Yes! It is finally time to get outside again and enjoy backyard barbecues, do a little gardening, read a good book in the hammock, or just kick back and watch the kids play in the yard. Without a doubt, expanding some of your living areas outside will add to your overall enjoyment of your home. With the steady uptick in homeowners remodeling their homes since the start of the pandemic, outdoor spaces have become top requests just behind home offices and kitchens. Over the years we've created a lot of helpful resources for those who are getting ready to update their outdoor spaces. We recommend reviewing the 5 listed below if you are considering one in your near future.
A Guide to Planning Your Outdoor Space Remodel
There’s just something about the sights and sounds of the outdoors that is very relaxing. Connecting with nature is good for the soul whether you are enjoying it through a picture window, sitting outside in the fresh air, or going on a hike with the family. That’s why many homeowners have decided to invest in creating outdoor spaces that provide the perfect spot to unwind and entertain. We encourage our clients to imagine outdoor spaces as natural extensions of their home and love to offer them options on how to remodel based on their individual family’s needs and functional preferences. For some it may be a deck, while another family may be better suited with a screened or enclosed porch, or sunroom.
If you are thinking of remodeling your outdoor spaces, our guide below will prompt you with questions that will lead you to the best options for you.
Thompson’s Guide to Creating a Fantastic Outdoor Living Area
Now more than ever, homeowners are seeking a place where they can get-away from it all, relax, and recharge. That spot can be as convenient as your backyard! Outdoor spaces should feel like an extension of your home, providing additional living areas for eating, lounging, reading, playing, or really anything your heart desires.
Just follow our simple guide below to create an outdoor space the whole family can enjoy.
Outdoor Spaces that Beat the Heat and the Bugs
We are officially in the summer season and that means it’s time for backyard barbecues, friends and family get-togethers, and enjoying the natural settings surrounding our homes. As much as we love this time of year, sometimes the heat and bugs can put a damper on being outside. How fantastic would it be if you could do it without getting overheated, the risk of sunburn, or a bunch of bug bites? It would be fabulous, right? Take a look at these two outdoor spaces that offer the comforts and security of the being indoors.
Need Shade Outdoors? Try a Pergola.
Ah, summertime, nice to see you again! I am so excited to be able to spend time outdoors with my family and it’s especially nice to do it in my own backyard. The upcoming holidays and weekends are the perfect times for cookouts on the deck, stargazing on the patio, or playing yard games with friends and neighbors. And recent studies say there’s been a major uptick in homeowners adding outdoor living areas to their homes this year. One of their top design requests is to add a shade element to provide a bit of relief from the sun on extra hot days. For many homeowners, a pergola is great option to consider, which will add not only partial shade but also lots of character.
Tips for Designing Your Outdoor Kitchen
Homeowners are embracing the trend of adding an outdoor kitchen to their backyard living space. The Weber grill is being pushed aside for fully outfitted outdoor kitchens with top-of-the-line appliances, countertops, bar seating, and cabinets. Extending your living spaces outdoors increases your options for entertaining and adds to your personal enjoyment of your home during the warmer months. With an outdoor kitchen, the chef can be a part of the action while your guests and family enjoy the outdoors.
Here are some tips to help you determine your wants and needs for your outdoor kitchen.