3 Ways to Transform Your Outdoor Space

Three easy and inexpensive ways to get started turning your outdoor space into an inviting destination.

Guest Post by Rob Wachter

Summer is the time to enjoy early morning sunrises with a hot (or iced) cup of coffee, relaxing barbeques with family and friends, and, of course, late night S’mores around the fire pit with the kids.

Who doesn’t love taking the party outside?

It’s no surprise outdoor living areas are trendier than bell-bottom pants in the ‘70s. People enjoy being outside and want to maximize every possible creature comfort a home might offer. As a result, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces and comfortable design schemes have become the norm for architects and designers.

Even if your outdoor space doesn’t feel very inviting, or you don’t have thousands to invest, don’t let that stop you. Here are three easy and inexpensive ways to get started turning your outdoor space into an inviting destination.

Comfortable Seating

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You’d be surprised how comfortable seating will draw people outside. Try installing a hanging swing bench and picking up some Adirondack furniture (or build it yourself). You might consider painting the furniture with bright colors to splash up the area.

Mood Lighting

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There’s no substitute for the moon and stars, but don’t underestimate the importance of adding your own mood lighting when it comes to creating an inviting atmosphere. Candle lanterns hung from the ceiling or placed on tables or railings is all you need. They are inexpensive, easy to move, and have no wires. You can also use solar powered party torches for lighting.

Fire Pit

As the evening winds down and it starts getting dark, people love staying outside if there’s a fire. If you don’t have an outdoor fireplace, a simple fire pit is a great alternative. Use paver patio blocks to build their own fire pit. If that’s not your style, just pick up a portable one and call it good.

Guest Blogger Rob Wachter is the Inbound Marketing Manager for Coldwell Banker Bain. You can read more posts by Rob on Fences and Flowers.

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Lindsay is the the Senior Manager of Media Engagement for Coldwell Banker Real Estate and manages the brand’s media and social media department. She is also a licensed real estate professional. In 2017, she was named a top 20 social influencer in the real estate industry in the annual Swanepoel 200 power rankings.

Lindsay lives in Livingston, NJ with her college sweetheart and now husband Joe and recently welcomed another Joe into her life as she became a mom in June 2016. Lindsay and her two Joes love spending their time playing with their cat Rory, watching sports and vacationing in Cape Cod.

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