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Enjoy an Outdoor Living Area with Family and Friends

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

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

In today's economic environment, many homeowners are upgrading their existing homes instead of relocating or going on expensive vacations. A good outdoor design can enhance the beauty of a home, add to the home's value and create a place that can be enjoyed for many years to come.

There are many choices when considering an outdoor living area. Be sure the design complements the home and the design is planned around what the family likes to do. If a 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 a backyard. Add some night lighting, and the backyard becomes a large, useful living space at night. Don't forget about playing music on a new wireless sound system. Maybe a hot tub?

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

Cabanas and gazebos add another outside room to a pool area. They add shelter and allow for an outside bar, flat screen TV, refrigerator, and maybe a sink. Arbors, trellises and pergolas add character. Consider adding a water feature such as a fountain, water garden, or a koi fish pond. The sound of water is relaxing while lounging in the 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 the ideal landscape. Of course a good landscape planting and bed design will add natural beauty. That subject will be saved for a future blog.

In order to maximize the 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 a homeowner’s preferences in mind. Keep in mind, it has been 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 a home and will create lasting memories and enjoyment for many years to come.

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Best patio furniture February 18, 2012 at 01:11 AM
The options for personalizing your outdoor living space are endless. Spending time relaxing and entertaining outdoors is becoming more popular.

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