July 20, 2015 / By Trusst Builder Group
When you’re shopping for a home or having one custom-built, especially in an area like Wilmington NC, having an outdoor living space is important. The summers here run hot, sunny, and breezy, so having a place you can retire to without having to go inside can be a blessing.
But, what if your outdoor living space isn’t as beautiful as you would like? Don’t worry; our Wilmington NC builders have the answers. Here are five simple things you can do to add beauty and function to your patio or porch.
#1 – Choose Weatherproof Furniture
Wilmington can get sudden, but brief, downpours on summer’s more humid days. That’s why having weatherproof furniture is such a must if your patio is open and uncovered. By going with wicker or PVC patio furniture, you’ll be able to dry off the seats and enjoy the remainder of the day outside instead of being forced to wait days for padded furniture to dry out.
#2 – Incorporate More Lighting
Lighting delivers the atmosphere you’re looking for. For instance, if you want to create a cozier outdoor feel, then you’ll want to stick with downward-facing lighting. If you want to accentuate an architectural element, such as a façade on your home’s exterior or another element shown on your house plan, use upward-facing lighting. You can also accent the space using inconspicuous landscape lighting or create a party-like feel by stringing festive lantern-style lighting throughout.
#3 – Add Splashes of Color
Although bright and bold colors aren’t recommended for interiors, they can be used to great effect outside on the patio. For instance, using bright orange, turquoise, and lime green accents gives the space an airy beach-like feel. Having these and other bright colors outside gives your patio a fun vibe that fully supports your outdoor endeavors.
#4 – Add Fire and Water Elements
A fireplace or patio fire pit helps turn your outdoor living space into a year-round retreat. The fire not only delivers physical warmth on chilly evenings, it also lends warmth and character to the entire space. Meanwhile, adding a water fixture balances out the fire and the rippling sounds serve to soothe and relax the soul while sitting on your patio.
#5 – Design Your Patio Based on Its Intended Use
Is your patio going to be used solely as a social setting or will you be using it several times a week for barbequing? Do you require a covered patio or something a little more basic? Do you want audio and video capabilities outside? Before you design your patio, it helps to have a complete vision on how you intend to use it. This will help ensure that its design works and it fits within the scope of your home and backyard landscape.
Contact Trusst’s Wilmington NC Builders Today
At Trusst Builder Group, our in-house designers are experts on merging indoor and outdoor living spaces so our clients can enjoy their homes to the absolute fullest. If you want to have a new home custom designed for your needs and you want it to feature a stellar outdoor living space so you can enjoy Wilmington’s beautiful year-round weather in comfort and style, then give us a call today at 910-371-0307 to schedule a consultation with our Wilmington NC builders and designers.