12 Creative Ways to Elevate Your Outdoor Living Space

12 Creative Ways to Elevate Your Outdoor Living Space

If you’ve just bought a home or are considering putting your home on the market, there are some things you can do to increase the appeal of your home. You could make bigger changes, like building a deck or patio, or maybe do some of the smaller stuff, such as dressing up your porch or bringing in some well-placed planters. There are a lot of enhancements – both large and small – that will make your home more attractive. Let’s take a look at 12 creative ways to elevate your outdoor living space.

12 Creative Ways to Elevate Your Outdoor Living Space

1. Dreaming up a Deck

Should you make the big investment and build a deck? A deck is perfect for the outdoor lover. What a great way to appreciate nature, sunbathe, and enjoy your favorite barbecued food. Decks are an investment, but the ROI (return on investment) is high. Do your due diligence and decide if you want a deck constructed out of wood or composite, such as Trex.

2. Possibly a Patio 

A patio is another good investment. It is a project that is often DIY and can be fun to design. However, it does take some work, like planning the size and material and prepping the ground for pavers. You want it to be as even as possible. Also, consider the water flow. You don’t want your patio to be affected by heavy rains and poor drainage. 

3. Pondering a Pool

An in-ground pool can increase the value of your home. The addition of a pool always brings a new dimension to your outdoor oasis. Be sure to check local building codes and zoning guidelines, and contact Miss Utility before digging. There truly is nothing like a beautiful in-ground pool to incorporate into your outdoor entertainment. 

How To Design a Backyard4. Relaxing on a Porch 

Perhaps your home has an existing porch – or you might have a small porch, but want to increase its size. A porch is a project most homeowners can tackle in a few days or over a long weekend.

Consider building a sitting area on your porch, adding some beautiful stonework around it, or placing a bench (or other seating) in front of the porch.

All are inviting options that make guests want to hang out and visit. 

5. Outdoor Kitchen 

This concept works particularly well with either a patio or deck. Outdoor kitchens can be elaborate, like those with a cooktop, a refrigerator, and plenty of counter space. They can also be more modest, with a compact dorm-style refrigerator and a food prep area. Add in a fire pit! The kitchen/dining schematic brings another element of both fun and function to your outdoor living space. 

6. Sports and Rec 

This idea is awesome when you’ve got a decent-sized backyard. Work in conjunction with your patio and/or deck to make an area for the kids and active adults to play soccer, horseshoes, or volleyball. Volleyball, did you say? Those who are really into the sport can get creative and ambitious by building a sandpit for their volleyball court. Go for those beach and sun vibes in the privacy of your yard! 

7. Grow a Garden 

A much-loved idea is to plant a few of your favorite plants in a small garden. You can create your garden by your house, in the front, or in the backyard. A small area, for example, like around 3 feet x 5 feet or 4 feet x 6 feet, oval or rectangular, can be a nice way to show off some of your favorite blooming plants. In fact, a small Japanese garden might be an ideal fit. Remember, do your research and check out plants that will be hardy in all seasons. 

You can also consider adding some adorable chicks to the space to bring life and charm to your outdoor oasis. Their gentle clucking and playful antics can add a delightful touch to your gardening experience. Plus, they can help create an efficient ecosystem in your garden when they become full-grown chickens.

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8. Gazebo or Pergola

A gazebo or a pergola are two relatively easy structures to build. They are a solid resource for shade and privacy. They give your backyard spot a revamped look. A dining table under a gazebo, or trellising plants gracing the pergola are a couple of bonuses that will increase your enjoyment of your outside “play space.”

9. Water Feature

A fountain built with stone or tile will give you and your guests a soothing feeling. There is nothing like listening to gently babbling water while meditating or reading. If constructing a fountain is daunting, consider a portable, smaller fountain. Bring out a few plants and add a gazing ball, and voilà – you have a delightful design.

10. Spa or Hot Tub

While we’re on the subject of water, a great investment is a hot tub. These work wonderfully and even better if you have something to frame over the hot tub for protection from the sun’s rays and prying eyes. Hot tubs are ideal under decks, gazebos, or an overhang. 

Creating the Perfect Backyard Oasis11. Storage Space 

Sometimes, we accumulate outdoorsy items like horseshoe games, goalie nets, and kayaks. What to do with all this stuff? Store sports equipment under a deck or in a shed.

Your shed doesn’t have to be a traditional shed; it can be more of a run-in shelter with shelving or hooks. If you organize your outdoor space well, there will still be plenty of room for you to enjoy your outdoor living spaces.

12. Create a Peaceful Nook

This idea doesn’t apply specifically to any one improvement or another. You can do this to make your outdoor living even more personalized. Imagine your patio furniture, a big glass of tea (or whatever refreshing beverage you like), and a space for your book or laptop.

This will make a huge difference in navigating your private time in nature. Enjoy the best of both worlds – fresh air and sun while reading or studying. 

Combine It All!

Merge any of these concepts very easily. You could pair a pool and a gazebo or unite an outdoor kitchen and the sports recreational space. There’s nothing like enjoying a dip in a refreshing pool, hanging out with your friends, partaking in a corn hole game, and picnicking on some fresh, cold-cut sandwiches afterward. There’s much to do in your private paradise. 

Whatever your liking or your family’s preferred activity, let that guide your choice for enhancing your backyard and outdoor living area. There are a lot of upgrades you can make and many ideas from which to choose. These are only a few to get you started on your open-air journey. 

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About the Author

Top Wellington Realtor, Michelle Gibson, wrote: “12 Creative Ways to Elevate Your Outdoor Living Space”

Michelle has been specializing in residential real estate since 2001 throughout Wellington Florida and the surrounding area. Whether you’re looking to buy, sell or rent she will guide you through the entire real estate transaction. If you’re ready to put Michelle’s knowledge and expertise to work for you call or e-mail her today.

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