Many homeowners want to extend the square footage of their home, but they often overlook the opportunities that a patio presents. With a few small patio upgrades, you can easily turn your backyard into a cozy gathering spot. Here are five ways to take your patio to the next level:
1. Add Lights
“Twinkle lights,” as many call them, help to create an ambiance so that you can have a date night in your own backyard. String lights also do a great job of illuminating outdoor spaces after dark. They’re easy to install and low-cost. Check out some options on Amazon.
2. Create An Outdoor Living Room
Who says your living room has to be inside? You can purchase all-weather furniture or roll up your sleeves and do a fun DIY construction project, like this Outdoor Sofa. Comfy cushions, colorful pillows and an outdoor rug can really bring the space together and add some personality.
3. Put That Green Thumb to Work
Gardening is not only good for your health, plants have the power to visually transform a patio. According to Healthline, “Gardening builds strength, promotes sleep and helps you maintain a healthy weight.” Additionally, it helps your body fight disease, protects your memory and boosts mood.
There are a couple of gardening options that are patio-friendly, including raised garden beds, herb gardens and regular planters. Raised garden beds can be a great way to grow your own produce. Imagine just having to step onto your patio to grab the cucumber you need for dinner or the fresh tomatoes for your salad. Herb gardens allow you to use fresh herbs in your dishes and they’re also pleasing to look at.
According to Costa Farms, some of the plants that thrive in warm Florida weather are Lillygrass, Pentas, African Bush Daisy, Mexican Petunia, Firecracker Flower, Chinese Fringe Flower, Rosy Periwinkle, Foxtail Fern, Crepe Myrtle and African Iris.
4. Invest in a Fire Pit
Is there anything more relaxing than sitting by a fire? Fire pits provide a place for you and your loved ones to cook hotdogs, smores and more. They also offer another source of light for when you’d like to sit outside after dark.
As it turns out, sitting in front of a fire can actually be good for your health. A study conducted at the University of Alabama tested adults and found that looking at fire and the sounds of crackling logs actually “produced reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressure.”
5. Install a Pergola
By covering your patio with a pergola, you can really enjoy your fire pit, garden and outdoor living room. Pergola covers add shade and protection while still allowing for fresh air to flow through the patio year-round.
Pergolas are cost-effective patio upgrades that will keep your outdoor furniture safe from the elements and extend their life.
Are you ready to start creating a comfortable patio? Give Conner Exteriors a call today for a free, no-pressure estimate on your pergola or shade structure project.