Want to save lots of money? Right now is the perfect time to shop for new patio furniture. The stores have their entire patio selections on sale as they are making way for snow blowers…gasp! I understand that shopping for patio furniture is fun for some, and stressful for others. Most people assume that shopping for outdoor tables and chairs is just like shopping for new fixtures for the inside of your home. This is partially true, but there are some very important things to consider when dealing with the outdoors. Here are my three items that I take with me whenever I go patio shopping.
One of the most popular additions to the backyard is the outdoor fire pit with seating around it. Having an area for entertaining that is separate to the patio table has been featured in magazines, websites and all types of social media. Even the designs that I’ve been doing for homes in downtown areas seem to always include high-end wood or gas burning fixtures.
So when Claudia White, my editor, sent me a pick of her backyard space (pre-makeover), it made perfect sense to highlight some of the things you may not have thought about when setting up your own backyard hearth.
The question of the day is how much does landscaping really impact the value of your home? When it comes to the outdoors, spending money on renovations has never been so important or so confusing.
To make it simple, think about your property like a three-course meal. The front yard is the appetizer. It sets the stage for the dinner and hopefully leaves your guests anticipating more. The house is definitely the meat and potatoes of your property. It is the substance of the meal. Finally, the backyard, which like the dessert course, finishes the space.
Whether you’re having guests over for dinner or trying to impress potential buyers, people naturally start forming an opinion of your home from the moment they see it. That said, you only get one chance to make a first impression.