Does your outdoor living space need an update? Some cost-effective upgrades could give even the most modest of outdoor spaces an edge as well as provide a substantial payback if and when you decide to sell your house in the future. Consider the following ideas:
1. Let the Inside Out
Consider extending your indoor living space onto your deck so you could easily accommodate more people during bigger and rowdier gatherings. Utilise fixtures and furnishings for creating distinct areas for lounging, dining, and perhaps grilling.
2. Wire It Up for Sounds
Any outdoor living space could be instantly upgraded with a weather resistant sound system. Make sure to install it out of foot traffic so that it doesn’t get in the way, especially if you have kids.
3. How About some Additions?
If you’ve already got a deck but need more outdoor living space, why not add an attached wooden gazebo? This could serve as a more intimate lounging space when decked out with mood lighting, cosy seating, and maybe some lightweight curtains for some privacy while you’re at it.
4. Decked Out in Practical Style
Prior to buying outdoor furniture, ensure that you consider the many different options available to you—from hardy cedar wood to steel, aluminium and even upcycled plastics. Consider a fire pit and cushy outdoor rugs or mats as well.
5. Turn the Lights Down Low
Low voltage LEDs or solar post-top lights could easily create a relaxing mood in any outdoor space. If your outdoor living space has stairs, you could also install tiny lights on every step to help illuminate them during the night. While these alternative lighting options are more costly upfront than you typical incandescent bulbs, you’ll be saving more money in the long run by utilising about 90% less energy.
6. What About a Water Feature?
If you don’t have the budget for a hot tub, fountain, or swimming pool, or simply don’t want to care about maintenance, opt for simple water features such as rock column fountains. These are fairly easy to install and very safe for little kids since you won’t have to worry about standing water.
See, you don’t need to spend a ton of money to breathe new life to your tired-looking outdoor living spaces. All it takes is some creativity, some money, and a little ingenuity to transform your outdoor spaces.