Make the Most of Your Outdoor Living Space with These 6 Updates

Make the Most of Your Outdoor Living Space with These 6 Updates

  • Kimberly Magette
  • 09/20/22

Whether you live near Lake Haigler, Big Rock Nature Preserve, Ballantyne's Backyard, or Marvin Efird Park, you know plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors near Fort Mill, Ballantyne, and Indian Land, South Carolina. But what if you want to enjoy the outdoors in your backyard? With a little creativity and these tips, you can turn your yard into a luxurious and unique outdoor living space.

These areas of South Carolina have summer average highs in the upper 80s and low 90s, autumn average highs dropping from the mid-80s in September to the mid-60s by November, winter highs in the low- to mid-50s, and spring highs that climb from the mid-60s in March to the low-80s in June. As such, there are plenty of days where you can enjoy the warm weather throughout the year, which means the outdoor living space of Fort Mill homes, Ballantyne real estate, and Indian Land SC real estate can get a lot of use.

Regarding design, think about what will make your outdoor living space unique. Do you want a luxurious pool area? A cozy fire pit for chilly evenings? A pergola or gazebo for shade during the day? Once you have an idea of what you want, start planning the layout and making a list of what you'll need to make it happen.

1: Landscaping

Start with the basic layout of your yard. If you have a blank slate, great! If not, that's okay too. You can work with what you have and make some changes to the existing layout if needed. For example, maybe you want to remove a few trees to open up the space or add a retaining wall to create different levels. Think about other ways to make the landscaping aesthetically pleasing. Do you want a garden area with colorful flowers? A section for vegetables or herbs? Maybe you just want a simple, low-maintenance yard with native plants. No matter what your vision is, make sure to include some greenery in your design.

2: Siding and roof cleaning or replacement

Another important update to consider is the siding and roof on your home. Depending on the age of your home and the type of siding and roof you have, it may be time for a cleaning or replacement. You may want to hire a professional to inspect your home's exterior and note any areas needing repair. You may only need to update a few shingles or have the exterior power washed.

3: Update the doors and windows

Your doors and windows are key to creating an attractive outdoor living space. You want your home to be in tip-top condition for the best curb appeal, so make sure they're up to date. Door styles are constantly evolving, so you can find an option that makes your front and back entries pop with a custom design or striking color.

4: Update the lighting

Don't forget about the lighting near the home's entryways and along the walkways. This is important to help your guests avoid tripping but can also make your home more welcoming and inviting. You may want to consider solar-powered lights since they're environmentally friendly and require little maintenance.

5: Upgrade the outdoor living space

In addition to landscaping, hardscaping is also important in creating an outdoor living space. This includes patios, decks, outdoor kitchens, and swimming pools.

For the patio or deck, you'll want to consider the material. Wood is classic but requires more maintenance, while composite or stone is durable and easy to care for. You'll also need to decide on the shape and size as well as any additional features like built-in seating, a fire pit, or a pergola.

An outdoor kitchen is a great way to take entertaining to the next level. It doesn't have to be anything fancy – a simple countertop with a grill and prep area is all you need. If you want something more extravagant, you can make it a fully functional outdoor cooking space complete with a sink, fridge, cabinets, and plenty of counter space. You can add features like a wine fridge, pizza oven, or smoker!

After you've created or upgraded the outdoor spaces for entertaining, be sure to spruce them up with furniture, cushions, pillows, and throws in weather-resistant materials. And don't forget the lighting! Lights and fans are popular for outdoor living spaces because they elevate a simple backyard into an elegant home extension.

You may also want to add a pool to enjoy from late spring through early autumn. There are so many cool ways to incorporate pools in your design, like ones hidden via a motorized deck that can slide to the side, ones with a floor that raises and lowers to provide access to the pool, or provide extra outdoor floor space for entertaining, and even lagoon-inspired pools with organic shapes and waterscapes like waterfalls and grottos.

If you're not interested in a pool, consider other ways to add water to your design. Fountains, ponds, and streams can all be beautiful and relaxing features in your outdoor living space. They also attract birds and other wildlife, adding more interest to your yard. Alternatively, you can include fountains, with options like rain walls and even spheres!

You will also want to consider if you will want to use the space even during inclement weather. If so, you will want to add a fireplace or fire pit. These can be as simple as a metal bowl that you fill with wood and light on fire, or as elaborate as an outdoor living room with a fireplace. If your space includes a roof to hold the lighting and fans, you may also want to invest in screens or glass that can be lowered to keep the bugs, rain, and snow out while still allowing you to enjoy the outdoors.

6: Don’t forget the small details

After you've updated the big features in your outdoor living space, it's time to focus on the small details. This is what will really make your space unique and luxurious.

Add special touches like built-in planters, a pergola draped in greenery or flowers, and trellises covered in vines, birdhouses, and birdbaths. You can also include a garden shed to store your gardening supplies or a playhouse for the kids.

Add interest and texture to different stone types, brick, or pavers in the hardscaping. Use different colors, sizes, and shapes of pots and planters to add more dimension. Incorporate metal elements like copper rain chains, wrought iron furniture, and light fixtures.

Outdoor living spaces can be so much more than just a place to relax in the sun or entertain guests. With the right design, they can be an extension of your home that you can enjoy all year long. This post has provided some ideas to get you started, but don't stop there! Be creative and make your outdoor living space truly unique. For recommendations of local landscape artists, or to discuss how to improve the curb appeal before you list Ballantyne, Indian Land, or Fort Mills homes, reach out to local agent Kimberly Magette for expert guidance.

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