Almost everyone loves spending time outdoors, and with good reason. There are plenty of mental and physical health benefits to be had from taking in the fresh air and sunshine. But sometimes it’s nice to have a few outdoor upgrades to make the experience even more enjoyable. After all, there’s nothing quite like kicking back in a comfortable chair in an attractive setting.
Here are a few outdoor upgrades that will take your backyard from good to great:
A Well-Designed Deck
If you don’t already have a deck, consider adding one. A deck is a perfect place to entertain guests or enjoy a quiet evening at home. Your deck will expand your living space by giving you a new spot to relax and spend time with your family.
A deck gives you:
An aesthetically pleasing addition to your home: A well-designed and built deck can be a beautiful addition to your home.
A great way to increase your home’s value: If you think you may sell your home in the future, a deck will increase its resale value.
A space for entertaining guests: A deck is a perfect spot for hosting parties and gatherings.
An extension of your indoor living space: A deck allows you to bring the comforts of indoors outdoors.
A place to relax after a long day: Spending time on a deck surrounded by nature can help you unwind and enjoy the present moment.
A front-row seat to the changing seasons: Enjoy the beauty of the changing seasons from the comfort of your deck.
When planning your deck, tell your contractor what you hope to use it for. If you plan to have outdoor parties often, make sure there is enough space for a dining table and chairs.
Nothing is better than lying in a hammock and enjoying the surrounding scenery. A comfortable hammock is a perfect place to relax and feel like you’re on vacation, even if you’re just in your own backyard.
There are two main types of hammocks:
Stationary Hammocks: Stationary hammocks come with their own stand and don’t need to be tied to anything. They are easy to set up.
Portable Hammocks: Portable hammocks need to be tied to two trees or other sturdy objects.
Make sure to plan ahead before buying a hammock. If you’re planning on using a portable hammock in your backyard, make sure there are two trees or other objects to tie it to.
Outdoor lighting is important for both function and style. Path lights will help your guests find their way after dark, while string lights can add a touch of magic to any outdoor space.
If you often entertain, consider adding outdoor speakers as well. If you have a big deck with the right features, you’ll host the best parties in town. If you’re alone, you can enjoy your favorite tunes in peace as you relax in your hammock or read a book.
A Pool Deck
A pool is a great way to make your backyard even more enjoyable. If the sun is beating down on you, you would be grateful for having a deck pool. There are going to be long days when you’ll feel like you need to cool off.
On a hot Maryland summer day, the water is going to feel refreshing. You’ll love being able to take a dip in your own backyard whenever you want.
A Fire Pit Or Fireplace
But what about those cold days?
During the winter, a fire pit or fireplace will keep the party alive when you least expect it to continue. A fireplace will serve as a great focal point in your outdoor living space that will keep you and your guests warm on chilly evenings.
These Outdoor Upgrades Will Improve The Quality Of Your Life
A few simple outdoor upgrades can make a world of a difference in your quality of life. With a bit of planning and an excellent contractor by your side, you can create an outdoor living space that you and your family will be grateful for forever.
Phil Parsons is an owner at KP Contracting with 20-years’ experience in custom remodeling and the development of outdoor living spaces that bring friends and family together. He is a degreed engineer, and his work has been featured on HGTV.