The winter weather is finally fading, and it's time to get back outside with the official arrival of spring. If you've already created your outdoor oasis at home, you're ahead of the curve. If not, it might be time to make some changes.
According to the "What Buyer's Really Want" survey from the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), more than 80% of homebuyers report that patios and front porches are either "desirable" or "essential." Here are five tips to maximize your outdoor space so that you and your family will use it as much as possible in the coming warm weather months.
1. Make it Comfortable
Your outdoor area should be the epitome of comfort. The best and most-used patio is often one that is an extension of your indoor space. Invest in comfortable outdoor couches and chairs that are completely weatherproof. Also, put down outdoor rugs that make walking around barefoot an option. Depending on your location, consider an outdoor fireplace and some fans for climate control.