The Top 12 Summer Home Improvement Projects
That Will Make Your House Shine

Home maintenance ideas to give your house some serious TLC this summer.

Summer means cooking out, swimming and lots of fun in the sun. The beautiful weather also means it’s the optimal time to tackle some fun home projects. With a little work this summer, you’ll be enjoying the benefits all year long.

1. Pressure Wash
2. Restain Deck and Fence
3. Replace Siding
4. Make Your Lawn Pristine
5. Install a Ceiling Fan
6. Drain Your Water Heater
7. Remodel Your Kitchen
8. Build an Outdoor Kitchen
9. Schedule Inspections
10. Correct Cracked Concrete


7 Ways To Update Your Kitchen On A Budget

The kitchen is the heart of the home – the room most used and where loved ones come together. Where you can be inspired to cook healthy meals. And where functional design can make a big difference in your quality of day-day life – and the value of your home.

But you don’t have to spend a bucketload of cash on renovating your kitchen – especially if the one you have is perfectly acceptable but simply dated or cramped.

You just need to get strategic and creative about making it both functional and inspirational. Here’s how:

1. Update Your lighting
2. Visually open up space.
3. Add a backsplash.
4. Change out your hardware.
5. Update your island or peninsula.
6. Add a touch of elegance and interest
7. Paint your cabinets.READ MORE

9 Easy Bathroom Updates DIYers Can Complete In A Day

Bathroom Update vs. Remodel

A bathroom update is a quick and affordable set of DIY projects that enhance your bathroom’s existing features. An update includes projects like painting, changing fixtures and hardware, and hanging a new shower curtain. Bathroom updates are perfect for homeowners who want to keep the existing layout and functionality of their bathroom.

bathroom remodel might have a larger budget and longer timeline. The scope may include projects that take several days or weeks to complete. Professionals are often required to safely finish remodeling projects according to local building codes. This may include:

  • Refinishing or replacing the shower or tub
  • Adding a standalone bathtub
  • Installing seamless glass paneling
  • Adding an extra sink or showerhead
  • Installing new ventilation systems
  • Relocating plumbing or electrical features
  • Tiling the shower, walls and backsplash


Ralene Nelson, REALTOR®

JUST LISTED – 829 Waterwood Dr, Rio Vista, 2bds/3.5bths/2,486sf

Asking $665,000 – Located on the 11th fairway, don’t miss out on this rare Rejuvenate Entertainment model with loft, full bath & closet, only 4 built in the Trilogy. This 2 full bedrooms has the loft that can make 3 bedrooms and den can be enclosed to make a 4th bedroom. 2nd bedroom has ensuite bathroom, great for parents that are living with you. The loft makes a great playroom for the grandchildren or man cave/crafts. Kitchen was upgraded with gas cooktop, granite counters & dark cabinets. Tile entrance, laminate flooring with carpet in bedrooms. Homeowner has upgraded entry with all weather cover & to the patio. Master bedroom has security screens added to the windows that are subject to golf balls. Retaining wall with French drain in backyard enhances the drainage system/landscaping. Low maintenance landscaping with drip system assists with water conservation & electric car charge port/plug in garage. Enjoy the numerous amenities, such as tennis, bocce ball, billiards, indoor/outdoor pools & spas. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 13 Amador Cir, Rio Vista

PRICE CHANGE $699,900 – Your beautiful dream home is on the market!! This remodeled home has a newer kitchen & baths, saltwater pool, spa, and gorgeous bbq kitchen with bar/firepit, refrigerator, ice maker & more. RV parking for 2, so your ski boat & RV will fit in the RV garage. The garage is equipped with sewer connection & electricity. Sliding doors open up to the pool area. Home is 3 bedroom, can be 4, & 2.5 baths. The master sitting area was the 4th bedroom, so can be closed off. The Master bath has double sinks, a walk-in shower, and a bidet & master bedroom have a large deck with views of the N hills. A spiral staircase off deck takes you to the pool area. The family room has an entertainment bar w/refrigerator & sink. Step out to the backyard to a swimming pool with solar heating, BBQ kitchen with all the amenities, an outdoor shower w/tankless water heater, and a stage for a band. No rear neighbors. The home also has a double-car garage as well, with indoor laundry. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 30 S 2nd St. Rio Vista, Residence and Commercial Building

Asking $699,500 – Are you looking for a home and in need of a business space? Or perhaps a home with a possibility of in-law quarters? This home might meet those requirements. Victorian style home with partial wrap-around porch provides a cozy place for morning coffee or afternoon beverage. 2 bedrooms up with 1.5 baths on the main floor. The possible room upstairs to add at a minimum 1/2 bath. Laminate flooring on the main floor with carpeted stairway & in bedrooms. HVAC & tankless water heater with inside laundry. 2nd building has been used as a commercial, however, could be added onto & remodeled to be ADU/2nd unit. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 303 Center St, Rio Vista, 4 bed 1.5 bath 1,775sqft

