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Is the springtime weather calling you outside? Do you or your clients thirst for maximizing time in the outdoors when the air is comfortable and warm? Are you or your clients struggling with how to make the most out of an outdoor living space to fully enjoy the next several months? The last few years have paved the way for a massive shift in how people view their backyards and patio areas. Something that was once considered an afterthought has slowly grown into the prospective centerpiece of a home, essentially making outdoor living spaces a shining star of 2018 and beyond. The right outdoor living area can increase the value of a home or business property, change the way in which people use a space, and create a sanctuary for relaxation and pleasure.
Sure, outdoor living spaces seem trendy and exciting, but if you’re not building a property from scratch what can be done? What about people who are just catching on to the wave of outdoor living space? Can homeowners and business owners find a way to expand a small backyard or patio area without doing major construction? Today, we discuss some of the most creative and clever methods of transforming a seemingly small space into an outdoor oasis…without the need for excavators and bulldozers.
One of the most common misconceptions of homeowners is that a small space to work with means restricted creative opportunities. The ability to be innovative, however, makes all of the difference when looking to expand any area.
Now, get your imaginative thinking caps on and let’s dive into 12 creative ways to expand your outdoor living space:
Plentiful, comfortable seating is a must! Few things are more inviting than a comfortable couch and a place for everyone to sit, but nothing says “small space” like standing room only. So, make sure to look for couches, sectionals, and chairs that fit within the proper dimensions for the area and are comfy for you and your guests.
Speaking of seating, get creative in where you place your couches and chairs. For instance, consider side yard seating to expand the space and develop varied hang out areas throughout the patio area.
Go all-in on multipurpose pieces. Can an end table also serve as a chair if necessary? What about using an ottoman as a mini dining table? Buying furniture that can be used in multifaceted ways is both efficient and space extending.
Create a focal point in the far corners of the outdoor space. Something like a beautiful fountain or water feature or a gorgeous potted plant can draw attention to all of the right places, helping to make the backyard appear bigger.
Go for that awesome patio cover. Investing in a retractable patio or deck awning or a retractable patio cover or pergola cover will truly transform you or your client’s backyard or commercial space. Not only will a retractable awning feature expand the space, but it will allow for you to enjoy it regardless of the weather.
Build a smart outdoor kitchen. A full size refrigerator, a large grill, or an enormous dinner table may not make sense for your space. Think about your outdoor kitchen appliances in terms of inches and minimize the size where possible.
Add some entertainment. Implementing an outdoor television or a game like corn hole will help to make the patio a place for family and friends to gather and enjoy the great outdoors.
Consider a satellite patio area like the front yard area. Adding a few comfortable chairs to the front yard will be inviting to neighbors and expand the possibilities of your outside options.
Give your space some heat. A fire pit offers a gathering spot and some design drama to a space while serving as a functional option in chillier months during the year.
Think about color, texture, and pattern. From your couch cushions to your throw pillows, mixing up design elements helps to give life to an area while visually stimulating your guests.
Take advantage of great lighting. Effective outdoor lighting will set the right mood, highlight the larger outside areas, and extend your patio days into patio nights.
Think about trimming trees and bushes where necessary. A well-manicured lawn and shrubbery will not only make the outdoor area look beautiful, but will trick the eye into seeing a bigger space.
Whether you are brainstorming ideas yourself or utilizing Architects, Landscape Architects, Interior Designers, or Exterior Designers, thinking outside of the box is the first step in modifying what appears to be a small area into something much, much larger.
Are you or your clients looking for a new technique to expand your outdoor living space? Contact our retractable awnings experts in the USA or Canada toll free at 866-438-2964 or outside the USA or Canada at (305) 628-2424 or use the live help chat tool for guidance in selecting a retractable patio awning that is perfect for you and your outdoor living area!