Curb appeal on the rise: Using patios and decks to boost the view

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Product review
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Scan the outside of your house and see what stands out. Siding? Neutral. Brick accents? Neutral again. Roofline? Nothing fancy. Windows? All the same shape and boring. So much for curb appeal!

The perfect solution is to add a patio or deck and revamp the landscaping around it. You could soon have an inviting outdoor living space that can boost your home’s curb appeal and dramatically change its functionality. A few benefits include:

  1. New outdoor living space for cozy gatherings or energized parties
  2. Varying visual lines from an oval patio or octagonal deck
  3. Added textures from new plants, patio furniture and fabrics

You want a space that is 100 to 200 square feet for intimate gatherings without grill space. For large entertainment space, try 400 square feet or more. When adding a deck, make sure to:

  1. Measure your furniture and grill first and allow 2 to 4 feet around the perimeter.
  2. Place chairs to maximize sun, but minimize intensity and glare. For daytime use, have chairs facing away from the east. Here’s more on furniture layout from Patiocollectionca.com.
  3. Plan ahead for lighting along stairs and railings.
  4. Pick a spot away from your neighbor’s patio to avoid dueling backyard parties.
  5. Select a location near a key interior room. By adding a deck that connects to your kitchen, you make it easy to extend dinner parties outdoors and carry food in from the grill.

Here are several layout options, along with measurements, from Trex.

Adding a deck or patio?

Not sure which to add? It often comes down to topography. Yards with raised first floors and varying terrain are better suited for decks. Many gardeners with sumptuous perennial beds like patios because of the connection to the landscaping. Here’s more from HGTV.

Next, enclose the areas with evergreen trees for privacy, bright flowers for show and a sprinking of perfumed lilies. Now…that’s curb appeal!

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