Don’t Settle For Drab And Impractical Outdoor Spaces

quality workmanshipLet’s get right to the point: When it comes to the exterior of your home, appearances matter. Seventy-one percent of Americans on the market for a new home describe curb appeal as “important,” and there are over 140,000 masonry and concrete contractors in the U.S. to help homeowners spruce things up a bit. What exactly are people looking for? Here are a few little touches that can make a big difference:

Bring The Breakfast Bar Outside
For many years now, a breakfast bar and stools have been a must in trendy kitchens. Now homeowners are taking it outside. Find a mason — one that is known for his or her quality workmanship — to craft surface areas for grilling, prep, and dining. Brick or stone is always a good bet; in fact, it’s what nearly all (80%) of homeowners prefer looks-wise. Just make certain that all surfaces are level. “Watching the chef at the grill is half the fun — encourage spectators by setting up a bar-height table and stools near the grill,” Houzz recommends.

Give A Little Extra Attention To Exterior Lighting
Exterior lighting is one of the most desirable features when it comes to outdoor spaces; 90% describe it as “essential” or “very important.” The best news is that lighting can be subtle or not-so-subtle. You can work small lights into masonry steps or install small, outdoor lamps alongside your concrete path. Add underwater lights inside pools, fountains, and water features. Add plenty of lighting over grilling areas for night-time entertaining, and consider adding a fire pit or outdoor fireplace for ambiance and even more warm light.

Don’t underestimate the value of quality workmanship and little additions to outdoor lighting, masonry and more. Even making slight changes to outdoor features can significantly boost curb appeal. Right now, adding outdoor bar stools (with a view of the grill and cooking area) and warm lighting is in.