Making the most out of your outdoor areas is one of the best ways to extend your home's living space. With the right furniture and accessories, it’s easy to transform your patio into a relaxing retreat that will soon become one of your home's best features.
Not sure where to start? No worries! The following patio decorating ideas will help you create a comfortable outdoor space where you can dine al fresco, entertain guests, or kick back and relax with your favorite book after a long day at work.
1. Put Comfort First
If you want to create a space where people will enjoy spending their time, simply decorating isn't enough. First and foremost, you have to make it comfortable. Start with an attractive outdoor rug that will soften the space and feel good under your feet. This is also a great way to add a pop of color and some texture to the space.
Next, add enough quality outdoor furniture, so there’s plenty of seating for you and your guests. Nobody wants to sit on rock-hard furniture, so make sure you also have enough cushions and pillows. You can make the space even cozier by bringing out some throw blankets during the cooler months. Floor pillows are another great addition. They're easy to pull out when extra guests arrive and can add another splash of color.
If you have enough room, make sure you also provide one or two places to lounge. This may be a daybed, lounge chair...
Does seeing photos of happy families relaxing on their backyard deck make you green with envy? If so, you’ll be glad to know that building a DIY deck is easier and less expensive than you think.
Not only does adding a deck expand your usable space, but it also adds measurable value to your home. While you can easily drop tens of thousands of dollars on a professional build-out, it’s not a requirement! With a little elbow grease, you can create a beautiful backyard deck that’s sure to make an impression. Follow these simple tips to build the deck of your dreams without breaking the bank.
DIY Outdoor Deck: Project Overview
How much does it cost to build a deck? Like most things, the answer to this question varies widely. Generally, to have a deck professionally installed, you can expect to pay $20 to $40 per square foot. This means that for a standard 300-square-foot deck, you’re looking at a cost of about $6,000 to $12,000. However, by doing your own labor and using some creative design tips, you can often build a deck for just a few thousand dollars.
The design and materials you choose will impact both the cost and the amount of time it will take you to build a deck. Generally, you can build a beautiful platform deck in a single weekend – especially if you can recruit a few friends to help.
The pandemic ushered in brand new interest to sprucing up back yard areas, with 82% of homeowners reporting they are more interested in updating their outdoor living spaces than ever. While outdoor entertainment is on the rise, so is the need for a cozy area on your property that will make guests feel comfortable while making your space tidier and more appealing.
Why Backyard Storage Units are a Key Investment
Protection: Whether you are protecting vehicles, gardening tools, or seasonal items, backyard storage units are an important investment in order to keep property safe from the elements as well as potential thieves. Choose reliable and durable options that hold up against Mother Nature, and you won’t have to worry about outdoor gear like a lawnmower being ruined by the rain or other inclement weather.
Storage: Without a storage solution on property, many people resort to paying monthly for a storage unit, which on average can cost somewhere around $1,800 per year. Backyard storage units can save money in the long term to eliminate the need for storage off property.
Convenience: It is simply more convenient to have belongings in your backyard as opposed to traveling to a storage unit to pick up them up. While it may cost more up front, the convenience is one huge reason to purchase a shed or garage.
Whether you're looking to sell your home or just want to freshen your home's exterior, increasing your curb appeal offers homeowners many benefits. What types of products do you need to make your house look presentable and organized? What can you do to make your home look the best so that you can maintain its value and be more marketable?
With some easy spruce-up tips and elegant products, you can make any property look better. Here are four quick ways to boost your home's curb appeal.
Curb Appeal: Why It Matters
How your house looks plays a large role in its function and value. If you have an HOA to keep up with, maintaining excellent curb appeal is especially important. Letting your home’s appearance slide can result in fines and nuisance notices. When it comes to personal enjoyment of your home, having an attractive exterior with a neat yard reduces stress and makes you more proud of your home. On top of this, a home with good curb appeal is more valuable in the real estate market.
In any neighborhood, the house with landscaping, organized sheds, and power-washed exterior looks far better than the one with overgrown weeds and junk around the yard. Thankfully, it doesn’t take a lot of time or cost thousands of dollars to fix these minor problems. By maintaining its curb appeal, you can save your home's reputation and keep its value as high as possible.
The summer season brings with it plenty of warmer weather - which means more outdoor tasks, activities, and events. And most outdoor activities require extra storage. Whether you want an easy way to keep blankets and pillows in close reach or you need to house large, bulky outdoor items you may need for the season. Where do you put it all for easy access while summer’s in full swing? This year, step up your summer storage with one of these helpful solutions to keep seasonal items always within reach.
1. Deck and Patio Storage.
Throughout the summer, your deck and patio gets a lot of action. Pool supplies, furniture cushions, and more need to be kept close by so you’re prepared for all your upcoming weekend cookouts and backyard bashes. Keep blankets and cushions on hand and ready for your next summer bash by storing them in a functional and attractive storage box like the SpaceMaker Deck Box. The Deck Box is the ultimate deck and patio storage chest. Featuring hot-dipped galvanized steel, up to 509 liters of storage space, and a charming basket weave exterior, it will keep items secure and it will add an attractive aesthetic to your backyard deck or patio space. Units come in both anthracite and espresso colors.
Now that the warm weather’s here to stay for awhile, you probably want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. But when your backyard aesthetic is less than enjoyable, it can be easy to resort to the couch. This year, create an outdoor oasis you’ll want to escape to by easily incorporating a few added essentials. Give your backyard an upgrade with these must-have deck and patio products for an organized, comfortable, and attractive outdoor space.
Nothing puts a damper on your deck and patio more than unsightly trash or clutter. Conceal any eyesore with the multi-purpose Versa-Shed! The Versa-Shed is the ultimate trash storage solution, easily concealing garbage, bins, and much more for a great looking outdoor space. With a 2-point locking system, high-quality steel materials, and a glossy onyx finish, the Versa-Shed ensures a durable and secure storage solution. Find out more about these versatile solutions here.
When it comes to Valentine’s Day, finding the perfect gift for that special someone can be tricky. While most people typically opt for the simple flowers, chocolates, and teddy bears, a gift that’s meant just for your partner shows you truly care.
For the outdoor enthusiast in your life, why not wow them with a fun and useful gift they’ll really appreciate? Whether you both enjoy camping, gardening, or simply being in nature, check out ShelterLogic’s picks for the ultimate gifts for outdoor lovers this Valentine’s Day.
Gifts for Outdoor Lovers this Valentine’s Day
For the Gardeners
Do you and your partner enjoy growing plants, flowers, herbs, produce, and more from home? Whether you’re growing beginners or planting pros, find your green thumb together with these useful and practical items for your garden.
The GrowIT Backyard Greenhouse helps extend your growing season, even in many colder regions. Provide minimal weather protection and reduce harsh UV light for healthy and efficiently grown plants. This innovative solution includes a translucent fabric that provides airflow and temperature control designed specifically for effective plant growth. With 4 ft. shelving on both sides and a high-grade steel frame that’s easy to assemble, there’s plenty of time and space for you and your partner to start planting within a month after the holiday!