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Reviving Your Patio: Creating an Outdoor Space Worthy of Your Home

By Alicia Murphy | June 21, 2012

Unless you had an unlimited budget when purchasing a home you probably had some items that you were forced to settle with. Perhaps you wanted a bigger kitchen or living space but compromised in order to find a nice home within your target price range. Whatever the case increasing your satisfaction with your home, a smart move for many homeowners in today's sluggish real estate market, can often be accomplished by tweaking your existing features. One way to increase your home's living space without adding walls is to rehab a patio or outdoor space.

Updating your patio area can be almost like adding a whole new room to your home. It can be used for relaxing, entertaining or even as a spare yoga space closer to nature. Whatever your ambitions you can often rehabilitate your patio for much less money than adding a deck or screened room, and it can often be accomplished in a day. That means that you could be strolling the isles of a home improvement store in the morning and entertaining friends in your new space by night fall.

There have been some colorful trends in patio furniture and improvement projects recently. For instance, Colored Concrete Patio Pavers add depth to the otherwise mundane nature of a concrete patio. Adding functional storage options such as bench seating with interior storage can add extra utility to the space in addition to stylish furnishings. Another big trend in functional and fun patio improvements is adding an outdoor kitchen. This particular project requires a sizeable patio and a bit more of a financial investment than a new patio furniture set, but the results are guaranteed to wow your guests. Finally, covering your patio with gazebo or pergola will provide much needed shade on hot summer days while adding yet another stylish element to the space. While pergolas are often a bit more costly and require some assembly, gazebos can often be easily assembled and can be found for as little as $100.00. Patio covers are also a great option if your patio is in the sun’s path and adjacent windows receive too much sunlight. Find a cover company that offers a wide range of designs that fit whatever shape and material your patio has.

The great thing about improving your patio is that you can go as cost-effective or all-out as you want. For those looking to make a big difference on a small budget staining the concrete and adding some chiq furnishings can be accomplished with minimal blow to your wallet. For bigger spenders looking for the true wow factor an outdoor kitchen or pergola could be just the thing to make your patio an entertaining mecca. For more tips on recent patio improvement trends check out HGTV.

Alicia Murphy is a licensed real estate agent. My freelance writing career began simultaneously with my Real Estate career in 2010.As a Realtor I’ve worked primarily with buyers in finding themtheir dream home and have experience in foreclosure sales, but I've also represented sellers in marketing and selling their homes. As we await the bolstering return of the Real Estate market I will continue to adapt to ever-changing conditions and continue to provide first-rate service to my clients.
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