Simple Improvements to Enhance Your Patio
In today’s economy, many North Texas homeowners are choosing to spend more vacation time at home by turning their patio into a relaxing escape. This is not a new concept, but it does provide long-term enjoyment and a potential return on investment, when and if the property is ever put on the market. Of course, the return on investment depends greatly on the choice of improvements.
An inviting patio for entertainment purposes can be a terrific improvement, and for many, a do-it-yourself project. You can transform your existing patio or deck into a retreat by adding an arbor, greenery and a lighting scheme that will give great ambiance to the setting.
For starters, inexpensive lighting can work wonders. It isn’t necessary to illuminate everything – start by adding lighting at or near the home, focus on what you feel is an important focal point and determine where the majority of outdoor activities will take place. An important tip: buy the best quality and well-constructed fixtures you can afford as they will last you much longer and have fewer ongoing maintenance issues.
An arbor is a wonderful way to enhance the appearance of your patio area, while also serving as an effective source of shade. Don’t need additional shade? No problem, you can build your arbor with greater distance between the beams. There are numerous do-it-yourself sites to help you construct an arbor or you can put it out for hire and let a professional do the work.
Dress up your patio area with lush landscape and potted plants. The options are endless and all environmentally friendly, particularly if you decide to do a xeriscape concept which reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental watering.
Whatever your desires, be sure to start with a budget and a general idea; it’s easy to get sidetracked if you don’t have a concise plan.