It is so nice to get home after a long day, knowing that you can kick back and relax. So why limit yourself to just the interior of your home? Creating an outdoor oasis can give you an opportunity to escape from the world without hiding inside.
Plus we are blessed in Upstate South Carolina to live in an area that makes enjoying the outside of your home so easy. With warmer weather, we all want to get outside. Which means that having a place to entertain or just unwind can add a new dimension and enjoyment to your home.
If you are buying a home, keep these potential home improvement projects in the back of your mind as you look at homes. If you are selling a home, think about making your home[s exterior more attractive to buyers!
The first step is you will need to decide what type of space you want to create. Exactly what is possible is only limited by your imagination and your budget.
Start brainstorming and make a list of the things you want:
- Decorate to match your personality. Remember this is your place to unwind and relax.
- Add a water feature, such as a fountain, for a calming effect.
- Surround a patio or porch with plants and trees to bring nature closer to your home. Plus it adds some privacy.
Find Elements to Enhance Your Space
Furniture – If your outdoor hideaway isn’t covered, then make sure to choose all-weather furniture. A comfy place to chill is super important, so remember that all your seats need to be super comfortable.
Lighting – String lighting throughout the trees, under umbrellas or around fencing to create atmosphere. It also helps to keep everyone safe after the sun goes down. I suggest checking out some of the solar powered options to keep from running your power bill up.
Outdoor kitchen – Bring the food with you! You can keep it simple with just a grill or you could add other stuff like a refrigerator, sink and food prep area. We can’t forget the frosty beverages! Just remember to be safe with that grill.
Fireplace – Enjoy your outdoor evenings all year long by adding a fireplace for friends and family to gather around. You could make S’mores while chilling out!
Borders – Define the borders of the area to increase privacy and separate the space from the rest of the yard or neighbors.
The key thing is to make this outdoor space just as personal as the interior of your home. It can be as simple or elaborate as you desire. You can open it up to friends or keep it all to yourself. Follow these simple tips and create a wonderfully relaxing place right at your home for the summer.