Investing in outdoor home improvement projects can not only help your house stand out in the neighborhood but can also improve your family’s quality of life. Summer is a great time to refresh the exterior of your home so you can enjoy the Northern Virginia fall weather outdoors.
Here are 5 outdoor living projects to consider now:
1) Screen Porches
Designing new screen porches and screening in decks have become popular home remodeling projects for our clients. A well-designed screened-in porch can serve as a second family room providing another area for relaxation, eating, game nights, and connecting with family members. One of the biggest advantages of converting a deck or front porch into a screened-in porch is not having to fight off mosquitos or deal with inclement weather while you’re enjoying the great outdoors.
Decks rank among the top home features desired by homeowners according to Porch.com. A new deck is another way to add new living spaces to your home making it seem larger and more festive. You can also entertain bigger groups during the warmer months of the year without feeling crowded indoors. Whether you’re hosting a family barbeque, reading a book, or just relaxing with the family, there’s real value in having a spacious, comfortable deck. If you already have a wood deck that’s in need of repair, you may want to consider switching to composite materials and/or improvements to railings, stairs, trellises, partitions or adding new structures to provide shade.
3) Outdoor Kitchens
Nowadays, there are endless options for creating new outdoor kitchens and dining spaces. Outdoor kitchens are being built with plumbing and electricity to support sinks, lighting and kitchen appliances. Granite countertops, gourmet appliances, oversized grills, and even wood-fired pizza ovens are becoming commonplace in outdoor kitchens. Depending on the layout of the space, guests can gather, socialize, and watch their culinary creations being prepared all while enjoying the luxury of open-air dining. Here are 6 considerations for creating a versatile outdoor kitchen.
4) Backyard/Sideyard Upgrades
If you’re looking for some fast-tracked outdoor improvements, consider upgrading your backyard and/or sideyard in time for the beautiful fall weather. This may include adding a gazebo with a seating area, new privacy screening, upgrading or extending patios and pathways, building a fire pit with seating, adding built-in garden beds and planters, and/or new lighting.
5) Front Facade
Redesigning elements of the front exterior of your house will result in improved curb appeal and added home value. Many of our clients have enjoyed a “like new” home experience with a redesigned facade. These projects have included new doors and windows, repainting and upgrading exterior finishes, adding a covered entrance, redoing the driveway, replacing an old roof, and adding a new front porch.
Working with a professional architect and design/build team will bring increased efficiency and aesthetics to your outdoor living project while making the process less stressful for you. Contact us today to get started so you can enjoy your new outdoor spaces by fall!