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OK, so the economy’s got you down.  Maybe you’d like to move to your dream house, but the market to sell your existing home stinks right now.  Maybe you just need a place to de-stress easily.  Why not make your current home your dream home?  Create a place to de-stress.   Sure, indoor renovations are great, but as we get closer to Spring consider what you might be able to do outside.  

When that warm weather comes–actually, here in NC we are enjoying temps this week around 70 degrees–wouldn’t you like to be able to hang out with friends and family outdoors?

A landscape designer can help you design an outdoor space for cooking, dining, playing or whatever you’d like to do.

Stone kitchen with pergola

Stone kitchen with pergola

 

Consider kitchens.  

 These can be elaborate with many built-in appliances or very simple with just space for a barbeque grill. 

Functionality is as important for outdoor kitchens as for those indoors.  Imagine being able to cook an entire meal outdoors while you hang out with your guests.  

 

 

 

 

 

What about dining space?   Perhaps a table with an umbrella is all you need, but consider covering your table with a  pergola with an outdoor chandelier.  Or maybe a rain-proof pavilion with both cooking and dining areas.  A ceiling over your table, created by a structure, umbrella or trees can bring a comfortable human scale to your space.

Pergola covering dining area with outdoor chandelier.

Pergola covering dining area with outdoor chandelier.

Patio with firepit and seating wall.

Patio with firepit and seating wall.

Sitting areas are important.  Just some comfortable chairs for lounging or maybe some seating walls around a patio.  Outdoor fireplaces or firepits are fun and can really extend your outdoor seasons.

 

 

 

 

Of course pools are always an option.  There are many bells and whistles you can add to any type of pool you like.  Lounging areas with shallow water, fun slides, water fountains, jets and falls.

Dragonfly shaped pool with water jets.
Dragonfly shaped pool with water jets.

How about play areas for kids?   Think beyond slides and swings.  How about a zip line?  Or if you have a great hill, a tunnel slide made from a large drain pipe?  All of these can be integrated into the landscape.

There are so many things you can do to improve your outdoor living space.   Start work on it now and you can enjoy Spring even more!

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