After being cooped up all winter, spring seems like it is finally arriving. You may be venturing outside and realizing your outdoor spaces could use some sprucing up. A custom deck or patio to compliment the style of your home can add curb appeal, add useable living and entertaining space, and add to the resale value of your home. Outdoor kitchens are becoming more popular as well. This can turn an outdoor space from a run-of-the-mill, everyday backyard into a high end retreat that will be the envy of the neighborhood. One thing to consider when dreaming up your ideal outdoor space is how much use it will get throughout the year. To maximize use in areas with colder weather, consider at least partially covering the outdoor space through use of an awning, pergola, or roof overhang.
Other features that can add architectural interest to your outdoor space include: a gazebo, a garden trellis, or an outbuilding. Remember, you want to bring focus to the natural beauty of your yard (mature trees, ponds, lake views, etc.) and enhance your outdoor living space at the same time. Allow your outdoor space to compliment the landscape, and then add more greenery and living beauty to let nature enhance your outdoor space. Potted plants or built in flower beds on a deck or patio are an easy design feature to let the eye flow seamlessly from house to yard. Once you have your dream outdoor space, you can spend your time relaxing, entertaining, and enjoying.