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Enjoy an Outdoor Living Area for You, Your Family and Friends

Spring is just around the corner, so now is the time to start thinking about improving your outdoor living area.

Spring is just around the corner, so now is the time to start thinking about improving your outdoor living area. In today’s economic environment, many homeowners are upgrading their existing homes instead of relocating, or going on expensive vacations. With a good outdoor design, you can enhance the beauty of your home, add to your home’s value and create a place that you can enjoy for many years to come.

There are many choices when considering an outdoor living area. Be sure the design complements your home and you plan the design around what your family likes to do. If your family enjoys being outdoors at night, a fire pit would be a good addition. A fire pit is attractive and can add a “campfire” effect to your backyard. Add some night lighting, and your backyard becomes a large, useful living space at night. Don’t forget your favorite music playing on your wireless sound system. Maybe a hot tub?

If you enjoy entertaining family and friends, then a sitting area, patio, outdoor kitchen, or pool area may be where you want to add improvements. Start with pavers for your patio, pool deck or outdoor kitchen. There are many styles and patterns of pavers, and they will be the foundation for enhancing your new outdoor living area. After your pavers are installed the ideas are vast.

Cabanas and gazebos add another outside room to your pool area. They add shelter and allow you to have an outside bar, flatscreen TV, refrigerator, and maybe a sink. Arbors, trellises and pergolas add character. Maybe you like water features such as fountains, water gardens, or a koi fish pond. The sound of water is relaxing while lounging in your new space. Outdoor kitchens with sinks, counter tops, and even fireplaces are great additions. Heat Lamps, chimineas, comfortable furniture, and patio pots are great additional accents. There are so many possibilities to consider when creating your ideal landscape. Of course a good landscape planting and bed design will add natural beauty. We’ll save that subject for a future blog.

In order to maximize your enjoyment of a new outdoor living area, now is the time to start planning. As warmer weather arrives, a good landscape contractor’s schedule will fill up quickly. Now is the ideal time to schedule an appointment and meet with a landscape contractor who will design and build an outdoor living area with your preferences in mind. Keep in mind, we have had a mild winter and the ground is not frozen. A contractor would love to break ground now before the busy season, and would probably consider doing the work at a discount.

A new outdoor living area will enhance the beauty and value of your home and will create lasting memories and enjoyment for many years to come.

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