By: Deirdre Sullivan
Budget ideas to transform your outdoor living space into a beautiful (and fun) retreat.
Americans are putting their own spin on the Scandinavian passion for open-air living–friluftsliv. We’re not just doing things outside as much as possible. We’re expanding our indoor living space to the outdoors. And that’s increasing the value of homes and adding features buyers are looking for.
More than 80% of home buyers said patios and front porches are “essential” or “desirable,” according to the “What Buyers Really Want” survey from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
So why not jazz yours up with these outdoor living space ideas on a budget?
#1 Design Your Space To Blur the Line Between Inside and Outside
Creating a seamless transition between your home’s interior and exterior isn’t as simple or low cost as adding some cushy cushions, but it’s seriously the best way to pull you outside more.
#2 Go Overboard on Comfy
Comfy is easy to achieve and can be as low cost as you want. Start simple with a cushion or two or even a throw. A couple more simple starters:
#3 Make It Easy to Use All Your Devices
Our devices and electronics have conspired to keep us on lock down inside. Here’s some fun ways to stay charged outdoors:
#4 Crank Up the Mood Lighting
Outdoor lighting dresses up your home’s marketability and appeal (exterior lighting is buyers’ second most wanted outdoor feature, according to the NAHB study), makes it safer, and lets you spend more time outside.
#5 Personalize It
In fact, make your outdoor retreat an ongoing project where you can hone your DIY skills.
#6 Add Some Fun Stuff to Do
#7 Arm Your Space Against Bugs, Weather
If you already have a screened porch, don’t forget the slats between wood planks. Cover the floor with outdoor carpet or staple screening to the underside of floorboards.
Jason Gelios is a Husband and Father. After that, a Top Producing REALTOR®, Author of the books 'Think like a REALTOR®' and 'Beating The Force Of Average', Creator of The AskJasonGelios Real Estate Show and Expert Media Contributor to media outlets across the country.