Easy ways to add outdoor living spaces to your home

March 12, 2021 — Since the advent of the coronavirus pandemic, we have all had to get creative when figuring out how to spend time with friends and family safely. As a result, many of us have become reliant on outdoor spaces. While we don’t know just how long this virus will continue to impact our interactions, outdoor living spaces are increasingly becoming a staple of gathering and entertainment. Here are six ways that you can spice up your yard, or driveway, to create comfortable entertainment spaces:

Fire Pit – Having a fire pit is a great way to create a natural focal point in any outdoor space. Since the dawn of time, people have loved to gather around the fire, and they still do! Fire pits are a source of light, heat (super important for the wintertime!), and entertainment for (almost) all ages. They are available in a wide range of materials, looks, and price points. Plus, they can help you sell your home! According to a survey by Houzz, fire pits are among the three most popular backyard additions. Also…HELLO, ‘smores?!

Comfortable Outdoor Furniture: Good outdoor furniture brings comfort and function to your deck, patio, or yard and allows you to bring many indoor activities outdoors. For example, adding a weatherproof dining table and chairs can bring your dining room or desk outside and allow for many activities. Comfortable lounge chairs, rocking chairs, Adirondack chairs, etc., allow you to spend however long you want to outside without discomfort. Like fire pits, outdoor furniture comes in a variety of materials, styles, and price points.

Hot Tub: Hot tubs are fun, relaxing, and warm, making them a perfect activity for any season! While they do take a fair amount of maintenance, they allow for a soothing escape from everyday love all year round. Hot tubs are available for a range of prices.

Space Heaters – Outdoor space heaters are essential for enjoying time outside during the colder months. They provide a surprising amount of heat, and some have wheels for easy mobility.

Patio Cover/Overhang/Umbrella – During the summer months, the sun can be a very limiting factor for outdoor gatherings. By adding features like a patio cover, you create shade. Additionally, a good, weather-proof patio cover will allow you to stay outside longer, even in the rain.

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New/Screened-in Patio or Deck – A well-maintained patio or deck will allow you to comfortably enjoy your outdoor space while also making your house more attractive and marketable in the future. Additionally, adding a screened-in element to this area provides a plethora of benefits. It stays cooler during the summer, keeps bugs out, and creates a generally comfortable outdoor space. Moreover, it is a great investment for adding value to your home; on average, you can expect an 84% return on investment for screening-in your deck or patio, according to Archadeck Outdoor Living.