Depending on the time of year, you might spend more time outside your home than in it. Comfortable temperatures often tempt people outside onto porches and patios, but only if they have a comfortable place to sit and relax. Plus, if you improve your front yard’s appearance, you’ll improve the home’s curb appeal and potentially increase your property value.
If you’re not sure how to approach outdoor remodeling projects, the following are four ideas to give you inspiration.
Create a Flower Garden
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Whether you prefer neat rows of perfectly trimmed hydrangea or a more chaotic English-style garden, you can make the flower bed of your dreams. Flowers add color and texture to your yard, which will convince you to spend more time outdoors, and they also add significant curb appeal.
Don’t restrict yourself to flowers if you feel pulled in other directions. Green ground cover, for instance, offers a quick way to fill in beds. You might also like easy-care plants, such as succulents and ferns, or small hedges to create privacy. Surround your beds with the edging of your choice, whether you prefer river rocks, concrete blocks, bricks, or stone.
Light Your Yard
Although it might seem like an afterthought, landscape lighting actually offers several benefits. First, it’s an excellent security measure. You won’t trip on your way up your front walk when you get home late at night, and thieves might steer clear of your house for fear of detection.
Additionally, landscape lighting will illuminate your yard after dark, allowing you to enjoy it any time of day. Whether you’re sitting on the porch with a cup of coffee in the morning or entertaining friends in the evening, you need lights to see your beautiful home.
Assign Task Areas
Just as you separate your home’s interior by purpose — eating, sleeping, lounging — you can separate your house’s exterior into task areas. Use different colored pavers, for instance, to distinguish the grilling area from the outdoor dining area. Similarly, you might put a rug in front of your gardening station and hang a light fixture overhead to give it distinction.
If you’re looking for a big project, consider building a multilevel deck or patio. Dedicate each level to a particular task or activity, such as dining, reading, potting plants, and taking a dip in the hot tub.
Establish a Focal Point
The most beautiful outdoor spaces always have at least one focal point. If you make design decisions around your chosen focal point, the entire space will look more cohesive. Possible focal points could include a stone fire pit, an outdoor sculpture, a beautiful tree, or a handsome seating area.
When you choose a focal point, consider its colors, shapes, and textures when choosing other pieces for your outdoor area. You might build a bigger patio to incorporate it into the space, build a bench around the base of a tree, or layer blankets and pillows to complement the focal point’s colors.
Outdoor remodeling doesn’t have to prove too difficult or to complex. Follow these tips to make your property even more beautiful — and more livable.
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