Upgrade Your Outdoor Living Space On A Budget

Posted by Trent Corbin on Monday, August 6th, 2018 at 4:55pm.

Create a beautiful and enjoyable outdoor living space without breaking the bank.

As a homeowner, your backyard should be a place you can go to escape the hustle and bustle of your everyday life and relax while enjoying the beautiful (almost) year-round weather we’re blessed with here in the Carolinas.

If you are less than pleased with the appearance and feel of your outdoor living space, it can make “escaping”, “relaxing”, and “enjoying” difficult. Could it be time for an upgrade?

It is easy to put off making changes to your outdoor living space until both time and money are on your side, but don’t wait!

Not only could a few updates to your backyard improve your quality of life as a homeowner, they could also increase your home’s value and turn your backyard into a huge selling point!

Outdoor living space improvements can range is size and cost.

We’re not suggesting you add a couple feet on to your deck, put in a pool with a water slide, and redo your entire landscaping. In fact, we’re suggesting you do a few smaller scale updates that won’t break the bank but will give your outdoor living space a refreshed look and feel.

Here are some of the ways you can make the upgrade:

1. Keep up with yard maintenance

We know, sometimes it’s tough to keep up with how fast your yard grows, but there is nothing quite as visually appealing and satisfying than a fresh cut lawn, trimmed shrubs, and cleaned out beds. If you do it yourself, a day or two of regular maintenance every month shouldn’t cost you much at all.  

2. Spread fresh mulch (or pine straw, gravel, rocks, sand, etc)

Whatever it is you have to cover your garden beds, order some new stuff and take a day to spread it. Materials such as mulch, pine straw, gravel, rocks, sand etc not only help your beds retain moisture, suppress weeds, and keeps the soil cool, they make your garden beds look more attractive. Something so simple can really go a long way.   

3. Install outdoor lighting

There’s really no telling what a few creative and inexpensive outdoor lighting features can do for the ambiance of your outdoor space:

  • Cluster a few decorative lanterns around your space for a warm and welcoming touch.

  • Hang a weather resistant chandelier from your pergola or covered patio over a table to create an elegant dining atmosphere.

  • Candles provide a soft, romantic glow–perfect for setting the mood. While lighting on steps and walkways is smart and often the easiest to install yourself!

  • Also popular are the hanging strands of lights!


4. Liven things up with a few plants

You don’t need a green thumb to bring some life to your outdoor living space. (Though if you lack gardening skills it might be best to stick with some potted plants for now.)

A fresh herb garden is never a bad idea for first-time growers. Just think, you’ll have fresh herbs for cooking conveniently located in your backyard and most herb plants serve as a bug deterrents too! (Win, win, win!)

Palms and ferns are also great low maintenance plant options. Try finding colorful planters and pots to add a bit of your original flair to your outdoor area.    

5. Invest in new patio furniture

Over time the weather can really wear on your outdoor patio furniture. If this is the case for you, it may be time to invest in some new items. Great patio furniture brings comfort and function to your outdoor space.

Consider what purpose you would like your outdoor living area to serve (cocktail hour mingling, summer BBQ entertaining, or fall afternoon napping?) From there you might choose a long lounge couch, a sturdy dining table, or a few hammocks.

Whatever you decide to go with, invest in quality, weather resistant pieces to keep them fresh over time!

Select from one, two, or all of the previously listed upgrades to elevate both the look and feel of your outdoor living space. Not only will you, the homeowner further enjoy your time spent outdoors, any house guests (or interested home buyers if you’re selling) you have over will be envious of your backyard sanctuary.

Upgrading your outdoor living space is just one way to increase the value of your home. Interested in a few more upgrades to increase value?

Once you’ve completed a few home improvements you might be wondering what your home is worth. If you’re curious about your home’s value in today’s market, receive a Free Comparative Market Analysis here.


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