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How To Upgrade Your Outdoor Home Spaces


Enhancing your home’s outdoor spaces not only promotes fun and relaxation but also adds significant value to your home. From installing captivating patios and refreshing pools to designing inviting outdoor kitchens and lush gardens, upgrading your outdoor activity areas can transform your property into a haven of comfort and style.

In this blog post, we’ll share ideas to help you upgrade your outdoor spaces and maximize both your enjoyment and the value of your home. And if you’re considering buying or selling a home with exceptional outdoor features, be sure to connect with the experienced agents at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate who can guide you through the process and help you achieve your real estate goals.

Create a Welcoming Patio

Upgrade your outdoor living area by creating a welcoming patio. Start by selecting high-quality furniture that combines comfort and style, such as plush seating with weather-resistant cushions and durable dining set for al fresco meals. Add a touch of charm with decorative elements like potted plants, hanging lanterns, or vibrant outdoor rugs. Consider installing a pergola or retractable awning to provide shade and create a cozy atmosphere. With a well-designed patio, you’ll have the perfect space to relax, read a book, or host intimate gatherings, all while adding value to your home.

What type of patio furniture is best for you? We’ll help you find the answer.

Dive into Refreshing Poolside Bliss

Transform your backyard into a personal oasis by adding a refreshing pool. Whether you opt for an in-ground or above-ground pool, this water feature will instantly elevate your outdoor space and add value to your home. Surround the pool area with comfy lounge chairs, colorful umbrellas, and stylish side tables for a resort-style look and feel. Enhance the ambiance by incorporating decorative elements such as cascading waterfalls, vibrant mosaic tiles, or a poolside cabana. With a pool, you’ll have endless opportunities for fun, exercise, and cooling off during hot summer days.

Psst, make a splash with these pool party ideas!


Craft an Inviting Outdoor Bar and Kitchen

Take your culinary skills outside with an inviting outdoor kitchen! You can add value to your home by installing a built-in grill, sink, and countertop for food preparation and cooking. Incorporate a mini-fridge, storage cabinets, and a food prep area to make outdoor dining a breeze. A bar counter or a cozy seating area will give guests a place to gather as you fire up the barbeque. Complete the space with a tiki hut-style roof, ambient lighting, comfortable seating, and lush greenery to create an outdoor oasis where everyone can enjoy delicious meals and fun conversations.

We asked a pro for the best tips when building an outdoor kitchen.

Cultivate a Tranquil Garden

Embrace the serenity of nature by cultivating a tranquil (yet thriving!) garden. Start by designating a portion of your outdoor space for blooming flowers, fragrant herbs, or even a vegetable patch. Then choose various plants that thrive in your climate and arrange them in aesthetically pleasing patterns or raised beds. Add whimsical garden decor like bird feeders, wind chimes, and stepping stones to create a peaceful atmosphere. A well-tended garden will not only provide beauty but also offer a sanctuary for relaxation and meditation while adding value to your home.

Read more tips on how to spruce up your garden before selling.


Unwind in a Cozy Fire Pit Area

Create a cozy outdoor gathering spot by adding a fire pit to your backyard. The fire pit design should complement your overall home aesthetic, whether it’s a traditional stone pit or a sleek modern design. Surround the area with comfortable seating, such as Adirondack chairs or cushioned benches, allowing guests to cozy up and enjoy the warmth of the fire. Soft lighting, string lights, or lanterns will add to the ambiance. With a fire pit area, you can gather with loved ones, roast marshmallows, and create cherished memories late into the evening.

We have 10 firepit seating ideas to create a cozy gathering spot.


Revitalize Your Lush Lawn

Give your outdoor space a fresh and vibrant look by revitalizing your lawn. Start by removing any weeds, aerating the soil, and reseeding if necessary. Regularly mow and water the lawn to maintain a lush green appearance. You can add decorative elements like flower beds, ornamental shrubs, or a stepping stone pathway to enhance the visual appeal. Consider installing outdoor lighting along the perimeter of the lawn to extend its usability into the evening hours. With a revitalized lawn, you’ll have a beautiful canvas for outdoor activities, picnics, or simply lounging with a good book.

Read more of our private backyard landscape ideas.


Embrace Relaxation with a Cabana

With a garden or pool cabana, you’ll have the perfect spot for peaceful meditation, yoga sessions, or enjoying a nap on lazy afternoons. This charming structure offers shade and privacy, allowing you to unwind and escape. Choose a design that complements your home’s overall aesthetic, whether it’s a rustic wooden cabana or a modern fabric canopy. Decorate the space with comfortable seating, plush cushions, and breezy curtains. Add a small table for your favorite books or refreshing beverages.

We have more DIY cabana ideas to create a shady oasis.


Upgrading your outdoor activity spaces will not only help enhance your lifestyle but also add significant value to your home. These outdoor improvements create additional living spaces that are perfect for entertaining, relaxation, and creating lasting memories with family and friends.

If you’re in search of a new home that already has these ideal outdoor features or if you’re considering selling your current home, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate can assist you every step of the way. Our experienced agents have the knowledge and expertise to help you find the perfect home that aligns with your (outdoor living) aspirations or to market your current property to attract potential buyers who value these outdoor amenities.

Learn more about how Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate can assist you in buying or selling a home with exceptional indoor/outdoor spaces. Our agents are committed to helping you find a home that not only meets your indoor living needs but also fulfills your outdoor lifestyle desires.

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