Houses with outdoor areas have increased value; however, many homeowners underutilize their decks, patios, and lawns. If you aren’t sure what to do with your exterior space, here are five ideas to give you inspiration.
1. Retractable Awning
Everyone loves having fun in the sun, but a little shade is swell as well! A cable suspended awning will give you the best of both worlds. These awnings come in a variety of materials and styles, and many are retractable. Installation is easy and available for decks, patios, pergolas, trellises, and more.
2. Potted Plants
Plants are a wonderful addition to any outdoor space. Flowers offer a variety of pleasant sensorial stimuli, including beautiful colors and delightful scents. Offer nectar-rich and seed-shedding plants to attract birds, butterflies, and bumblebees to your yard.
3. Sitting Area
Invest in some quality deck furniture. Wooden or wicker furniture gives off a rustic charm. For a modern approach, try metal furniture with easily removable cushions. Don’t forget the coffee table – you need somewhere to put your iced tea as you leisurely leaf through your current novel.
4. Fire Pit
Who doesn’t love freshly roasted marshmallows? A metal fire pit will make a simple yet unique addition to your patio. Your family and friends will love gathering around a cozy hearth during breezy summer evenings. Make sure to follow fire safety precautions. Never place a fire pit on a wooden surface.
5. Lawn Games
Classic lawn games are lots of fun! Bond with your family over a game of bocce ball. Host a garden party and let the croquet champion eat the last cupcake. When you are done with your festivities, store your frisbees, lawn darts, and cornhole sacks in a weatherproof cabinet so you are ready to enjoy them the next time you are outside with your loved ones.
The exterior of your home is just as important as its interior. You should enjoy it to its fullest potential. Keep these tips in mind as you create the outdoor oasis of your dreams.