4 Winter Home Improvement Projects

The weather outside may be frightful, but simple home improvements are oh so delightful this time of year. Aside from a fresh coat paint and a plethora of flooring projects, these four projects are sure to get you up off the couch, increase your property value and get you through the remaining colder months faster.canstockphoto2028844

  1. Organizing

When Spring arrives and the weather warms up, you will thank yourself for already going through all of your piles of junk. Decluttering and organizing is a great winter project. In fact, January happens to be “Get Organized Month.” Don’t try to tackle the entire house at one. Devote time every week to decluttering and coming up with organizational solutions for each space throughout your home.

  1. Bathroom touch-ups

If your grout is gunky, your tub is lined with unsightly mildew or your sink its hopelessly outdated, it might be time for a bathroom touch up. Bathrooms offer a great winter project as they provide an escape from the cold and can be enjoyed all year long once they are complete.  You can frugally remodel your bathroom by replacing the faucet and other hardware, thoroughly cleaning or even re-grouting the tile and applying a fresh coat of paint.

  1. Backsplash install

Backsplashes are to kitchens; as peanut butter is to jelly. They’re essential for getting that perfect combination. Take your kitchen up a notch with a backsplash install. A flashy or textured tile can add color and life to a plain scheme. The right backsplash also will accessorize and emphasize your countertops, cabinets and appliances.

  1. Drab-to-fab door overhaul

Refurbish and dressing up your interior doors can have a lot of visual impact on your home. Replacing the doors completely can quickly become costly. Consider these DIY alternatives to really shake things up. You can paint or stain them a darker color as dark doors often look more expensive. Colored doors also look much more modern and whimsical than traditional wood. Updating the hardware and changing the doorknobs also provides an inexpensive fix for outdated doors. You can add or replace the molding around your doors to create dimension and provide an elegant look and feel to the space.

The Legend of Timpanogos Cave

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Mt. Timpanogos seen from Silver Glance Lake. Via Wikipedia/Mount_Timpanogos.

Mount Timpanogos is one of Utah’s most popular hiking and climbing destinations in Utah? In such a beautiful part of the state, the hike up Timpanogos is marked with waterfalls, mountain goats, gorgeous conifers, and rocky slopes.

Did you know, when viewed from Heber Valley, Mount Timpanogos resembles the profile of a sleeping woman. Legend has it that an Indian maiden died of a broken heart after her lover was killed. Although there are no evidence to support the story, it is still a fun tale to tell to attract visitors to the stunning mountain range.

If you are looking for a fun thing to do with the family (although probably not with little kids) come and hike Timpanogos. While you are up there, be sure to take a tour of the captivating Timpanogos cave with its beautifully decorated rooms, rock formations, and hear the stories of cave exploration and preservation.

What is one of your favorite hiking trails?

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Finding the Best Hiking Trails in Utah

sun-rising-over-utah-canyonsUtah is a great place for many outdoor adventures during all times of the year. With all the unusual warm weather for this time of year is easy to start planning all the hikes you want to go on.  There are so many wonderful hiking trails in Utah to explore such as Donut Falls TrailBells Canyon TrailWaterfall Canyon and Angels Landing ~ to name a few.

Remember before setting out, it is important to pack a backpack with a map or guide book, plenty of water, fuel (load up on those high energy power bars) and first aid. For a full list of items to bring check out this helpful site.

Another thing to keep in mind before heading out is to check the weather so you can be prepared or adjust your plans as needed. Always inform friends and family about where you are going and when you expect to be back. Carry out what you brought in ~ keep the outdoors clean for next person.

What are you doing for the 4th of July weekend? What are some hiking trails in Utah that  you enjoy?

Bicycling Utah

smBikeSpring is right around the corner, and for me, that means spending more time outside taking in the beauty Utah has to offer. One of my favorite pastimes is taking my bicycle out and exploring some of the trails across the state. When getting into the sport of bicycling, decide what your primary riding style is so you can choose the best bike.

There are some great trails around that are perfect for biking. One of my favorite areas to ride around is Antelope Island, with 20 miles of trails open across the island, there are many areas to explore.

Utah offers a lot of biking events across the state for people who are interested in meeting up with others who share the same passion as them.

Looking to support a great cause? Logan, along with Harmons, is having their annual MS fundraising cycling event in June 2014. For more information about registering to participate in this event, check out the National MS Society website.

What are some of you favorite summer activities in Utah?