Asking – $380,000. Are you looking for a project, look no further. This 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home is a perfect match for that project. Spacious with 1776 sq feet, needs some TLC, can be lovely home. Flooring is mixed, laminate, wood and carpet in bedrooms. This home does not have cental heat/air, but has wall air unit & gas unit. No garage, has large side yard for play or entertaining area. READ MORE

JUST SOLD – 670 Rubier Way, Rio Vista

This popular 2 story home in Rio Vista’s family development, Homecoming, is a move in ready home. Exterior & interior have new paint including all cabinets (kitchen & baths) & railings/staircase. Laminate flooring in living/dining & family rooms with a tiled kitchen. Fireplace in family room makes a cozy room in the cooler months. Carpet upstairs, with laminate in master bedroom. Master bedroom has his/her closets, double sinks in bath & cabinets are painted. Hall bath also has painted cabinet. Front bedroom is utilized as their classroom, it is a nice size bedroom with walk-in closet. No rear neighbors makes the backyard very private for BBQ’s. Home is equipped with car charger for your electric car! Just bring your furniture. READ MORE

Events in Northern California this Week-End

Summer Fair – Home & Garden Experience

Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo
Sat, Jun 18, 12 – 8 PM

We are so excited to experience the Solano County Summer Fair of 2022!

Join us and over 125 makers, artists, entertainers, special guests, musicians, an immersive home & garden experience and all the fun of the fair we love and remember!

This year the fair theme is “Hay Bales of Fun!”



For additional fair information and parking recommendations contact Solano County Fairgrounds Association at


– Home and Garden Experience inside of Expo Hall

– Shop and support handmade, unique makers and homemade products and services in our “Custom Creatives Market” small business showcase on the main concourse

– Photo opportunities with farm animals and more!

Are you a vendor and/or home based business? Have a product or service you would like to promote or feature in our Home & Garden experience?


Alameda County Fair

Alameda County Fairgrounds, Jun 17 – Jul 11
4501 Pleasanton Ave, Pleasanton

The Alameda County Fair is an annual event that offers a wide range of family oriented activities, such as agricultural, livestock and horse shows, home and fine arts competitions, midway rides and games, food vendors, major live music concerts, family entertainment and much more. MORE INFO

Sacramento Taco & Margarita Festival
Heart Health Park, 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento,CA

SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2022 AT 11 AM – 6 PM

Start summer off right by spending a day eating tacos and drinking margaritas with your friends! TACO & MARGARITA FEST is coming to Sacramento on Saturday, June 25th at Heart Health Park. There will be live music, pro wrestling, food trucks, restaurant pop-ups and a custom margarita menu! Children under 12 get in for free – it’s fun for the whole family! MORE INFO

Summer Makers Market

SAT. 10 AM – 6 PM

Tuolumne Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 18375 Fir Ave, Tuolumne, CA

*Be an artist all day at our Makers Market!
*Performers ALL DAY!
*Bounce house/Waterslide
*15+ HANDS ON activities and artist demos
*FUN FREE games
*And more to be announced! 

Give the entire family an experience to remember! From tie dye to paintings to customized bracelets to creative foods, henna decorating and more!
Handmade items will also be available for purchase from our incredible vendors! READ MORE


June Kids Club: Out of This World!
Sun Jun 19, 2022
The Veranda 2001-2003 Diamond Blvd, Concord, CA

You are invited to an out of this world party! Attendees will be delighted by space and science fun, food, games and crafts. Following the event, guests can stay for a special screening of a movie to be announced soon, at Veranda LUXE. Event festivities begin at 10am at the Fountain Pavilion Park and the movie begins promptly at 11:30am. Please bring a blanket for the family to gather on our brand new park lawn!

Check in for this event will be at the entrance to the park lawn, near the Play Area, now sponsored by Crumbl! The first 100 children will receive a fun goody bag filled with themed giveaways and activities.

TICKETING CHANGE: Please note we now offer two different ticket types. Please be cognizant of which ticket type you are selecting. Tickets that include the movie screening must be purchased for ALL attendees, not just children, due to theater capacity. Tickets for event activities only, may be purchased per child (Adults and children under 2 are free).

We will, as always, be collecting onsite food donations for Monument Crisis Center, so don’t forget to bring a jar of peanut butter to donate at check-in.

Proceeds go to Monument Crisis Center, providing relief to our local community.

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