As per a study by the International Casual Furnishings Association, 2021 will be the “year of the yard,” as a reported 88% of Americans are discontented with their outdoor spaces and will focus on improving them. Indeed, many homeowners focus on improving interior spaces at the expense of the outdoors. However, your outdoor area is equally as important because you spend time outside occasionally. Below are a few tips on improving your outdoor living space.
Invest in an outdoor kitchen
Your kitchen is undoubtedly the heart of your home, but a second kitchen outdoors is worth considering if you host guests frequently. A second kitchen means no more back and forth between your grill and indoor fridge or stove. Also, an outdoor kitchen is a perfect space for entertaining. You can construct an open-air kitchen around a sink, fridge, and food prep area in addition to your grill. Additionally, invest in comfortable seating options for your outdoor kitchen, which can range from picnic tables to a full bar depending on your budget.
Add exterior lighting
Many homeowners light up their outdoor spaces during holidays only by hanging string lights. However, it isn’t uncommon to spend time outside at night in the warmer months, so it is prudent to invest in tasteful outdoor lighting to brighten your exterior space. Excellent lighting can make your outdoor space safer because proper illumination reduces the likelihood of people tripping in the dark. In addition, great lighting makes your outdoor space more inviting at night and accentuates the assets in these areas. Therefore, consider hiring outdoor and landscape lighting installation services to brighten up your exterior living space.
Install a water feature
Water introduces soothing serenity into any outdoor living area, so a water feature is worth the investment that could serve as an elegant focal point in your outdoor space. Water features come in different forms, from cascading waterfalls to medium-sized fountains. You can consider a Koi pond as a more exotic way to transform your exterior space. However, many hardware stores sell small and medium-sized fountains you can use as cheaper and less labor-intensive water features, so keep this in mind.
Add a fireplace/ fire pit
According to a 2018 survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits were the most common outdoor design element that landscape architects cited. Indeed, many homeowners embrace fire pits and fireplaces because of the warmth and light they bring to outdoor areas. A backyard fire will ensure comfort on cool summer nights, providing numerous opportunities for gatherings with friends and family members.
Purchase quality outdoor products
When creating an outdoor area, it is prudent to invest in products designed for the outside. For instance, waterproof wood or metal benches are excellent seating options for any outdoor space because they can withstand rain, wind, and sunlight without damage compared to an old sofa. In addition, consider investing in a tremendous outdoor TV that offers excellent contrast and anti-glare against sunlight if you intend to watch a lot of television outdoors.