Dreamy Porches, Patios, and Outdoor Living Rooms

Zillow Blog recently featured an article How Outdoor Space Can Help Sell Your Home and we agree that when considering a new property, nearly every home buyer considers the outdoors in some way as a requirement for a property they’re considering.

If the buyer is looking for a home in the suburbs, they want to know about the size of the lot, access to the yard, whether or not there’s a pool, or the location of the lot in relation to the neighborhood.

Some buyers love properties on corner lots; others, not so much. In more urban areas, buyers want to know if a property has any outdoor space at all and, if not, where is the nearest park?

Don’t let this spectacular season go to waste. Below we have pulled together great resources to make the most of your patio or porch and turn it into the new living room.

Dreamy Porches, Patios, and Outdoor Living Rooms

Make your deck the hot spot for evening parties. If your outdoor space currently says, “walk on by” rather than “please have a seat,” follow these creative ideas and simple styling tricks to give it a five-star makeover. Photo Credit: Southern Living via MyHomeIdeas.com

Dreamy Porches, Patios, and Outdoor Living Rooms

Finding the perfect table and chairs might be the most important aspect of reinventing a deck. Homeowner and designer Mary Leigh Fitts ditched her outdated patio set to make room for a large table custom-made with an iron base and limestone top; canvas chairs fit easily around it. Hint: For a less expensive tabletop version, use glass or plywood painted and sealed for outdoor use. Photo Credit: Southern Living via MyHomeIdeas.com

Dreamy Porches, Patios, and Outdoor Living Rooms

The simple brilliance of the space is that it connects directly to the kitchen and family room through French doors, so when homeowner Jennifer Frist hosts a dinner party, it’s a lot easier to perform back-and-forth hostess duties. Photo Credit: Laurey W. Glenn for Southern Living

Dreamy Porches, Patios, and Outdoor Living Rooms

To keep the landscape in view, designer Mark Simmons suggests copper or bronze screens. “They oxidize faster and have a way of disappearing into the background better, unlike the galvanized metal ones,” he explains. Photo Credit: Laurey W. Glenn for Southern Living

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