Make the Most of Your Home’s Outdoor Living Spaces

April 6, 2017 at 4:41 pm  •  Posted in Blueprint, DIY, Home Decor by  •  0 Comments

Winter and spring weather in the Twin Cities area can be quite unpredictable, which can make the long, sunny days of summer a welcome arrival. And where better to relax and enjoy the season’s warmth than your own backyard?

Now is the time to plan ways to enhance your outdoor living spaces for maximum comfort and usability and here are some ideas to get you started.

Clean and unpack everything. Winter probably left a layer of dirt over everywhere, so take the time to wipe off your patio furniture, sweep the floors and knock loose any cobwebs that accumulated to make your space as inviting as possible.

Install or upgrade your outdoor lighting. The days are growing longer, but it’s nice to be able to linger outside even after the sun sets. Putting in some strategically placed yard lights is a simple do-it-yourself project that lets you take advantage of every possible moment outdoors.

Put in a fire pit. Is there anything better than summer nights spent sitting around a fire, roasting marshmallows and telling stories? Buy a ready-made fire pit or build your own, surround it with comfortable seating and you’re ready for company.

Add a water feature. Whether it’s a bubbling fountain or an elegant koi pond, a water feature provides soothing sounds and visual interest to your outside living space.

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