Friday, February 24, 2012

Backyard Living Spaces

With creative landscaping, homeowners are turning their under-used yards into extensions of their interiors for additional entertaining or relaxation spots. One of the bonuses of taking this directions is that you acquire more livable space at a fraction of the cost of a true room addition. Creating an outdoor "room" is an asset to our home, whether you are improving for yourself or for additional resale value. The possibilities are endless, and homeowners are quickly realizing that their exteriors can be so much more than a visual aesthetic, but can also be a functional space.

Decks and patios have become so much more than a table and four chairs. Outdoor furniture selections are as varied and personal as interior furniture, giving homeowners the opportunity to individualize their new "room." Additionally, outdoor carpets add color, interest and a comfortable feel to the areas. Outdoor kitchens, fireplaces and fire pits will extend both the functionality and season of your deck or patio.

Adding an element of height to your patio or deck area will bring the eye upward and beyond. A custom designed pergola or trellis can be used in a variety of ways. You can hang sheer curtains from your pergola that can be let down to create added shade or form a more private area for dining. With the right lighting, your new "room" will carry you into the evening.

Beyond the creation of a new room, there are so many more things you can do to turn your backyard into your own special refuge.

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