There is more to our homes than their indoor rooms and nothing emphasizes that more than spring’s arrival. As the season progresses, we increasingly find ourselves outside and quickly realize that is where we want to spend more time as the temperatures rise.
We also realize that we want the outside of our homes both beautiful and functional. This often means a bit of remodeling to achieve our ideal outdoors.
Decks, fences and gazebos
Decks can be big or small; single level or multi-level. They may be elevated or ground level, freestanding or right off the house. They can be the border of your pool. Your deck can also be made from a number of woods from pressure treated to composite.
A fence can also add to your home by providing a combination of privacy and panache. They come in a number of styles and a variety of materials including iron, aluminum, vinyl and wood.
You may also want to have a gazebo as the centerpiece of your yard. See our article this month on gazebos for ideas and what they can bring to your home.
When thinking about gardens, don’t restrict yourself to flowers. They are the heart of most gardens, but remember you can add style and flair with trellises and arbors.
Your yard needn’t have just one garden either. If you think of your yard as a space with a variety of enhanced areas, you might put in several smaller gardens, each with it’s own personality.
And don’t forget what a well-placed birdbath can do or the calming touch of a pond or water fountain.
A place to play
Your outdoor space isn’t restricted to simple sitting and enjoying the day. It’s also a place for play. Don’t neglect the kids – including the adult ones – when designing your outdoors.
Consider swings and playsets to give the young ones a place to play and enjoy their childhood. You may also consider a pool for the family.
And when thinking outdoor enjoyment, keep in mind you can also put in a hot tub or sauna.
There is so much you can do to enjoy your outdoors it’s hard to know where to start. You may even want to consider bringing the outside inside. As we mention in our article about revitalizing your bedroom, you can consider adding patio doors, including French doors (and not just for the bedroom).
The addition of a sunroom can truly bring the “outside inside” and give you the best of both worlds.
Let your imagination run wild! It’s quite likely you’ll come up with even more ideas for how to welcome the season with style and function for your outdoor life!