Tips for Extending Your Living Space Outside
Are you looking for more space to entertain? Would you like to make more use of the outside space you have but are stumped on where to start? Whether you have a large or small deck, a patio or terrace, follow these tips form the professionals and you’ll be enjoying your outdoor space in no time!
First consider the access to your outdoor space. Exiting the kitchen or den directly to a deck is ideal. While some older homes may have side doors with pathways leading to the outdoor space, this can easily be incorporated into a well flowing design. Depending on the size of your space and budget, decide if you want to create a dining area or sitting area or both. Outdoor fire pits have become increasingly popular for evening entertaining. Save some money with Groupon and stock up on warm jackets for the entire family from Underarmour and everyone will enjoy the cool temperatures much more.
Invest in comfortable seating. Chair and décor can be improvised, but you want to be comfortable while dining and relaxing. Next, consider outdoor lighting. This can be a combination of string lights, porch lights and candles. When the temperatures are warmer, consider citronella to ward off those pesky insects and mosquitoes. Invest in several large planters and fill with seasonal flowers. These are easier to maintain and have a much more dramatic impact than a collection of smaller containers.
Finally, designate an area for a grill and outdoor prep space. Most items can be prepared in advance in the kitchen and brought outside for grilling. Ice chests, cushions and sound systems can all lend to the ambiance created outside. Consider coordinating bright colors for a more festive appeal. Enjoy your new space!