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Friday, June 27, 2014

Create Your Ideal Outdoor Living Space

By Brittany Worrell Boyce, Homes.com

Now that the unofficial kickoff to summertime is here, it’s time to get your outdoor space ready so you can enjoy the warm weather! From easy projects like dusting off your patio furniture to more challenging feats like building a new deck, there is always something you can do to improve your outdoor living experience. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Prep Your Outdoor Furniture. If you’re bringing out your existing furnishings for another season, be sure to clean all the pieces thoroughly. Also, consider buying new cushions and pillows to refresh your decor and gain a new look without breaking the bank. If it’s time to buy a new furnishings, think about the layout and look that you’re trying to achieve before shopping around for that perfect patio set.

Put Your Gardening Skills to the Test. When it comes to gardening, you don’t have to overdo it. Anything from a few potted plants to a container garden to an elaborate flower bed will beautify your outdoor space! Be sure that you read the labels and instructions when you choose your plants to ensure that they will get adequate sunlight where you intend to plant them. Flowers are always a great choice, but vegetable and herb plants are eye-catching, too, and they’ll provide fresh produce for you to use all summer long!

Build a Deck or Patio. If your current outdoor space is a little on the plain side, consider constructing a nice patio or building a deck - both of which will provide long-lasting enjoyment! A patio may be a little quicker to create, as you can purchase brick pavers to easily DIY the project. Building a deck might be a little more time-intensive, but the end result is well worth the hard work! Whichever option you prefer, you’re sure to reap the benefits of having a nice space to relax on a warm summer day.

Add Some Ambiance. Summer nights are perfect for enjoying your outdoor space, so place some candles, string lighting or lanterns around to liven up the area with warm, soft light. Use citronella candles to do double-duty, as the scent wards off mosquitoes and other pesky insects. Solar-powered lights or lanterns are a cost-effective way to light up your space, and the best part is, you’ll never have to remember to turn them on or off!

Gather Around the Fire Pit. Whether you purchase a fire pit or DIY your own, bringing your family together around the warm fire to chat and make s’mores is a quintessential summer activity. If this is one backyard item that you’re missing, it’s very easy to build your own fire pit and begin enjoying it this season!

Hopefully you’ve been inspired to spruce up your outdoor space for summer with these tips. After all, there’s no better time than now to get outside and begin enjoying the warm, sunny weather! For more ideas on how to maximize your outdoor living spaces, visit the Homes.com Idea Gallery today.


  1. Great ideas. Especially ambiance, a great reminder to add the finishing touches to create the cozy atmosphere after all the other hard work is done of deck building and patio renovation.

  2. Excellent comments about patio furniture, especially thinking about the size of your patio space and having your homework done before going to the furniture store, if needed.

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  4. We just bought a home. My wife and I will definitely be going through a most serious home improvement project. But, I see that it has promise. I'm actually considering building a patio in the backyard, just like you suggested. Do you have any types of patios that you prefer more than others? http://www.rmmaterials.com/borgert.htm

  5. Thanks for your post. I’ve been thinking about writing a very comparable post over the last couple of weeks, I’ll probably keep it short and sweet and link to this instead if thats cool. Thanks.

    1. Jennath, glad you found this helpful. Link away!

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