As we’ve been forced to spend more time at home many of us have been exploring ways to improve our homes’ livability. Investing in Outdoor Living Spaces will expand your homes appeal and usable space.
Here are 7 Outdoor Living Space Ideas a real estate expert recommends will add value to your home and increase your happiness.
#1: Outdoor Lighting
Set a cozy mood to your outdoor living space with warm lighting. Outdoor string lights are a low cost addition that can be hung over your covered patio or among the trees. With a variety of string light options the most inviting are softer glow big bulbs. Install with a light timer or smart plug and they will automatically turn on and off.
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Installing a deck can be an expensive project but instantly adds value to your home. Decks warm up and define your outdoor living space. Add outdoor furniture, potted plants and lighting to compliment the space. With wood prices recently surging the cost of low maintenance composite decking is nearly equal. Composite is a smart decking choice in wet climates like Portland and the Pacific Northwest.
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#3: Outdoor Kitchen
A outdoor kitchen adds a wow factor to your outdoor living space. Design the space to compliment your indoor kitchen. A built-in barbecue or pizza oven takes the heat and smoke outside. Add a sink to the countertop space to easily clean up and an under counter refrigerator to store cold beverages. Like having guests over? An outdoor kitchen will be the center piece of your outdoor living space.
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#4: Pergola or Gazebo
Adding a covered pergola or gazebo defines your outdoor living space. Stay comfortable in the shade when relaxing in your back yard. Covering your outdoor living spaces keeps you out of the sun and protects your outdoor furniture from the elements. Hang a swing and lighting from the support structure to elevate the area.
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#5: Water Feature
Nothing is as peaceful as a river’s babble or waves gently lapping the shore. Bring the tranquil sounds of running water to your outdoor living space with a water feature. This includes landscaped streams, constructed waterfalls and freestanding fountains. All will require electricity and regular maintenance. Fountains can be a lower cost accent to your living space or spend big to have a built-in waterfall be your outdoor showpiece.
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#6: Fire Pit
Outdoor entertaining isn’t complete without a fire pit. Decide between wood burning or gas options. Incorporate the fire pit into your outdoor space with built-in stone or purchase free-standing options in metal or cast concrete. Be mindful of the placement away from trees, tinder and your house. Sit back and stare into the flames with good company.
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#7: Tree House
An often overlooked outdoor living space idea is the beloved tree house. Give your kids additional room outside to play. Keep it simple and small or go all out and build an entire boat fort. Install ladders, swings and ropes. Let your creativity loose. Your back yard will be a favorite of the neighborhood kids. When selling your home a well maintained tree house can be a big attraction for families with children.
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