It’s finally spring- on the calendar at least. And although this winter it feels like the cold won’t quit, warmer New England weather will be here soon. If you’re not excited about spending time in your back yard, you should stop and ask yourself why not. Is it boring? Is it uncomfortable? It doesn’t have to be. Enhanced outdoor living spaces can transform your back yard into a place you and your family and friends enjoy spending time together. Here are some design ideas for your next home remodeling project.
A deck creates a comfortable place to relax outdoors and a new entrance to the deck from the kitchen makes entertaining easy, while making your interior living space feel larger. While most traditional decks are typically made from wood, there are many composite decking materials available that increase longevity, reduce maintenance and look great. Or for a more contemporary look concrete decks allow for interesting and colorful designs.
- Consider a single-layer deck on the ground floor for easy access to both indoors and the backyard that’s perfect for cookouts and family get-togethers.
- If the back yard is sloped or uneven, you can create a raised deck to make the most of your space with traditional railings and steps.
Enhance the rear entrance to your home or create a new one with a covered screened-in porch. It’s the ideal solution to staying out of the sun and keeping those pesky mosquitoes at bay while still enjoying the outdoors. If you have children, the porch creates an ideal boundary while giving them a fun place to play in warm New England weather. Complete the space with water-resistant flooring, outdoor furniture, ceiling fan and flat screen television.