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Posted by Bo Lee on 9/6/2020

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With spring just around the corner, your thoughts may turn to enjoying the great outdoors. By making a few improvements, you can create your own restful, outdoor oasis even as you add value to your home.

Research has found that homeowners often gain the most value by improving backyards and investing in outdoor upgrades. Among enhancements you can make outside your four walls, kitchens and living rooms rank as the most popular — and they allow you to move your entertaining outside, where you can enjoy seasonal beauty.

What are some steps you can take to create an appealing outdoor living space?

Upgrade an Existing Patio

Before you begin creating your outdoor common area, consider your goals. Do you prefer a place to entertain or a serene, private retreat — or a combination of both? Your intended use of the space will guide you in choices for design, landscaping and furnishings.

Take a look at your patio or deck structure. Is it stable, sturdy and in good shape? Could it use a comprehensive refurbishment or at least a new coat of paint? 

You may want to take some measurements to ensure that everything you plan to include in your outdoor retreat will fit in the intended space. If you come up a little short, consider working with a contractor to expand or rework your existing patio. Alternatively, you may opt to build a completely new home base for your outdoor living space.

In addition, take a look at the areas surrounding your patio or deck. Are the walkways in good shape? Is there direct access from parking areas to the yard so that guests need not come through your house to join the party? Does the path for foot traffic keep people off your lawn? If you’d prefer a different traffic pattern, now is the time to make changes.

Add Some Personal Touches

Once you’ve created the basic footprint for your new outdoor living area, it’s time to start making the space your own with some personal touches. Start by considering comfortable seating options to accommodate your maximum number of guests.

Beyond seating, the sky is the limit when it comes to appointing your outdoor space. If you love to cook outside, consider adding a full kitchen setup with grilling station to your entertaining area. Enjoy the warmth of a cozy fire on chilly nights? Add a fireplace — complete with pizza oven. Meanwhile, landscaping details such as water features enhance the natural beauty of your outdoor area.

With a little creativity, you can create an outdoor living space that adds value and enjoyment to your home for many years to come.




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Posted by Bo Lee on 1/5/2020

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Outdoor living areas give you opportunities to spend more time outside during the year. Instead of a traditional patio or deck, consider adding an elaborate outdoor living room, kitchen and dining area. These are a just a few ideas to think about including in your high-end outdoor living area, so you’ll have a spacious and comfortable place to entertain guests outside or relax with your family. 

Outdoor Gourmet Kitchen

Your outdoor kitchen can go far beyond a simple gas grill. With the right setup and equipment, you can prepare full meals outside. Outdoor kitchens can have ovens, cooktops and side burners that allow you to make side dishes or desserts while you’re grilling your main entree. You can also invest in a double-sided grill that lets you grill meat and vegetables separately or use charcoal on one side and gas on the other side. Other outdoor kitchen features to consider include a wood-fired pizza oven, warming drawers to keep food heated, full refrigerator and freezer, sink and even a dishwasher for easy cleanup.

Outdoor Dining Room

An outdoor dining room for your luxury home offers an inviting place to savor meals with family and friends. Set up a rustic dining area with a reclaimed wood table and chairs, or arrange an elegant, classic outdoor dining area with a wrought-iron table and chairs. Your outdoor dining room can be uncovered and open, so you can enjoy plenty of sunshine or views of the night sky at evening meals. For a more secluded feel, you can add a roof to your outdoor dining area, and use drapes or curtains around it to create a cozy atmosphere. 

Outdoor Living Room

Having an outdoor living room provides you with a place to read, watch a movie or show or sit with others while enjoying fresh air. You can fill your outdoor living room with an upscale furniture set that’s designed for use outside. Your living room can also have a large stone or brick fireplace or hearth for a rustic look that keeps this area warm when it’s cooler out. Place a fireplace or hearth at one end of your outdoor living room with your TV over it, or have a fireplace or hearth installed in the middle of this area with built-in seating all around it.

If you’re using your outdoor living room for watching movies or TV, consider installing a state-of-the-art entertainment center that can be used outdoors. Depending on space and your personal preferences, you can even set up an outdoor movie theater area with plush seating, a popcorn machine and a high-end sound system.




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