5 Ways to Improve Your Outdoor Living Space

Although it’s fall, and winter seems like it is rapidly approaching, now is a great time start planning your improved outdoor living space with your remodeling company. Whether it’s a major home remodeling project or you just want to spruce up your entertaining space, improving your porch, patio or deck is a wise home renovation. These types of projects take time to plan, design, and build, and getting started with the right design build company now can help you get that perfect outdoor space for you and your lifestyle in place for next summer.

5 Ways to Improve Your Outdoor Living Space

Add an Outdoor Kitchen

An outdoor kitchen can be as simple as a grill and work area, or can offer all of the elegance and functionality of a typical kitchen. Depending on how much you entertain and if you enjoy outdoor cooking, consider a grill with a burner or two for pots, a pizza oven, a refrigerator and an ice maker. Don’t forget about some storage space for tools and other necessities for your outdoor space. There are many natural stone products that are well-suited for being outside year-round, so adding a countertop with a bar area is a great way to have both prep space and space for entertaining.

Build a Deck or a Farmers Porch

With today’s wide range of beautiful low or no maintenance decking materials, its more practical than ever to create amazing entertaining spaces outside of the home, without committing to a maintenance nightmare.  New technology enables you to create two outdoor spaces with a second story deck by using the deck frame to create a roof above the space below it, giving you a new space to use for rainy days.

Screen in Your Porch

If you have a porch you enjoy until the bugs come out, consider screening in the space. A screened-in porch allows for a more enjoyable dining experience. Because a screened-in porch requires a roof, you can add lighting and a ceiling fan to make the space more useable than ever before.  The first step of the process is to make sure the frame and foundation of the porch or deck is suitable to carry a roof load.  If you don’t get the frame designed properly before getting started you could end up having to tear it all down and start over again.  A qualified design build company could handle this for you.

Build a Fire-pit

During our cool early summer and fall nights, a firepit can make your backyard the place to be. You’ll enjoy gathering with neighbors and family around the warmth and beauty of your fire-pit. There are a wide variety of different types of fire-pits, ranging from a stone unit integrated with a patio to metal ones that can be designed to work safely on a deck with the proper clearances to combustibles. Be sure to have your fire-pit designed correctly so you can enjoy it worry free.

Add Curb Appeal with a Portico

Most homes were originally built without putting a lot of thought (or money) into the front entrance, often settling for little more than a set of concrete stairs and a iron handrail.  By adding a well designed portico with the right proportions and reflection of the existing roof lines, you can dramatically increase the “curb appeal” of your home.  A second benefit of a Portico is to create a space to house the boots and jackets that might otherwise clutter up that part of the house.

Outdoor living space is a great way to enhance your home. It also is one of the few home improvements that, according to a recent National Association of Realtors survey, homebuyers will pay a premium for. G.M. Roth Design Remodeling can help you plan and build your screened porch, outdoor kitchen or just about any other home remodeling project you’re looking to do. Call us to schedule your no-obligation consultation at (603) 880-3761.

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