Good Morning Lakewood/Summer is coming, time to move outdoors

Improving Your Home’s Outdoor Space

By Jeannette Brown

Finding ways to improve your home’s outdoor space can be a fulfilling way to enjoy nature and spend time with friends and family in the fresh air (when the weather cooperates) as an extension of your home. The confines of your home can be limiting in comparison to the outdoors, so making the most of your outdoor living space can add to your home’s market value, overall appeal, and personal enjoyment of all your home has to offer.

To help your outdoor space meet its full potential, here are some tips to consider:

Fountain A water feature is a great way to add a peaceful focal point to your outdoor living space, as the sound of running water in the form of a water fountain or a small pond can bring tranquility to your surroundings. If you want a particularly relaxing outdoors experience, a fountain in your garden is an appealing option.

Outdoor Kitchen Running back and forth between your outside grill and your home’s kitchen can put a real damper on conversation with your guests during barbeque season. If your family enjoys grilling regularly then having the appropriate kitchen items can make all the difference through the addition of an outside kitchen. Having easy access to your grill, stove, ingredients, utensils, and other kitchen needs is a great way to spruce up your outdoor living space.

Lighting Decorative and practical use of lighting in your outdoor space can add a dramatic effect to the best features of your surroundings. You have lots of options to consider, such as the glow of lanterns, strings of lights, or ground lights that shine on your favorite plants.

Toasty Whether it’s to roast marshmallows or huddle around a fire with loved ones when the weather turns cold, a fireplace outdoors (or a fire pit) can turn your outdoor space into a cozy gathering place. This feature will add immediate warmth and a focal point for friends to swap stories.

Furniture You can’t love your outdoor living space without comfortable furniture outfitted to withstand the elements. Outdoor sofas, tables, and more will create an inviting space to relax. It’s important to be mindful of the type of material used for outdoor furniture so that it is appropriate for your region’s weather. Bold colors for this furniture are a great way to spice up the space as well since neutral colors are best for indoors.

Rain Garden Planting a rain garden is an inexpensive and efficient option to divert water away from your house or hardscape elements and bring it to the plants. This eco-friendly landscaping option can be done near your house and looks great. Be sure to use native plants since they will adapt to the soil, water and climate conditions.

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Before going into real estate in 2001, I worked in the medical field. Found it very rewarding helping others and decided to make a switch and help those, who want to achieve the "American Dream". As a homeowner, I know the importance of home ownership and nothing gives me more pleasure than to place those keys into the hands of a new homeowner. I look forward to helping you, with all your real estate needs.

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