Liven Up Your Backyard With An Outdoor Living Space

Now that summer is fast approaching, finding more ways to enjoy the warmer weather will most likely be on everyone’s to-do list. With that in mind, you may want to consider creating a relaxing outdoor living space for entertaining friends and family. Not only is this a great idea for enjoying the summer months, it will increase your chances of selling you home if you ever decide to put it on the market.

What makes it even better is are quite a few budget-friendly ways of going about creating a refuge of tranquility and fun in your own backyard. First, before you begin any work, always, always plan out your space before moving on to the next phase.

Ensure your guests can escape the heat of the sun

Pergola’s and gazebo’s are forms of protection from the elements if you’re looking to have some type of structure for entertaining outside. Of course, a low cost roof-like alternative could be nothing more than a cluster of trees, an awning or large patio umbrella that you can erect when needed, taking up less space. The idea is to create an area that adds character as well as provides a place for your guests to escape the heat of the sun.

In addition, if you have a concrete deck you can add a decorative touch and save money by purchasing a solid color concrete sealer for waterproofing and a do-it-yourself decorative finish.

You are definitely going to need some furniture

For the craft savvy homeowner the choice here is undoubtedly simple for the most part, fun family projects that involve creating your own outdoor furniture will fit right into their lifestyles pretty handily. However, for us not so craft savvy homeowners, cast-offs are perfect for outdoor use and you don’t have to worry if they come with a few dents or scratches either. In addition, it’s not hard to find a few nice pieces at a local yard sale for at a reasonable price.

A word of caution when it comes to outside furniture, if you’re going to use plump fabrics and pillows you may want to cover the furniture with a water-resistant cover or take it inside at night.

Consider the layout of your food prep station and dining area

One of the most important aspects of an outdoor space is the food prep area and dining area, especially if you plan to go all out. You can easily setup a mini dining room or open-aired wet bar with a grill, cooktop and maybe a few bar stools for serving cocktails.

Searching your local surplus stores or yard sales can yield you some old cabinetry or possibly even an old sink and faucet that can be refurbished. A lot of times you can purchase old cabinetry for next to nothing from homeowners who are in the process of remodeling their kitchens. If you’re the creative type, you can find tons of tutorials online that teach how to do all kinds of interesting things like converting a sink to an outdoor bar. Finally, you can add in an inexpensive refrigerator or freezer for storing food and beverages without taking up a whole lot of space or spending a ton of money.

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