Great ways to cre­ate an out­door liv­ing space

Cecil Whig - - OURCECIL -

— Whether you plan to live in your home for years to come, or have an up­com­ing list­ing on your mind, now could be a great time to cre­ate an out­door liv­ing space.

To­day more than ever, home­own­ers are seek­ing ways to max­i­mize the foot­print of their home — both in­side the four walls and out. Out­door en­vi­ron­ments can serve many pur­poses and are a perfect way to cus­tomize a space that is right for you.

As you con­sider cre­at­ing a beau­ti­ful, yet func­tional out­door area, here are some key el­e­ments to keep in mind:

Out­door kitchens are in de­mand

Whether you keep it sim­ple with a built-in grill, some counter space and a sink, or go grand with a brick pizza oven and abun­dant seat­ing at a gran­ite-topped counter, an out­door kitchen is be­com­ing a must. In fact, ac­cord­ing to Real­, home buy­ers will pay a pre­mium of more than 26 per­cent for a home with an out­door kitchen.

As with the in­door kitchen, many out­door kitchens in­clude a cook­ing area, sink, stor­age and re­frig­er­a­tion. As with your in­door kitchen, the faucet outs­die can be the perfect mar­riage of beauty and func­tion. You can find a va­ri­ety of kitchen faucets from man­u­fac­tur­ers such as Danze that ful­fill all your out­door needs. Need the abil­ity to put wa­ter ex­actly where you want it in your out­door workspace? A pull­down faucet from


Danze of­fers great looks and ex­cep­tional ver­sa­til­ity. Me­dia makes it way out­doors Many of the tech­nol­ogy won­ders you en­joy in­doors are mak­ing their way into out­door en­vi­ron­ments. From built-in flatscreen TVs that can stream video, to video gam­ing sys­tems, Wi-Fi and sur­round sound, out­door en­ter­tain­ment has gone high tech.

When­ever you’re in­cor­po­rat­ing elec­tron­ics and elec­tric­ity in an out­door en­vi­ron­ment, weather proof­ing and proper wiring are es­sen­tial. Keep these crit­i­cal as­pects in mind while plan­ning your out­door space, and de­cid­ing what me­dia you’ll in­cor­po­rate and where it will be placed. Bars are big Out­door bars, like tra­di­tional tikki bars, may in­crease your home value by nearly 14 per­cent, ac- cord­ing to Real­ Whether you’re think­ing of adding a bar in tan­dem with your out­door kitchen space, or want to sim­ply ex­pand your en­ter­tain­ing area, an out­door bar re­quires a few ba­sic el­e­ments.

A fully op­er­a­tional sink with a high-func­tion­ing bar faucet are a go-to when it comes to out­door bars. Stor­age for bev­er­ages and glass­ware, a drink chiller, ice stor­age and seat­ing can make your out­door en­ter­tain­ing area an envy in the neigh­bor­hood. Room for re­lax­ation While plenty of com­fort­able, at­trac­tive seat­ing tend to be a sig­nif­i­cant part of out­door liv­ing spa­ces, modern out­door spa­ces are re-defin­ing re­lax­ation and en­ter­tain­ment. In ad­di­tion to seat­ing and din­ing ar­eas, home­own­ers are in­cor­po­rat­ing recre­ational el­e­ments such as ping pong and bil­liards ta­bles, putting greens, hot tubs and in­fin­ity pools.

Firepits and fire­places are also pop­u­lar for adding am­biance, and de­liver the added bonus of ex­tend­ing the out­door liv­ing sea­son well into cooler months. Whether you choose to build a full-wall fire­place that dou­bles as a brick pizza oven, or stick with a more mod­est, por­ta­ble firepit, adding heat and com­fort to your out­door space can also add value (up­wards of 21 per­cent ac­cord­ing to Real­

Out­door liv­ing spa­ces of­fer a mul­ti­tude of ben­e­fits and creative op­tions. Even the sim­plest of de­signs can make a home feel larger, in­crease the prop­erty’s re­sale value and bring years of en­joy­ment.

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