Summer is the perfect time to create an inviting outdoor space for your home. The possibilities are endless when it comes to sprucing up your yard, deck, patio or balcony. Here are some considerations to keep in mind before you get started.


Function

First, decide how you want to use your space. Do you want a place to share with friends and family or to enjoy in privacy? Will you use it to sunbathe, read, cook, dine, entertain, garden or something else?


Theme

Choose a theme to give your outdoor living space a cohesive look. Consider the space’s intended use, your home’s style and décor and popular aesthetics and themes in your region. You may want a sleek, minimalist look for an urban balcony or rustic, natural features for a vacation lake home.


Amenities

Think about what features you may want to add to your space. Furniture, umbrellas, awnings, ceiling fans, lighting, speakers, privacy screens, grills, firepits, bars and more can turn boring, bland and uncomfortable spaces into true outdoor oases.

Enjoying your own outdoor space is one of the great pleasures of homeownership. Hopefully, these ideas will help you make the most of yours.