Deck Out Your Outdoors
Americans everywhere are spending more time at home. Because of this, they are
looking for creative ways to expand their current space by investing in "outdoor living rooms." Creating
outdoor living areas can be a cost-effective way to enhance both the beauty and functionality of your yard and
home, make more livable space and increase the value of your home. Try the following simple tips to revamp and
grow your living space:
Create different rooms
We are used to having our homes divided into rooms, but rarely take this approach to our outdoor spaces. But
dividing up your yard can actually help to maximize your enjoyment of it. Look at the available space and designate
one area for play, one for dining and socializing, and another for relaxing. Then decorate accordingly!
Focus on quality
When embarking on any renovation project, make selections that will maintain and perform in the long-term.
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Set the mood with color
Just as you would with an indoor room, you can use color to decorate outdoors. In fact, applying color theory
when selecting plants and flower arrangements can influence the mood and personality of a space. For example, while
earth tones are appropriate for a relaxation corner, bright colors like pink and red are ideal in areas used for
play. If you're building a patio or deck, select a base color that matches your home, but allows for flexibility in
Get the most for your money
You want to enjoy your home, but you also want to see it increase in value over time. So when it comes to making
big decisions, such as the addition of a deck research the dollar value it will bring. For example,
installing a deck provides the second highest return on investment for homeowners-over 90 percent on average after
the first year of installation.
Use your space!
Why limit the time you spend outdoors to the summertime? Even in colder climates, accessories are available that
can extend the use of your outdoor space to other times of year. Electric heaters, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits
are accessories that will keep you warm through late fall and into early spring.