Do you picture yourself sitting on your front porch, watching the sunrise with a cup of coffee in hand? Or enjoying a cool evening breeze as you watch the sunset from your patio? Perhaps you love watching a storm from the safety of your home. Outdoor spaces can add value and beauty to your home.
A deck, patio or porch are all great ways to enjoy your surroundings, relax after work or bring the family together. In addition, an outdoor space can also be an investment. One of the top returns on a remodeling or new construction project for homeowners is a deck or patio. Roeser Home Remodeling can work with you to create a functional and beautiful outdoor living space that fits your budget.
What is an Outdoor Space?
Outdoor spaces can be broken down into types – detached from or attached to the home; elevated or at ground level; enclosed or open. Any one of these can expand your living space and your enjoyment of your home.
When you’re thinking about expanding your home into the outdoors, there are some things you need to consider.
Examples of Outdoor Spaces
Before drawing up any design, first decide how you plan to use your new outdoor space. Here are some ideas.
Do you envision entertaining a large crowd, cooking on your outdoor kitchen and dancing under the stars? Or do you prefer more intimate affairs with cozy seating around a fire pit as you and your guests talk deep into the night? Even large gatherings need quiet spaces, so a step-down from the main deck is a great option for both.
If you’ll be spending lots of time on your deck, consider the ages of your family members. Older members would benefit from wider steps with handrails. Having a deck with enclosed rails will keep babies and toddlers safe.
Decks are attached to the home and usually elevated several feet or more. They are made from a number of materials so you’ll be sure to find something that fits your budget. These include treated lumber, composite lumber, composite material, and aluminum. Aesthetically, any of these would work, depending on what you envision for your outdoor living space.
Patios differ from decks in several ways. They are built at ground level and can be attached or detached from the house. Patios can be made with pavers, poured or stamped concrete, salvaged bricks or tile.
Like a deck, a patio can be set up in distinct zones to get more out of your outdoor living space. If you have an in-ground pool, a patio can be an extension of its deck, making a better (and drier) transition from water to home. Adding a fire pit or outdoor fireplace will allow you to use your outdoor space long into the cooler seasons.
You could even add a patio away from your home, using it as a foundation for a fire pit with seating.
Watching the sunrise from your porch is one of life’s small pleasures. But more importantly, a front porch can give your home great curb appeal. A new or remodeled front porch from Roeser Home Remodeling can change the look of your home and add to your investment.
Porches can have any number of designs. It can wrap around two sides of the home with multiple doors leading to interior rooms. Or it can run the length of the front of the house.
Whatever the design or length, your porch signifies a transition from the outer world of public spaces to the home within the house. Make that transitional space uniquely yours with charming touches such as wicker furniture or porch swing, potted plants and a welcome mat or flag.
Enclosed porches/Sun rooms
A large deck, patio or remodeled porch might be the perfect fit for your family. However, if you want something that can be used in all sorts of weather, at all times of the year, then an enclosed porch or sun room is a good option.
Screened porches and sun rooms allow you to enjoy the outdoors while avoiding glaring heat, rain or pesky insects. Knowing how you will use the room, and during which seasons you would like to utilize the space, will help you decide which style best suits your family’s needs. If you want to keep bugs out, have a flow-through of air and don’t plan to extend your outdoor living space through winter, then a screened porch is for you.
A sun room is glass enclosed and is usually built on the side or back of a house. This is so the room can catch the southern or western sun, making it more likely to be used all year. Screens and sliding glass doors may also be installed for those who prefer to be able to open up the room and allow the fresh air to filter inside.
Whether you’re starting a project from the ground up or remodeling an existing feature, Roeser Home Remodling will make sure it keeps with the spirit and style of your home’s architectural roots so that everything flows and works together.
Call us today @ 314-822-0839. We can help you bring your vision to life.