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Perfecting the Outdoor Living Space

Want an open-air oasis that’s perfect for gathering loved ones together and entertaining all year long? Our go-to list of simple outdoor improvements not only increases the value of your home, but maximizes your usable living space and can even reduce future energy bills. Whether you’re starting fresh after building a home, or simply want to beautify your existing yard, these simple upgrades can take any space from basic to beautiful.

*Treat your deck or patio like an extension of your home: This means choosing high-quality materials that are weather resistant, furnishing your outdoor space, and adding unique touches that reflect your personality and style. Using natural wood? Make sure to oil and seal your deck regularly, and only build with pressure-treated wood that can withstand common outdoor pests like termites. Add furniture that can double as both dining and lounge seats, create options for shade with canopies and umbrellas, and include accent pieces like throw pillows or potted plants. Remember, a good patio or deck feels like a second living room and a natural gathering place.

*Go green and natural: Smart landscaping choices are the quickest and most cost-effective way to a lush and beautiful yard. Start with adding trees and bushes that are indigenous to Hawaii and grow quickly in a tropical climate. From native Acacia Koa trees that provide shade and require minimal water to using Bacopa Monnieri plants for easy and verdant ground cover, using plants that thrive in Hawaii’s climate means your yard always looks fresh and inviting. Want to up your curb-appeal and save on energy bills? Plant shade trees near the large windows of your home to help keep rooms naturally cool.

*Keep things cool (or warm) regardless of the temperature: Hoping to enjoy time on the patio on cooler evenings? Consider installing a permanent fire pit as a focal point for outdoor entertaining. Want to stay outdoors when temperatures rise or during evening sunsets? Install retractable screens or shade canopies that can be adjusted based on the weather and time of day. While you can’t avoid every weather scenario, planning for changes in temperature means more time spent outdoors and more time enjoying your new space.

Need a hand designing and building a perfect deck or patio? Need more information on permitting when adding a larger addition to your home? Home Planning Hawaii is here to help. Check out our free online estimator and determine the cost of your next project, or contact us directly to find the skilled professionals you need in order to make your backyard your new favorite room in the house.

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