Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Spruce Up Your Deck or Patio

I almost feel guilty covering this topic now, in the midst of fall weather moving into KY. However, a little inspiration now can provide proper planning for how to make the extension of our home more enjoyable once spring rolls around again.

Outdoor kitchens are a major trend right now. Depending on your budget, you can go from simple (a brick grill surround and outdoor fireplace) all the way to elaborate (concrete countertops, stainless refrigerator, sink, all the bells & whistles). Not only are outdoor kitchens enjoyable, but they often raise the value of a home and make the property more appealing to potential buyers when selling.

If you don't want to add an additional kitchen to your backyard, let's focus on something simpler- the patio furniture. We have moved way beyond plastic stackable chairs and tables. Wrought iron and teak furniture are classic staples that can be dressed up with seat cushions and an outdoor umbrella. Another great option is an outdoor love seat or two. If you have a large space that can support two seat groupings, one area can provide a place for a meal and another area can become the outdoor family room with the love seats. There are some fabulous wicker love seats available. Who knows, maybe you'll run across an end of season sale and snag a great deal on some patio furniture.

Bringing the indoors out provides additional space to relax outside the confines of your walls. Plus, you're friends and neighbors will be jealous of your gorgeous backyard oasis. Happy Sprucing!

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