Tiny Change – Big Impact – Yard Love!

Tiny Change – Big Impact: Yard Love!

Oh, your poor, sad patio. Not a comfy seat to be had, and that cracked concrete … well, it probably looked really great when disco was king. If a lackluster patio is keeping you from enjoying your outdoor space, it’s time to change things up.

Whether you love to entertain friends or bask in the sun with a cocktail and a novel, here are five easy ways to inject new life into your very own corner of nature.

Outdoor Living Spaces that Rock!

Outdoor Living Spaces that Rock!

Even though landscape and patio space is often overlooked, outdoor renovations and redesigns frequently pack the biggest punch. Your outdoor space is your first chance to inspire and make an impression on neighbors and guests, so sprucing it up can give your blah house a much-needed boost. Because such dramatic changes can cost a pretty penny, it’s important to carefully consider your options before delving in. Set your budget ahead of time, and work carefully with your designer to make sure you stick to it. Research materials and landscaping techniques that are appropriate for your location and style, and don’t forget about all the components: landscape, patio or porch and pool. Now, check out these ideas and get outside!

2014 = Outdoor Living Spaces = Added Value!

Outdoor Living Areas = Added Value!

Did you know that decks are so in demand that Remodeling Magazine states that for their 2014 cost vs. value study adding a wooden deck (average cost $9,539) will recoup 87.4% of the cost when it comes time to sell? Read more here.

Your backyard is an extension of your home, so why not incorporate this versatile area by designing beautiful outdoor living spaces that will provide a tranquil escape for you and your family and greatly increase the value of your home. The yard is often times the most beautiful area of the home and also the most overlooked. Simple outdoor decorating will help incorporate outside activities into your family’s daily life by creating a cool space away from the television. These living areas can also include lavish amenities such as outdoor kitchens, fireplaces and covered patios to protect you from the hot sun or rain shower. Inexpensive outdoor solar garden lights can even provide soft illumination to your outside living area for evening entertaining. If you want to bring beauty to your outdoor spaces, but are unsure how to design your new sanctuary, click here for ideas for living spaces outside that can transform any drab and desolate yard into a beautiful and functional entertaining backyard living area for any lifestyle.