As warmer weather approaches and the cold Ohio winter finally fades, many of us are eager to get out and enjoy some sun. Now more than ever, most of us are ready to get out of the house and take advantage of the spring weather.
So, what’s the best way to get some fresh air while staying safe and healthy at home? Maximize your home’s exterior space! Lots of homeowners neglect their outdoor spaces and end up missing out on valuable square footage. Whether you have a spacious backyard or a tiny balcony, there are countless ways to add space and create a relaxing outdoor oasis.
Ready to get started?
It’s time for some serious spring cleaning! You’ve tackled the inside of your home, so now it’s time to give your outdoor area the same TLC. Get rid of any debris and dead leaves from the winter, hose down your patio, sweep away any dirt, and give yourself a nice, clean canvas to work with.
If your outdoor space currently consists of dirty plastic chairs, give them a wipe down. Or, invest in new durable, waterproof outdoor furniture that’s a little more inspiring.
You want your outdoor area to feel like an additional living room, not an afterthought. Waterproof furniture can look great and still be a breeze to clean. From chaise lounges to cushioned chairs, you can get stunning, comfortable outdoor furniture without breaking the bank.
Buy Only What You Need
Now’s the time to prioritize your needs for your outdoor space. To keep things budget-friendly, try to determine what you’ll be using your outdoor area for.
If you’re all about grilling and outdoor eating, a dining table is a great investment. If not, forego the bulky table and invest in some nice chairs.
More interested in curling up with a book or sipping on lemonade in solitude? A comfy couch or lounge is a worthwhile investment. Looking to enjoy a few drinks at sunset? A firepit and a few chairs are all you’ll need to maximize your time outside, even as things cool down at night.
Choose Climate-Friendly Furniture
As any Ohioan knows, our weather isn’t always predictable. According to the US Weather Atlas, during the summer, our average highs lay between 82-90°F, while nighttime temperatures typically average about 60°F.
With fluctuating temperatures and occasional rainfall, all-weather furniture is key to getting the most of your outdoor space! A little chill in the air shouldn’t send you running inside. Cozy up by a fire pit or invest in some heat lamps. Heat lamps offer a great amount of warmth and are a more practical solution for smaller spaces such as balconies.
In case of rain (or intense sunlight), pop-up canopies, shades, awnings, and (in smaller spaces) umbrellas are a great and inexpensive way to shield yourself from the elements.
Find Space-Saving Solutions
To get the most out of your outdoor living area while saving money and space, look into a few convertible pieces. Many outdoor chairs, stools, and tables can double as hidden storage. Upholstered ottomans are an excellent way to provide seating, storage, and extra tabletop surface.
If you’re decorating a small patio or balcony, consider hanging plants to save on floor space while still getting a pop of greenery. You can also choose tall, thin plants such as evergreens that don’t take up too much ground space, but act as a great way to create privacy and cover any unsightly views.
Add Your Own Style
Like many of us, you’re probably sick of being stuck in the house. Your outdoor space is an opportunity to create a beautiful, new living space. Drab, plastic folding chairs get the job done, but don’t make for an environment where you’ll want to spend a lot of time. Choose colorful throws, patterned carpets, and attractive furniture to express your unique style.
Outdoor furniture should be practical, yes, but you don’t have to sacrifice style. Play off of the color palette in your existing indoor space, or use this space to try something entirely new.
Consult the Pros
Every state and property has its own unique codes and regulations. Whether you need help with these guidelines, or simply have no idea how to get started with the design process, consulting an expert can be a worthwhile investment.
The team at Oberer Homes can help you navigate the nitty-gritty rules of Ohio’s building codes while helping you create a gorgeous space you’ll never want to leave. We have the years of experience to help you get the most for your budget, and cultivate a space that’s functional, practical, and designed to fit your individual taste.
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