By Ellen Bell
Outdoor living is a fast growing trend
in the United States. Many homeowners are beginning to realize that
the primary living areas of their homes don't have to be indoors. A
well designed outdoor living space can often times be the most
utilized area for a family. Furthermore, an attractive outdoor
living area is also a great selling point for a home and can
significantly raise your home's value.
If you're creating a new outdoor living area from scratch, there
are several important things to consider before getting started.
When building a deck or patio, you should first take a look at the
location and nearby structures. If you are building a deck that is
attached to a house, for example, you may not want to build over
windows because it will make your basement darker. If you're
putting in a patio, you may have to excavate a small area, and
you'll want to take care not to damage the roots of any trees in
Do you need a railing or fence to provide protection, security, or
privacy to your area? There are many options available from wood to
metal, plastic and stone. If all you need is privacy, you may want
to look to the landscaping around your yard. Privacy can easily be
created with trees, shrubs or climbing plants on upright structures
such as trellises, screens.
Outdoor furniture is another important component of your outdoor
living space. There are many types of outdoor furniture available.
Weatherproof furniture comes in a variety of materials such as
wicker, plastic, metal, wrought iron, aluminum, or wood. You can
purchase complete pre-assembled sets, partially assembled products
or do-it-yourself kits. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks, so
you'll have to consider what will best meet your needs.
Another thing to consider is whether your outdoor living area will
be covered or not. Some people choose to enclose their outdoor
area, while others have only solid roofs or open pergola type
coverings. Do you need an umbrella for shade? Awnings can be
another good option, as they are available in a wide variety of
fabrics and sizes, and can be attached directly to your home.
Most outdoor areas have some type of walking surface. Some of the
most common foundations are grass, gravel, stone, brick, wood, and
concrete. If your walking surface is already in place, you may want
to consider adding an outdoor rug to soften the space. In addition
to price, you should also consider durability, longevity, and
maintenance when you are shopping for flooring for your outdoor
If you plan to use your outdoor living area at night, you might
also want to add outdoor lighting. Candles give a romantic mood to
any setting, but also carry a safety concern, especially on wood
decks. Low voltage lighting provides consistent lighting without
the fire hazard. Solar lighting is also a growing trend for outdoor
areas. The ease of not having to run electrical wiring makes this
an easy option for everyone. Low voltage and solar lights come in a
variety of styles to compliment your space.
Most importantly, be sure your outdoor living space is safe and
works well for your needs and budget. With a little bit of
planning, anyone can create an outdoor living space that will add
to their home's value and provide years of enjoyment and recreation
for their family.
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