Top 7 Tips to Transform Your Outdoor Space Just in Time for Summer

Top 7 Tips to Transform Your Outdoor Space Just in Time for Summer

family enjoying a picnic on their gemcraft home patio

May 31, 2023

As the warm and sunny days of summer approach, it’s time to make the most of your outdoor living space. Whether you have a sprawling garden or a charming patio, there are numerous ways to create an inviting and vibrant outdoor atmosphere at your new Gemcraft home, so read on to learn more about our top 7 tips to creating the perfect outdoor oasis for relaxation and entertainment during the summer months. 

Start with a clean slate

Before diving into any major improvements, give your outdoor space a thorough cleaning. Sweep away any debris, remove weeds, power wash any surfaces as needed and if you currently have any outdoor furniture, make sure to give the cushions and pillows a quick wash. This simple step will create a fresh canvas for your makeover

Define your space

Next, consider the function and layout of your current outdoor area, and determine how you want to use the space before dividing it into specific zones. By defining these zones, you can create a sense of purpose and organization such as a dining area, lounge area and a green space for gardening. 

Add greenery

Plants and flowers bring life and vibrancy to any outdoor space, so this is the ideal time to introduce an array of potted plants, hanging baskets and flower beds to add color and texture to your outdoor space this summer. Choose a mix of annuals and perennials that thrive in your climate, and don’t forget that vertical gardens or trellises can also be great options for maximizing space in smaller outdoor areas. 

Comfortable seating

The summer months are all about enjoying quality time with your loved ones, and when the weather allows it, there’s nothing better than enjoying those moments in the fresh air. This summer, it’s important to invest in comfortable and durable outdoor furniture in order for you to create an inviting seating area. Opt for weather-resistant materials such as teak, aluminum or resin wicker, and add outdoor cushions, pillows and throw blankets for an extra touch of coziness. 

Ambient lighting 

When the sun goes down, that doesn’t mean your nights are over. Extend the usability of your outdoor space into the evening with ambient lighting by hanging string lights overhead, placing simple lanterns along pathways, or installing low-voltage landscape lighting to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Create privacy 

Sometimes you’ll want some additional privacy when enjoying your outdoor space, and there are a number of options you can look into in order to create that privacy. Bamboo screens, outdoor curtains or decorative panels can be an easy way to do this, but if you want something that will last for years to come, consider planting tall hedges or installing lattices with climbing plants to create natural barriers.  

Personal touches

Lastly, don’t forget to add your own personal touch to the outdoor space by decorating with weather-resistant artwork, sculptures or wind chimes and including outdoor rugs, colorful cushions and patterned textiles to reflect your taste and personality

With these ideas and tips, you’re well on your way to transforming your outdoor space into a vibrant and inviting haven for the summer. Embrace your creativity, follow your personal preference and let your outdoor space become an extension of your living area where you can savor the beauty of summer. If you find yourself currently renting or looking for a new home, the summer months are also an ideal time to find the perfect new home community to set down your roots in. Take a closer look at the communities our exceptional team builds throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia and give us a call at (800) 291-7436 or fill out our online form to learn more.

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