default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Logout|My Dashboard

Outdoor living made easy with home improvements that boost comfort and value

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:34 am, Fri Jul 18, 2014.

(BPT) - Beautiful weather begs to be enjoyed, but a drab deck, dated patio and dull lighting can drive homeowners indoors fast. A few home improvements can ensure seasons full of outdoor comfort, all while enhancing your house’s value and exterior aesthetic.

Outdoor home improvements extend livable space so homeowners can relax solo or entertain guests with Mother Nature as the backdrop. With that in mind, 56 percent of homeowners plan to update their landscapes to create a better entertaining space, according to a 2014 Houzz Landscaping Survey.

Consider these home improvement tips to give your favorite outdoor spaces a facelift.

Refresh or add a deck

A deck is a great way to add more living space to your home. If you do not currently have a deck, consider adding one. Whether you do it yourself or hire a contractor, a deck addition offers an impressive return on investment. Remodeling Magazine’s 2014 Cost vs. Value Report states a wood deck addition recoups 87.4 percent of its cost, while a composite deck addition has a 74.3 percent recouped cost.

Of course, if you already have a deck, there’s typically no need to demo – you can just give it a refresh. Add a fresh coat of stain if you have a wood deck and rails, or give a composite deck a thorough cleaning with a hose or power sprayer. If your wood rails are in good condition, give them a fresh look by replacing the wood balusters with aluminum or glass balusters.

Next, consider lighting enhancements. If you have a deck with stairs, recessed lights are easy to install in risers and they add an element of safety, too. Deckorators solar accent lights secured to posts create subtle illumination that adds elegance and ambience. New post caps are a simple way to boost railing style, and stunning solar caps are guaranteed to complement any exterior design.

Finally, if you crave a garden but don’t have the additional space or time for a full-size plot, your deck can serve as a simple solution. Install planter boxes on your deck rails and select a few favorite vegetables or herbs. Another trending option is to create a wall garden with small plants hung independently or on small shelves at different levels. Whatever you choose, you’ll have fresh fare just steps from your kitchen.

Renovate the patio area

If your home has a concrete patio in addition to or in place of a deck, start by applying a coat of concrete stain to give the space new life. Concrete stain is affordable and readily available at home improvement stores. This DIY weekend project will have dramatic visual results.

Next, dress up the patio with new furniture. Comfort is key whether you’re relaxing after a long week of work or hosting a neighborhood barbecue with slews of guests. If you have existing furniture that is still in good shape, you can refresh the style with a fresh coat of outdoor paint and new cushions.

Enhance your patio facelift by adding solar lighting along pathways. Not only does this illuminate the night for safe and easy access, it adds a soft glow that beautifies the yard. Add even more drama by highlighting landscape features of note – such as fountains, flowerbeds and statues – with hardscape lighting.

One outdoor living trend that continues to gain interest is the addition of pergolas to outdoor spaces. Typically installed on patios and low-level decks, pergolas provide a gorgeous focal point that adds a touch of shade in sunny places. Dress up a plain pergola with Deckorators postcovers and vine plants that grow upward throughout the season to provide additional levels of shade.

Express your style

No matter what outdoor home improvements you plan to make this year, embrace your own style. Especially when entertaining, you want your spaces to express who you are. Visit www.deckorators.com for more inspiration on how to create or update a deck.

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don’t pretend you’re someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don’t threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don’t insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the ‘Report’ link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.
  • 9 Don’t be a troll.
  • 10 Don’t reveal personal information about other commenters. You may reveal your own personal information, but we advise you not to do so.
  • 11 We reserve the right, at our discretion, to monitor, delete or choose not to post any comment. This may include removing or monitoring posts that we believe violate the spirit or letter of these rules, or that we otherwise determine at our discretion needs to be monitored, not posted, or deleted.

Welcome to the discussion.



Your News

News for the community, by the community.

Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists