Summer home renovations in 2023

With clear skies in the forecast this summer, many people are taking the opportunity to make some major improvements to their homes. Some seek out renovation projects to enhance their home lifestyle, while others invest in projects for their properties to increase the value of their home. Here are the top trending projects for summer home renovations!

1) A coat of paint

What better time of year to get a fresh coat of paint than summer? Exterior paint can go a long way when it comes to giving your home a face-lift. Don't just look at walls but consider tying your outdoor living space, doors, fences, and more into your overall look aesthetic with a fresh coat of paint or stain!

BTW: Throughout Burlingame, we're even seeing people choose contrasting pops of color for doors and window frames. It's a great way to add personality to the outside of your home without a huge investment!

2) Replace doors + Windows (including garage doors)

As the summer breeze dances through your home, it's essential to let it in with style. With the warm weather upon us, it's the perfect time to upgrade your doors and windows. Homeowners in our market are considering energy-efficient, stylish alternatives that seamlessly blend with their home's aesthetic. From bright statement doors to beautiful French doors leading to their backyard oasis, there is no shortage of creativity going into doors and windows this summer. Don't forget to include garage doors in this transformation!

BTW: The right doors and windows are not just pretty, but they can add value to your home too!

3) Patio Addition

California summers are meant to be enjoyed outdoors, and what better way to embrace the sunshine than with a patio addition? Create an oasis where you can bask in the warm rays or entertain friends and family. Install comfortable outdoor furniture, a cozy dining area, and some ambient lighting to set the mood. Your patio will become the heart of your home, where memories are made, and laughter echoes throughout the warm evenings.

BTW: Beyond the implicit values of a great patio, they also are a big feature people look for when purchasing a home in Hillsborough and Burlingame. Having a great patio will pay off when it comes time to sell!

4) Privacy Plants & Landscaping

While California is known for its friendly neighborhoods, sometimes we all crave a little privacy. Introduce some lush greenery with privacy plants that not only shield your outdoor spaces but also add beauty to your surroundings. If your selections are strategic, you may also benefit from a little shade during those scorching summer days.

BTW: Be patient with plants as they take time to grow and mold to your property. You might lay the groundwork this summer and fully enjoy them next summer, so don't wait to start adding to your outdoor space!

5) Roofing and Skylights.

With the California sun shining bright, it's the perfect time to ensure that your roof is in optimal condition. Take the opportunity to upgrade your roofing system, and if appropriate, consider adding skylights for a touch of natural radiance. If you've considered installing skylights, summer is the perfect time for the project.

BTW: Dependent on the buyer, natural light is a desirable feature and one of the most influential architectural elements of a home! Don't forget to consider the styling and positioning of your skylight when deciding to undertake this project. Like everything else in a home, it should be an intentional addition.

6) Build an ADU

This year, we're seeing more and more creative ways of gaining additional living space being deployed by our neighbors in Hillsborough and Burlingame.  ** can we say neighbors along the Peninsula instead? Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) have become increasingly popular in California. Building one not only expands your living area but also adds value to your property. Whether it's a serene studio, a guest suite, or a creative workspace, an ADU can be customized to suit your needs and provide a tranquil escape for you and your loved ones.

BTW: This is a great added value to your home and is often requested by home seekers. With California's relaxed ADU regulations, summer is the perfect time to embark on this exciting addition.

7) Revamp your Garage

What's in your garage right now? Cleats, softball bags, a few packs of water, sports gear, cleaning supplies, and maybe a few skeletons that have made it out of the closet and into the garage. Whatever your garage looks like, summer is the time to turn it into a functional and beautiful extension of your home! Organize the inside with custom shelving and organizers and give the doors a facelift. With a little bit of effort, you're garage will quickly become an added value to your home and a place less dreaded.

BTW: Don't forget about the outside. Garage doors are not just a way to update your our home's look, but according to Remodeling Magazine, they can also increase the resale value of your home!

8) Fire pits

It doesn't matter how old you are. S’mores are timeless and are loved at every age. If not for the gooey chocolate treat itself, then surely it's the memories with loved ones that are the sweetest. Recreate these special moments anytime with a firepit to enjoy all summer and well into the cool fall and early winter months.

BTW: This does not have to be a huge renovation project unless you’re looking into building something grand! It might not seem like much, but an outdoor fireplace is a nice selling point for any home as it instantly elevates outdoor spaces and does not need to take up much space!

9) Shade structures

Did you know that The Sharp Group is a unit of VERY fabulous and successful women? A quick scroll through our group text will catch you all up on the necessity of sunblock as we host open houses and tour our projects during the day. Still, sunblock isn't enough. With the California sun shining bright, it's crucial to create shaded areas to retreat from the heat. Install shade structures like pergolas, awnings, or retractable canopies to shield yourself from the intense rays while still enjoying the outdoors.

BTW: These upgrades can come in projects of all shapes and sizes but remember, the more you invest into the design, durability, and intentionality of your project, the more you reap the rewards when it comes to the value it adds to your home.

10) Sports courts

Embrace California's active lifestyle by adding a sports court to your backyard. Whether it's a basketball court, tennis court, or putting green, having a dedicated space for physical activities will ensure endless hours of joy and entertainment.

BTW: Dependent on space and investment, these outdoor spaces can make a home more appealing to potential buyers in the future. Even if you don't sell, there is so much to be gained from spaces that encourage an active lifestyle. After all, health is wealth, right?


Home renovations come in all shapes, sizes, and budgets. Many of these adaptable tips can be customized to fit your space, your time, and the investment you’re willing to spend. Don’t forget that any improvement to your home should be intentional and should bring you joy while you live in it. After all, it is your home and your space to be cherished!

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