• Patios and Outdoor Living Spaces – Today’s guest blog is by DCD Law Firm. The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Gainesville Screen and Patio.

    Patios and Outdoor Living Spaces

    Patios and Outdoor Living Spaces

    Have you ever looked at your patio or barren outdoor space and wished that it did not look the way it does? Looking through several outdoor decorating catalogs might have sparked the interior designer within you. Scrolling on Instagram, one frequently comes across people posting picture-perfect backyards and patios. Why envy others when you can transform your own neglected space into something just as spectacular?

    It’s time to do something about that ignored outdoor space adjoining your home and turn it into your personal dream space for entertainment and relaxation. No matter how small your patio, there’s a lot you can do to make it cozy and beautiful at the same time. If you are able to do the work yourself, don’t worry, there are professionals you can turn to for help.

    Before you start brainstorming for ideas, remember that your patio must feel like a part of the rest of your home. Do not let this extension of your home appear unrelated to the rest of your home and the rest of the home’s exterior.  Your patio should be a combination of indoor and outdoor elements. Greenery can be a great effect, so don’t hesitate to surround your space with plants. It would be best not to overdo it though unless you appreciate a rainforest or jungle theme.

    Add cozy outdoor furniture so you can sit and lounge on your patio with friends or family. There are exclusive varieties of furniture available all over the market that were specifically designed to decorate the outdoor parts of your home. But, you do not necessarily have to stick to those trends and should definitely do your own thing. You can mix and match different pieces of outdoor furniture and even add a rug to make it look like another room of the house.

    If you’re among the fortunate ones who have a large outdoor space for a patio, there’s actually so much you can do with this extra space. You can divide it into multiple segments: a space for dining, a place for reading, and even a small pool or hot tub if it is feasible. A large patio is great for throwing parties and family gatherings involving barbeques and board games. But, do not attempt to expand a small patio by trespassing on your neighbor’s property; the mere extension will not be worth the legal charges you could face.

    For those who have neighbors close together, you can always put up a fence or a partition to add comfort and privacy. If your patio isn’t as roomy as you would like, you can still rearrange stuff to make it look more spacious. Try your best not to trespass on your neighbor’s property because trespassing is a punishable offense!

    Finally, yet importantly, get the lighting right. Hanging lanterns and fairy lights will make your outdoor space look exquisite, however, if that’s not doable then you can use different sorts of exterior lamps as well. When you’re using your patio for get-togethers, you can always increase seating by keeping several cushions around. this not only allows to house a bigger audience but also gives the place a more comfy vibe.