Summer home improvements


Reporter - Robert Bradfield
Photojournalist - David Dycus
Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

PADUCAH, Ky. - Spring cleaning can go beyond reorganizing your closet or garage.  How about adding a deck to the backyard or re-doing a bathroom?

Chances are, the project you're looking to tackle could be done, not by professionals, but by you.  It could save you a lot of money.

Walking into any home improvement store can be overwhelming, but Lowe's store manager Matthew McDuffee says it doesn't have to be that way.

"We are here to help the community and help you invest in your home and not stop improving it," McDuffee said.

McDuffee works at Paducah's southside store.

"People are wanting to improve their home, and they are always wanting to work on their home because it is an investment to them."

Right now, building decks are a major must-have for many of his customers.  McDuffee says it's a very hands-on project that the entire family can do.

"They are trying to do those type of things to where, later on in the spring, they can enjoy that outdoor living," McDuffee said.

Another popular do-it-yourself project:  sprucing up the bathroom.  Anything from a new faucet to a toilet can work wonders.

"They come back in and you can see the smiles on their faces, because they actually completed the projects with their hands."

The Lowes' gardening section is full of people looking to replant or re-sod.  McDuffee says plants are cheap and can add a lot of color.  also, fertilizer is selling quickly.

"There's a lot of people that have been coming in here recently; that are looking to increase their outdoor and curb appeal on their home," McDuffee said.

He says spending as little as $50 can go a long way.

Try switching out light fixtures or fans.  McDuffee says if you're unsure of what to do, just ask.

Lowes and other home improvement stores offer online courses or in-store pamphlets.  They also offer some free estimates or installations, depending on the project.