want to add some green to your backyard, the pergola provides a perfect support for ivy or other vine-like, climbing plants.Table It – We ADORE the outdoor table they built from a recycled door – it’s fabulous!Kid zones – here are two additional ideas to create dedicated spaces that the little ones will absolutely love. Start making your backyard your family’s special sanctuary and make sure your home is ready for the warmer weather with a Precision Tune-Up from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.