Top 5 Outdoor Upgrades of 2016

By Home Bay

Posted on July 6th, 2016

Upgrading your outdoor space is a great way to add some “wow factor” to your home. You can upgrade your square footage and take advantage of great weather days. Smart additions also help you attract attention to your home when you’re trying to sell it, because enhancements not only increases your home’s curb appeal, they also add to its value. Check out the top five outdoor upgrades trending in 2016:

  1. Restored Decks:


    Photo by Fiberon Decking
    A nice deck is a huge asset to any homeowner, but without proper maintenance, it can turn into a liability. If you have a wooden deck, take a close look at it and examine the wood, stain and hardware to make sure it’s in good repair. If you notice any issues, it’s time to grab your tool belt or call in a contractor to revitalize your outdoor living space. Doing so can result in a much higher resale value and will give you peace of mind, knowing that your hangout space is safe and sound. If you really want to get fancy, you can add additional fixtures or features, like built-in seating or flower boxes, to take your deck up a notch.

  2. Outdoor Kitchens:

    Outdoor kitchen

    Photo by The Home Improvements Group, Inc.
    Cooking outdoors has risen to a whole new level in recent years. As a natural extension of a beautiful deck, the addition of an outdoor kitchen makes it a snap to entertain family and friends. Providing the ability to whip up gourmet meals without having to leave guests keeps the heat out of the house and turns parties into an interactive, non-stop source of entertainment for everyone.

  3. Inviting Lighting:

    Midcentury Riviera

    Photo by Native Son Design Studio
    Outdoor lighting enables you to embrace your personality in as big — or as subtle — of a way as you want. Create a cozy ambiance by using hanging lights and fireplace fixtures for a dreamy look or illuminate the hard lines of walkways and trees to give your outdoor living area a spacious feel. No need to limit yourself to clear lights either – colored lights are increasing in popularity and are available in a variety of styles to fit your unique tastes.

  4. Outdoor Living Rooms:

    Dream Room 2014

    Photo by Decorating Den Interiors- Corporate Headquarters
    Bringing the comforts of the indoors to your outdoor spaces is as easy as adding some cushioned furniture and an attractive awning to ward off the sun’s rays. You can also add features like privacy walls to your deck to help increase the value of that space. Finishing touches, like metal railings and decorative fixtures, can help pull the design scheme together while increasing your patio’s welcoming look.

  5. High-Tech Hangout:

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    Photo by Bobby Berk Home
    Home automation is a top draw for home interiors, so it is no surprise that it is also highly desirable in outdoor spaces. Today’s applications enable you to easily control the music and lighting options right from a smartphone. You can also sync an LED television to a rear-projection motorized screen, providing a fantastic outdoor entertainment system that allows you to host movie parties in the backyard.

Increasingly, homeowners are moving to take their living space outdoors. This trend is reflected in the most popular outdoor upgrades for 2016. Get your home noticed by including a few — or all — of the above suggestions!

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