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How to Integrate Outdoor Living Space Into Your Home – Outdoor living space integrated into the home lifestyle is becoming increasingly popular. Many homeowners desire outdoor entertainment spaces such as a comfortable sitting area, outdoor bar, and dining room, full kitchen or fire pit. Others are looking for that backyard oasis to relax at the end of a hectic day, a peaceful connection to nature with indoor comforts seamlessly brought outside.

With summer on its way you may be wondering if outdoor living upgrades would benefit you so here are a few of the advantages of merging your indoor and outdoor living:

Seamless transition from indoor to outdoor

Outdoor living space has been used throughout history and is making a comeback in modern design, specifically as applied to the home as a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor living. The open space and views of nature are appealing to all ages and bring a refreshing, peaceful atmosphere to your home. The seamless transition allows more natural light and can be accomplished by using features such as sliding glass doors, extending the indoor flooring to the outdoor space and using a color theme.

Entertaining with ease

One of the perks of blending indoor with outdoor living is the ease of entertainment with the added space and access. For example, having an outdoor kitchen with everything you need to serve and a dining area simplifies serving guests, it makes for an enjoyable experience. Because you have everything right where you need it, family and friends won’t have to keep going in and out of the house.

Health benefits with nature

The research is endless on the health benefits of being in nature and most people can tell of the good feeling just from being out in the garden or a walk in the park. Outdoor living space that feels like an extension of the home promotes contact with nature as much of the time that we spend indoors can comfortably be in the outdoor space. Considering that the average American spends 90% of their time indoors, even an hour or two a day in outdoor living space is beneficial to your health. Contact with nature is known to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and release muscle tension, just to name a few.

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How to Integrate Outdoor Living Space Into Your Home

Add value to your home

That seamless blending of indoor and outdoor living is attractive to home buyers; well-planned outdoor living space addition can add significant value and appeal to your home. Finally, here are a few ideas:

  • Patios are one of the most sought-after features home buyers, and while they can be expensive to install can give you a better than 100% return. Also, if you have an existing deck, refinishing and repairing it is can give an even higher return. Consider an upgrade to lighting, this is inexpensive and can boost appeal.
  • The outdoor kitchen is a popular addition, it is especially desirable if you have a favorable climate for outdoor gatherings. When selling the home you’re likely to break even, or even make a profit, on your investment while adding a significant attraction. Be sure that you plan enough counter space for the ease of serving guests. Avoid extra items such as a wood-fired pizza oven, that many homebuyers won’t value, as the return on those investments is likely to be low.
  • The fire pit is a classic gathering place for friends and family. Constructed attractively, with maybe stone or modern materials and enough seating for all to enjoy, it can be the perfect touch for a back yard. Expected to return up to 80% of your investment, it’s an inexpensive way to add attraction. Be sure to give enough space from structures to safely have a fire and check if you need city permits.

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