As those sunny days roll in and we enjoy longer evenings, we enjoy spending more time outside. It’s natural to think of what you can do to make the most of the garden or yard at home.
Having space to entertain in your garden is a game changer. It means that you can invite others around, and host day and night occasions for family.
For some, there’s limited space, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t make the most of it. Whether that’s an easily assembled shed to store tools and keep the rain off, or a simple patio, it’s valuable.
It’s not just valuable in terms of extra space either. It can actually add a few dollars to the value of your home.
People view well curated outdoor space as extra square footage on a home. Even maintaining your garden can add around $3,000 to the value of your home.
However, if you’re staying put, it can be good to utilize the space outdoors. You might just use it to store toys or furniture, but it can look good too.
So, if summer has you considering revamping your outdoor space, what are the options?
Create an indoor/outdoor plant path
If you only have a small outdoor space, such as a balcony, there’s a way to make it look bigger. Simply:
- Get some colored pots
- Place some large-leafed plants near the door inside,
- Connect with other plants in similar pots
This gives the seamless illusion that the garden is one, and a tropical feeling to your home.
Add a covered structure
Need to extend your living area through all seasons? How about adding a sturdy outbuilding such as a Quonset Hut?
This can be a workshop, an extra office or even a weather-proof entertaining space that lasts into winter. Make it cozy with a patterned rug and some cozy blankets and you’ll want to spend all your time there.
Alternatively, you can use it as a shed, where bicycles and garden tools won’t be exposed to the elements.
You can truly add some ambiance with carefully selected lighting for outdoors. It adds a festival or romantic feeling, and there’s so much to choose from:
- Fairy lights
- Bamboo tiki torches
- Lawn lanterns
- Wall steel fixtures (low-key)
- LED candle lights
- Solar pathway lighting
There are so many options, and all of these elevate your outdoor space and make it more appealing.
Install a fire pit
If you have the space, then a much-coveted outdoor item is a fire pit. This singular item can add plenty of value to your home when you’re selling it too, so it’s worth the investment.
When it’s too hot for flames, it can double as a coffee table. A fire pit is a great draw – not just aesthetically, but it really adds to the vibe of your home.
It also lengthens the amount of time you get use out of your outdoor space. They provide a surprising amount of heat, so you may find yourself toasting marshmallows in November.
Choose the right furniture
Many people don’t put a lot of thought into their outdoor furniture, but this is a mistake. A few carefully chosen pieces can change the whole mood.
Make sure you invest in furniture that can withstand inclement weather (or have somewhere to store it). If space is an issue, choose one statement piece, such as an ornate bench, or a loveseat.
Then you can add smaller pieces around this and create a little haven for yourself.
Revamping your outdoor living space has multiple benefits. You get to enjoy the space and add to your living quarters, and you add value to your home.
What’s wonderful is that you can combine all these ideas to really take your outdoor space to the next level. Or, simply choose one and you’ll still have the perfect outdoor space.