Posted & filed under New Home News, Tips.

tips for an inviting outdoor living areaAfter so many months of cold weather, we are firmly in the middle of summer. Summertime brings longer nights, warmer weather, and a desire to enjoy the Colorado outdoors as often as possible. Creating more living space outdoors, whether on a deck or a patio, gives you a chance to enjoy the Colorado summer.

 

Eat

No matter what the size of your outdoor space, creating a place to dine outdoors will ensure that you enjoy it more. A large table for the family can be used as a second dining room for several months, but even a small bar table with a couple of stools is nice.

After you pick out a table and chairs, think about other ways to make your outdoor dining area more comfortable; an umbrella if you have bright sunlight, and cushions if you have hard seating. A grill, whether gas or charcoal, will make outdoor dining even more fun, whether you prepare simple burgers or more elaborate meals. Almost anything can be prepared outside, from the typical meats to charred romaine hearts to grilled pineapple slices.

 

Relax

Even a small deck or patio can have a spot where you can kick your feet up and relax. A couple of Adirondack chairs with footstools invite you to curl up and read on a summer day, and a chaise lounge with cushions can be a great place for a Sunday afternoon nap. Numerous options can be found, with outdoor furnishings that flow almost seamlessly from the indoors.

If you have a spacious deck, you can even find beautiful outdoor couches that would be at home in any indoor living area. Throw pillows and cushions made with outdoor fabrics like Sunbrella will make your outdoor living areas even cozier and easier to relax into.

 

Entertain

Once you have areas outside for relaxing and dining, entertaining becomes almost effortless. Tweaking the areas with just a few touches will make opening your home up to guests for cocktails or fun a breeze. Consider adding small occasional tables near any seating, so that guests have a place to put their drinks. Make sure to have lighting around, whether strings of light or solar lanterns, so that people can enjoy themselves even as the sun fades. A fire pit can be a great gathering point for entertaining, and there are many simple options available to purchase at your local home improvement store.

Think about having some outdoor games on hand, and you can guarantee hours of fun for you and your friends. Whether you pick up a simple bocce ball set, cornhole game, or a giant Jenga meant for outdoors. Any sort of outdoor game can be fun for both kids and grownups.

 

Enjoy

Now that you have all of the ingredients for fun, get outside and enjoy your beautiful Colorado deck. Play Yard Yahtzee with your friends and family, get the kids to play flashlight tag, mix up a big container of margaritas, grill some burgers, and have a great time this summer!