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Design an Outdoor Entertaining Space

April 24, 2013 / News

When the weather is warm and beautiful, you shouldn’t have to stay inside. Livable homes have outdoor spaces that allow the family to flow from indoors to outside easily and seamlessly. Whether it is a deck, a screened porch or a patio, your outdoor living spaces should be a part of your overall design, not just an after thought.

An outdoor living space can increase the resale value of your home, but think before you start making a trip to Lowe’s. If you’re doing more than just picking out a new patio set, you’ll want to consult a professional to design and build the space. You’ll need to consider the direction of the sun, building codes and homeowners association restrictions, traffic flow of walkways, drainage plains and more. Plus, a professional remodeler can help you choose high quality and durable products for low maintenance living.

Here are some popular trends to help you build your dream outdoor living space:

Fireplaces and Fire Pits

Just like a fireplace in your living room, an outdoor fire pit creates a cozy hearth for family and friends to gather round. Plus, we all know how chilly nights can be in Southwest Virginia even during the summer. Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits allow you to spend more time outside in all three seasons.

 Outdoor Fire Pit

Screened Porches

Even though bugs and mosquitoes aren’t quite as lethal in the summer here in the mountains like they are at the beach, sometimes pesky bugs can make outdoor entertaining a nuisance! A screened porch can help reduce the flying varmints, but also provide shelter during a brief afternoon shower. That way you can stay outdoors longer, even in the rain. Installing fans can also bring a breeze into the space to keep you comfortable during the heat of the day.

screened porches

Durable and Low Maintenance Products

The time and cost to maintain a wood deck can be a pain in the neck each summer. So more and more homeowners are looking for alternative products that are durable and low maintenance. Eco-friendly wood-alternative outdoor living products combine lasting beauty and performance, and vinyl or Hardie-plank siding products can also provide low maintenance solutions.

Durable products

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