Home Improvement Tips for the Outdoor Living Room

Posted On: 11-01-2016
By: Brent Glaze, Outdoor Living Consultant

The outdoor space is being used more and more as additional living space for your home. These days, people are remodeling their outdoor space as they remodel their indoor space. Being in the outdoor furniture business for several years, I have seen some magnificent spaces added to homes, especially, in some of the northern suburbs like McKinney, Frisco and Allen. People are considering all types of additions. It’s not just a pool or hot tub, more and more people are adding an outdoor kitchen along with space to relax around a fireplace, watch television or have cocktails around a fountain instalation. 

Covered spaces are the most sought additions for remodels, so the indoor entertaining can overflow into the outdoor spaces. With covered areas, more and more people are choosing deep seating areas with plush comfortable furniture. You can add outdoor rugs to pull spaces together and give pops of needed color for the space. If you have a covered area already, consider adding and outdoor ceiling fan. This can help circulate the air  and create a nice breeze to enjoy your space more. There are even fans now that come with sound systems where you can add your ipod with a remote, and instantly you have music that is piped outdoors. No need to bring that old CD player outdoor and hook it up.

The outdoor industry has come a long way the past few years. There are a lot of choices that consumers have these days. With sunbrella fabrics, people can have beautiful spaces with vibrant pops of color throughout because thesefabrics are sustainable to UV rays that would typically damage traditional indoor fabrics. You can start off small if a remodel is not in the near future for you budget. Pillows, rugs and firepits can be added to enhance your existing space. Outdoor torches and hurricane candles for intimate lighting.

The next time you have a party or just a few people over for drinks, bring the fun outside, or start indoors and shift the group outside after dinner for drinks or desert. Have tiki lights strung along your exterior, soft music playing and a small table set up with snacks and drinks to let your guest fill that they have escaped for a little retreat to end the evening. Treat this area as an extension of your indoors entertaining space. It can add instant square footage to your space as well as a inviting area to just relax and take in the cool breeze of the nights air

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