What Should I Add to My Outdoor Living Space?

More and more families are finding that entertaining at home beats going out for a variety of reasons. Using your own space for gatherings, there’s no strict start time or end time like there tends to be when you go to a public establishment, and there are simply more comfort aspects for guests & hosts. If you are planning to update your outdoor living space so you can do more hosting, these tips from the experts at Texas Custom Exteriors will help you create an area you are sure to love. 

Add a deck or patio

Depending on how your home is set up, you should be able to add either a deck or a patio if you don’t have one already. Sometimes homeowners get caught up in looking at pictures of elaborate outdoor spaces and put off having their own built because they think can’t afford something over-the-top. Don’t let your budget stop you from installing a deck or a patio! It is possible to create a beautiful outdoor living area at an affordable price if you work with the right local professional.

Make sure there is shade

Even if you’re a sun worshipper, there are sure to be plenty of people in your life who would rather be shaded from the sun’s rays. Furthermore, if you have little ones in your household, you don’t want them playing in direct UV light for very long. Adding a shaded area to your outdoor living space allows everyone to enjoy it to the fullest. There are several ways you can go about creating a shade structure. A retractable awning is a great option because it can be pulled back at night or for sunbathing. You might also want to consider turning part of your deck or patio into a screened in room where people can retreat if they want to get out of the sun. 

Think about your lifestyle

Before you can decide what amenities are necessary for your upgraded outdoor living area, you should spend some time thinking about your lifestyle. The activities your family enjoys are likely to dictate where your money will be best spent as you update the exterior of your house. If, for example, you have kids who love swimming and you regularly find yourself at your town’s local pool, installing an above ground pool of your own is a cost-effective and fun option. If, however, your outdoor gatherings typically center around food, a fully functional outdoor kitchen might be a priority for you. 

No matter where you live, outdoor space is key to enjoying your house. Adding updates, such as decks, patios, and special amenities, is the “icing on the cake” so to speak. Remember, though, you don’t have to spend a fortune to love your outdoor living area. The most important thing is to prioritize the things you know your family will use and spend your money wisely. When you’re ready to upgrade the outdoor living space of your Texas home, contact us at Texas Custom Exteriors! 210-691-9300

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