With Spring upon us and the weather warming up, it is time to start thinking about your outdoor living space. Whether you already have an existing space or are in the process of building one, there are some must haves to consider when designing your outdoor living area to be as comfortable and convenient as your indoor one.
Extending your living space and maximizing your square footage is not only great for entertaining, but helps to bolster your home’s value. With the seasonally gorgeous weather in New Jersey, many new home owners are making tough choices based not only on the interior of the home, but the availability of outdoor living space.
One of the most popular features that home owners are opting for is a hardscaped patio over the traditional outdoor deck. Many say that having a patio is less restricting than a more traditional deck. As well, the ability to extend your existing patio at any time is much less cumbersome than making changes to a structured deck.
Hardscaped patios can be made of many types of concrete that last for years. Allowing various designs and built-ins, not only for aesthetic effect, but also to add many conveniences such as cooking spaces, outdoor fireplaces, and even garden paths. Stamped concrete is a very popular option, increasing the individuality of the space.
Along with the hardscaped patio, the addition of outdoor cooking spaces has become paramount to outdoor living. Many homeowners are opting for outdoor kitchen areas, complete with built-in grills, sink areas, and refrigeration. These areas can be as robust and custom as homeowners want them to be.
Homeowners more and more are opting for a built-in grill with counter tops for preparation and entertainment. Granite counter tops are not only durable in all weather, but they look exquisite against the hardscaping patio and backdrops. Along with grills, homeowners are completing their outdoor space with a more complete kitchen. Adding sinks and under-counter refrigeration, even icemakers and mini bars to make entertaining easier and more complete.
Outdoor living spaces are also seeing increases in covered areas. Covering your patio, or a portion of it, allows for use three-fourths of the year. A great example of such partially covered outdoor space can be seen in the new construction at 121 Deerfield Dr – Tenafly. It also adds for increased amenities and customization. Adding a flat screen, audio/visual system, comfortable seating, and overhead fans are popular perks to these outdoor spaces.
Covered outdoor spaces also allow for an extension of your patio hardscape. These spaces can be used for entertainment or family time. By taking the living space outdoor, you are extending your home’s functional square footage and value, while being able to enjoy New Jersey’s beautiful seasons.
The final must have for your outdoor space is a fireplace or open fire pit(s). These features allow for additional time and usage of your outdoor living space. Fire pits are an easy way to update your current patio space. Adding some seating around these fire features will allow your family and friends to enjoy your patio space day and night. Evening aperitifs by the fire are a great way to end a beautiful New Jersey day.
New Jersey’s gorgeous weather is an asset to all of us. The ability to treat your outdoor space as a living area not only increases your home’s value, but allows you to enjoy the beauty of your home indoor and out year-round.
Adding hardscape patio space, a covered living space, built-in grills and refrigeration, along with fire features are all positive additions to your home. These features are all things that new home buyers are looking for and deem as great assets to their purchase.
Fresh air, comfort and an extension of your living space are all additional assets to increasing your homes outdoor living space.