The weather is getting nice, and we got to soak up that sun as much as we can! That’s why it’s important to have outdoor living spaces, so we can do what we love, in the sun! Here are some ways to make your outdoor spaces feel like home.
You’ll notice the events of 2020 are still influencing a lot of trends and this is one of them. With a lot of people still working from home, the idea of an outdoor workspace sounds nice to more people. When creating this space, it’s important that you have weather-friendly furniture, in case of a surprise rainstorm, which we all know is likely to happen frequently. Also, make sure the space has everything you might need in reach. It’s safe to say you’ll be using a computer, so have an outlet installed near your workspace or even consider connecting to a portable generator with an outlet.
Another need to request for your outdoor workspace, is shade. Now, how you much shade you receive is up to you. If you love the shade, you can work under a roof, such as a covered deck, porch or gazebo. You can even turn that old shed into an office and have an indoor/outdoor space. Another way of working in the shade is to set up an umbrella; that way if you’d rather work with that sun shining on you (as long as you can see your screen), you always have the option to put it up or down.
Adding entertainment to your outdoor spaces can either be an easy day project or a huge complete transformation. So, this always trendy trend works for any budget. If you like the outdoors, it’s important to have something to do out there; Even if it’s putting a basketball hoop in the driveway, getting a corn hole set, or putting in a pool. There are so many options I can go on forever! If you have kids, they will love all of these options, but you can also consider adding kid-specific activities such as a playground or a sandbox. It’s important that you get entertainment in your budget, and something you and your family can enjoy as well.
Structured Outdoor “Rooms”
Okay I’m not saying you need to build walls in your yard, but it’s becoming more popular to have different spaces within your outdoor space. Like a work area, a living room-like area to relax in, a dining area, maybe even a pool or firepit areas, and even an outdoor kitchen area (more to come on that). This is so you can set the vibe of the activities that you’re doing in your yard. For example, you may not want to be relaxing on top of your outdoor workspace on your day off. This is harder to pull off in small yards. However, it’s possible with outdoor room dividers, plants and even how your outdoor furniture is placed.
For those of you with a green thumb, a garden might be for you! More and more people are trying to grow their own veggies and herbs. It can be hard to do so and can take time. However, when you’re making a salad that’s 100% grown by you, it can be satisfying.
This one could run the budget up, but it’s worth it! You get the luxury of indoor kitchens we take for granted like a fridge, so you don’t have to go inside or dig though ice and water for a drink. Or, having an outdoor sink is easier than the hose. Some outdoor kitchen areas even have stoves and pizza ovens. Pick and choose what you want for an outdoor kitchen that fits not only you, but your budget as well. My family’s outdoor kitchen is a grill, a folding table on one side and a cooler on the other, which works great too!
Painting & Other Projects
It’s important to keep up with your yardwork and your outdoor maintenance, as if your outdoor area was your indoor space. It can be hard to sit outside at home to relax and not think about chipping paint on your house or that the deck needs to be replaced or repainted.
This is where re:fab can help! We can help make any space a home, even your outdoor spaces. We don’t do landscaping, but we’ll replace that deck, repaint the house, turn that old shed into an office, build the outdoor kitchen, and so much more. Make your outdoor space more relaxing, and more usable, by contacting us here. With over 30 years of experience, re:fab is the outdoor painter and renovator for you!