Friday, May 9, 2014 / by William Culp
With spring here and summer on the not-so-distant horizon, more and more homeowners are stepping outside to tackle outdoor projects that have been ignored all winter. One popular project is revamping outdoor living spaces in preparation for the warmer months. Whether you're looking for a great space to entertain or just hang with the family on the weekends, below is some winning advice on creating unique outdoor living spaces.
Tailor to your needs. Think specifically about what you will be using the space for. Just because a grill and a picnic table are standbys for a barbecue area doesn't mean that's what you need to go with. Maybe your family has a longstanding Saturday night pizza tradition, and so a wood-fire oven would be a better fit. Have young kids? Consider placing a swing set or a hanging hammock chair near your lounge chairs to keep the little ones entertained while you relax nearby with a watchful eye.
Go bold. Statement pieces don't only belong indoors. A unique set of tables and chairs or weatherproof sofa and chaise can look great in your garden. Are you an art fan or birding enthusiast? Consider a statue or a series of colorful bird baths and feeders.
Upgrade your furniture. Outdoor furniture has developed far past the traditional plastic deck chairs. From wicker to wood and canvas, there are so many fun options that can really add character to your living space.
Porch party. Porches aren't just meant as a reprieve from inclement weather. Think of your front porch as a mini deck. Homeowners with front porches can take advantage of their space by adding a luxurious feel with a daybed, a quaint reading nook, a space for sipping coffee on Sundays, or even a narrow bar with stools for entertaining.
Outdoor oasis. Love gardening? Create a living space within your garden beds by hanging a hammock between two trees, adding a delicate tea table, or several oversized outdoor chairs for lounging. Adding a stone walkway or small patio can really up the garden atmosphere. Garden party, anyone?
Keep it simple. Just because your outdoor space is limited, it doesn't mean your options need to be. A pair of elegant outdoor chairs and a small card table can go a long way in improving the livability of your yard. Add a trellis so plants can grow upward and provide a bit of privacy, ideal for urban dwellers.
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