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Extend Your Living Space!

April 18th, 2023 by tisner

It is time for favorite summer pastimes: grilling, dining al fresco, or relaxing in a hammock, and many homeowners realize they would better enjoy them if they had a patio or deck. Outdoor spaces can be an extension of our indoor living space, so if you are considering adding either a deck or patio, here are a few tips to get your ideas rolling:

  • For outdoor spaces with level ground, constructing a patio from brick, pavers, stone or poured concrete is usually more cost-effective than building a deck. 
  • Soften the hard surface and add privacy by adding landscaping. Plant a perimeter of shrubs or tall grasses or add plants of varying heights in containers–even trees! 
  • Because of the availability in many colors and styles, making a final decision on patio surfacing can be overwhelming.  Landscaping Network has done the homework for you, making it easier to choose your materials. 
  • Backyards with in-ground pools are better suited for a patio for ease of use and maintaining the pool. Another bonus is that there is less grass to mow! 
  • Create a path from the front approach of your home to your backyard courtyard if there is enough room on the side of your home. This will help keep a lot of extra traffic out of the house. 
  • Because they can be built on virtually any surface, including slopes and rocky ground, decks are the most popular outdoor space addition. 
  • Determine what size you will need as well as other aspects of the deck by how you want to use the space: grilling and/or dining, simple entertaining, or maybe a private space for a hot tub.  
  • If you have the know-how, by all means, DIY a new deck. This Old House offers a thorough guide to building a deck, from materials to designs. 
  • Two advantages to building a deck: increasing your home’s value, and cooler entertaining. Add screening and a roof for an all-weather space to protect you from the elements and insects. 
  • If your local building codes require railings for the new addition, do it in style! Check out these deck railing ideas. 

Once your new outdoor “room” is complete, do not waste the time and expense it took to create it by not utilizing it! Add seating, shade, grill, or firepit, and enjoy summer evenings with family and friends or a good book. An investment in outdoor improvements can be an investment in your well-being! 

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