Expand your Living Space into your Backyard

A beautiful, functional outdoor space can add value to your property, especially if sold during the warmer months when you can really show off the space.  You can achieve an updated, functional outdoor space through a variety of ways, allowing you to create a custom space tailored to your needs.

In order to achieve the look you are going for, you may need to gain some privacy.  You can do so by adding a fence, a privacy fence or hedges to gain privacy while adding style to your space.  If you have an existing fence, deck or shed that is looking tired you can update it with a coat of paint or stain.  This is a cost effective way to add new life to a once tired looking project.

Turn your backyard into a second living room by adding different areas for conversation and eating.  You can create a patio or a deck to help define the areas or a combination of both.  You can also create a multi-tiered deck all the while providing you with different ‘rooms’ in one.  A more cost effective solution to defining a space could be to add an outdoor area rug which you can find at many retailers of outdoor furniture.

Encourage your guests to stay awhile with some great outdoor furniture.  Outdoor furniture has come a long way.  It comes in any style you can imagine.  Not only does it look great, it is comfortable as well.  Look for durable materials to take you through numerous seasons.  You can also add colour with cushions and outdoor pillows.  The options are endless!

You can enjoy your outdoor space during sunny days, as well as rainy days, with the installation of a covered patio or gazebo.  In all different styles and sizes you are sure to find one to suit your needs.  You can even add a candle chandelier to add some ambience and style to your space!

The chef in your home will love a beautiful, functional outdoor cooking space.  The stand-alone barbeque has been replaced by a functional outdoor kitchen complete with a built-in BBQ, bar fridge, wet sink and counter space.  Talk about taking the indoors out!

Last, but not least, we come to plants.  Adding plants and flowers to your backyard adds colour and style to any outdoor space.  You can add garden beds on the ground, planters on a deck or patio or window boxes on your house or shed.  The options are endless.  Be sure to check the area a few times throughout the day to know whether the area has sun or shade or a mix of both and buy your plants accordingly for lasting beauty.  You can choose perennials (come back every year) or annuals (must be planted every year).  Many plants are low maintenance and only require regular watering to remain beautiful.

These are a few ideas on how to bring the indoors outdoors and expand your living space during the warmer months.  I hope you find some inspiration from this – even if it’s just buying a new planter for your patio.  Cheers to your next barbeque!

Have you been dreaming of creating a backyard oasis but are missing the backyard?  Give me a call today and together we will find you the perfect one!

Amy Hluchyj