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Creating the Perfect Backyard Outdoor Living Space
Creating the Perfect Backyard Outdoor Living Space

Creating the Perfect Backyard Outdoor Living Space

As the weather warms up, we naturally turn to spending more time outdoors. Creating the perfect outdoor living space not only enhances your quality of life but can also contribute to the value of your home. Whether you’re upgrading a patio, deck, or garden, explore design and decor tips to help you transform your outdoor area into a beautiful and functional living space. 

Assess your Space

The first step in creating your ideal outdoor living space is to assess your available area. Think about how you plan to use the space – whether for dining, lounging, gardening, or entertaining. Measure your yard and plan the layout accordingly, ensuring you maximize the natural landscape and existing structures. Thoughtful planning will help you create a cohesive and inviting space that meets all your needs. 

Designing the Perfect Patio

To design the perfect patio, be sure to choose the right materials for both durability and aesthetics, such as stone, concrete, or wood. When it comes to furniture shopping, it’s important to take comfort, style, and durability into consideration. Opt for stylish, weather-resistant pieces that can withstand the elements. Further enhance your patio with features like pergolas for shade, fire pits for warmth, outdoor kitchens for convenient cooking, and a water feature or even a pool for entertaining. These elements can transform a simple patio into a multi-functional outdoor retreat or staycation!

Enhancing Your Deck

If you have a deck or are considering building one, selecting the right materials is crucial. Composite materials and natural wood are popular choices for their durability and appearance. Ensure your deck meets safety standards and any local building codes. Talk to your local realtor to ensure you are familiar with all of these. Once the deck is built, decorate it with outdoor rugs, lighting, and planters to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere for you, your family, and your friends. These touches add personality and comfort to your outdoor space, making it a great spot for relaxation and gatherings.

Garden Design and Landscaping

A well-landscaped garden can be the highlight of your outdoor living space. Use native plants and low-maintenance greenery to create a sustainable and beautiful garden. Design functional areas within your garden, such as dining spaces, lounging spots, and play areas for everyone to enjoy. Incorporate garden structures like trellises, arbors, and water features to add visual interest and create a sense of tranquility. Thoughtful garden design can transform your backyard into a lush and inviting oasis.

Local Resources and Businesses

Enhancing your outdoor living space is easier with the help of local experts! For patio, deck, and garden projects, consider hiring local contractors and landscapers who understand the North Shore climate and soil conditions. Visit local nurseries and garden centers for a wide selection of plants and materials. Additionally, check out local businesses offering outdoor furniture and decor to find pieces that suit your unique style and needs. Supporting local businesses not only ensures quality and personalized service but also contributes to the community. You can find a list of my trusted partners here.

Increasing Home Value

Investing in your outdoor living space can yield satisfaction in the short term as well as significant returns when it comes to home value. Enhanced curb appeal and functional outdoor areas make your home more attractive to potential buyers, increasing the property value and offering a high return on investment. Testimonials from local homeowners often highlight how their outdoor improvements have made their homes more enjoyable and marketable.
Creating the perfect backyard living space is a rewarding endeavor enhancing your lifestyle and adding value to your home. From patios and decks to gardens and landscaping, there are countless ways to transform your outdoor area into a beautiful and functional retreat. For personalized tips and assistance with your home improvement projects on the North Shore, contact me today.

2021 Home Design Trends

Every quarter the American Institute of Architects (AIA) conducts its Home Design Trends Survey (HDTS). The AIA gathers hundreds of architecture firms’ current project data to reveal new and emerging trends in residential home design. These trends help identify key features owners and buyers alike want.

Whether you’re buying in the North Shore area and want to know what to look out for, or selling and hoping to raise the price of your home, check out the newest trends below!

Effects of Quarantine on Home Design

Over the past year, individuals and families have spent more time in their homes than ever before. This extended time in the home has changed what many buyers are looking for in their forever home. After local spaces like parks, offices, restaurants, and even friends’ and family’s homes became unavailable, homeowners needed indoor and outdoor entertainment spaces in their homes. In fact, 70% of survey respondents are now looking for an outdoor living space and 46% wanted a multi-purpose space in their homes. If you’re having trouble selling your home, or are simply looking to raise the price, consider landscaping or finishing your basement to increase your property value. 

At the height of the pandemic, roughly 35% of Americans were working from home. While some have gone back to work, many offices are allowing employees to continue work from home. In response, 69% of participants are interested in a home office space for Zoom meetings or just for a quiet workspace away from the rest of the house.

Many buyers are also looking for an in-law suite (42%). After many spent the past year quarantined away from their parents and loved ones, prospective buyers are now hoping to have a separate space in their home for parents and extended family. 

Going Green

Homeowners, especially in Massachusetts, are also looking for greener homes or at least homes that will cut down on utility bills. Interest in solar panels (54%), electric car charging ports (74%), smart thermostats (52%), and other green home technology is growing quickly. The state of Massachusetts is a leader in implementing energy-efficient policies and programs and even ranked number 2 out of all 50 states on the Energy Efficiency Scorecard by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

What does this mean for you as a homeowner or buyer? If you’re considering a remodel or addition to your home, you may want to consider some “green” upgrades. In fact, the home loan experts from Money.co.uk recently shared a report which states how easy green home improvements could add upwards of $38,000 in value to your home.  

To learn more about energy efficiency, maintenance and architectural home trends read the full HDTS report here.