Today’s savvy homeowner knows that an outdoor space is more than just a patio for your barbecue and dining table; it’s an extension of the home’s function that’s almost as important as its interior.
Modern outdoor spaces are much more than just a deck decorated with one lonely porch swing and littered with children’s toys; it’s prime real estate that allows you to extend the extravagances of the indoors into a functional living space outside.
While traditional backyard patios have served fairly Spartan needs—a space to barbecue food and another to eat the food—today’s version is all about ambiance and comfort. Homeowners these days don’t want to be cooking outside while guests mingle and revel inside; they want to give those guests a reason to join them while they cook.
These merriment meccas often include state-of-the-art kitchens that complement the natural backyard elements and feature granite countertops, stone walls (to fight the elements), stamped-concrete patios, weatherproof cabinets, stainless-steel appliances (including a mini refrigerator) and built-in grills.
For added pleasure, homeowners may add a covered eating area that matches the home’s existing architecture or a pergola complete with decorative lighting, allowing guests to luxuriate on opulent patio furniture while listening to festive music that pipes though the outdoor sound system. And for a more raucous gathering, homeowners may add a television to the space so guests can watch the Big Game while awaiting burgers and brats.
Other high-end features on your well-appointed outdoor patio may include fire pits, fire-pit tables (yes, that’s a table with fire), water features like a pool or fountains, and additional decks.
And for homeowners who enjoy the outdoors without wanting to be “one” with the elements, sunrooms—including large windows and skylights or sun tunnels—are a great alternative. Invite the outdoors inside with a three-season sunroom to savor sunlight for most of the year, or add heat for a year-round version.
Whether a simple update or extravagant overhaul, maximizing the use of vital outdoor living space will only enhance how you live and complete your home’s esthetic appeal, both for your family and potential buyers.