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.
2. Make it Accessible
It shouldn't be a chore to get to your outdoor space. If it is, you simply won't use it very often. French doors or sliders that open up to your patio are ideal. Also, if you can extend the flooring from a portion of your indoor space to your patio, it will add to the look and function of your home.
3. Incorporate Design & Colors
When you design your patio, this is your opportunity to make something completely unique. Perhaps your favorite color is something bold and bright that wouldn't work in your home's living room or kitchen. It can certainly find a place in the design of your one-of-a-kind patio. You can build an outdoor kitchen, create unique pathways through your yard, and accent your patio with your favorite outdoor artwork.
4. Invite Nature
Since you are outdoors, use what nature has to offer to accent your space. Surround your porch with lush and colorful plants or potted shrubs. Place your porch next to some existing trees to take advantage of the extra shade. If you don't have natural shade, give yourself protection from the elements with canopies, awnings, or a pergola. If bugs are an issue where you live, install some netting or even fully screen your porch for the ultimate protection.
5. Go High Tech
Believe it or not, a common reason for not going outside is because there's no internet access or television. While this isn't a good excuse to stay cooped up indoors, it's a common one. Eliminate the excuses by making your outdoor space tech-friendly. Installing a television is a personal choice, but wifi access is a must. You might also consider an inflatable big screen for game days and outdoor family movie nights.
Now that the warmer weather has arrived take advantage of everything that your home's outdoor space has to offer. The benefits of outdoor living are many, and spending time outside with family and friends is a joy not to be missed.
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