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Summertime Livin'

Summer is here and your outdoor living spaces are going to be more popular than ever! After this crazy year of being cooped up I wouldn’t be surprised if you decided to sleep under the stars all summer long! Outdoor living spaces are growing in popularity. Homeowners who want to capitalize on this trend can do so in various ways.

These great ways will help to keep you outside and improve you yard for entertaining. Not to mention. adding outdoor living spaces can also be sound investments for homeowners looking to improve the resale value of their properties. According to Remodeling magazine’s 2017 Cost vs. Value report, outdoor living spaces returned between 55 and 71 percent of homeowners’ initial investments at resale.

So, when planning an outdoor living space, homeowners with ample backyards have much to work with. However, to make the most of the space while simultaneously hoping to get as strong a return on their investments as possible, homeowners should look to create spaces that offer broad appeal and are not too personalized. The following are some popular outdoor living space features homeowners may want to consider.

Outdoor kitchens:

Outdoor kitchens allow homeowners to prepare more than just traditional backyard barbecue fare. A standalone charcoal grill in the backyard might get the job done, but a built-in gas grill complete with burners and surrounding granite countertop makes for a more functional outdoor entertaining space. Just because you may want to keep it simple, doesn’t mean you have to cook over an open flame. This snazzy set-up from Kalamazoo Gourmet features a powerful Artisan pizza oven for making Neapolitan-style pies, stainless steel cabinetry, wrapped in wood, a fridge & a barbecue.


Indoor entertaining areas often include bars, so it makes sense that homeowners want to include a place to prepare and serve beverages to their guests. Homeowners with room in their budgets may want to install wet bars where they can rinse mixers, glasses and other items needed to prepare drinks for their guests.

Warming features:

Features that can keep homeowners and their guests warm after the sun sets include outdoor fireplaces and firepits. Such features can provide a focal point in the backyard while also extending the outdoor living season into autumn and even early winter. We like the unique look of this Pyro Tower Chiminea [$585] with built-in wood storage.

Porch space:

Homeowners with bigger front yards than backyards may want to expand or open their porch spaces to create more space outside. Porch swings and outdoor couches provide a great place to relax, and porch spaces are covered, meaning homeowners can continue to enjoy time outside even when it begins to rain.


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