Are you ready to pack away the stuff of winter?

Spring is on the horizon and it’s a great time to start sprucing up your outdoor spaces.

As the weather warms up, you’ll be able to move some of your activities outside.

Why not give yourself a lovely, inviting place to have a cup of tea, read a book, or entertain family and friends?

Here are some tips for giving your boring patio some new life.

Make your space a private retreat

No matter how close or far your neighbors are, putting up some type of privacy barrier is a good idea.

It will not only reduce the amount of prying eyes peeking into your space, but it will also make it seem more cozy.

A privacy trellis is one option.

Not only will it give you some seclusion, it also makes a good place to hang up some outdoor decor.

You could also put up a privacy fence or create a hedgerow with a fast-growing shrub like arborvitae.

Freshen up the paint or restain

If you have a deck, give it a new coat of paint or stain.

It’ll make it look like new.

It’s also a good idea to give the exterior of your home a good cleansing with a pressure washer.

Repaint, if necessary.

This can also give your outdoor space an updated feel.

Build a deck

If you don’t have a place to hang out outdoors, think about installing a deck.

It can transform your backyard and be the jumping off point for turning your outdoor space into a retreat that you can’t wait to spend time in.

Using the right materials will ensure that your deck stands the test of time and provides you with many years of making memories with your family and friends.

Talk with a trusted contractor to determine what your options are, discuss designs, and work out all of the logistics of the project.

Don’t skimp on the furniture

When you’re investing in creating an outdoor living space, choose furniture that’s comfortable.

Many people make the mistake of trying to save money by purchasing cheap furniture that isn’t comfy, doesn’t last, and certainly doesn’t entice them to spend any time in the backyard.

Get the highest quality patio furniture you can afford.

Make sure to try it before you buy it – get the most out of your space.

Consider a hammock

There’s nothing more leisurely than softly swaying in a warm breeze with a good book.

A quality hammock will draw you outdoors all spring and summer long.

Do your research because there are a lot of options available.

For example, maybe a two-person hammock would be right up your alley.

It’s a great way to de-stress and recharge.

Make adequate shade

You won’t spend much time in your outdoor paradise if the sun is scorching you.

One good option is a retractable awning that can be used only when it’s needed.

If your space gets sun for most of the day, you could try hanging outdoor curtains.

It may even make the most sense to build an overhang that protects your deck or patio from the full brunt of the rays.

Talk to your contractor about the best choice for providing shade in the area you want to create your at-home getaway.

Chances are, he’ll have ideas you never thought about.

Refresh your space for spring

Whether your outdoor living area needs a lot of work or a little, it’ll be worth the effort.

There’s nothing like sitting in a comfy chaise or lounging in a hammock, iced tea in hand, chatting with your friends and family.

Aren’t you excited to get started?

For help remodeling your home, contact your local experts VKB Kitchen and Bath.