Forget about just mowing the lawn and trimming the hedges. People live in their yards too!
Kids play games
BBQs with neighbors are enjoyed
Parties are thrown
Mom and Dad relax together
When looking for a new home, many put a livable outdoor space at the top of their wish list.
There must be space to BE.
Here are some outdoor living space ideas that go beyond just building a deck.
an outdoor structure consisting of columns that support a roofing grid of beams and rafters.
These can be attached to a home or free standing. Typically, they have an open roof allowing the sun to shine in through a slatted top.
It is a space to be.
There are many clever and interesting design ideas for pergolas.
a structure with four or more columns and a covered roof.
Gazebos seem a little fancier than pergolas. They can be simple as well. The main difference is the covered roof vs. the pergola's open roof.
They are great for wetter climates or for a more private space.
Fire pits- stone, metal, wood-burning or gas-burning
A great way to set the ambiance in an outdoor space and you can't beat the power of a crackling fire to make people gather around.
In places where fires would not typically be allowed, often gas-burning fire pits are an exception. Check on your local ordinances.
Stone patios can go almost anywhere. With the price of wood gone up into orbit this can be a cost effective alternative.
It can be done DIY for much less, although it is a considerable amount work.
There are endless design possibilities and styles to play with.
Last but not least, at least not dollar-wise (these can get pretty spendy), we have the outdoor kitchen.
It'sa BBQ lover's dream. Including counters and often a sink or even a mini-fridge, they can be as simple or complex as you can dream up.
Not just fun but entirely practical. Under a covered roof, you're guaranteed year round enjoyment.
You bet. Creating a livable outdoor space can raise a home's total value by 14%-20%. That's a chunk of change for swapping out that old lawn space.
Gardens aren't just for looking, they can also be for living!