5 Unique Ideas To Redefine Your Outdoor Space Enhance Your Style & Increase Equity July 15, 2022 By Liz Johnson Who doesn’t love summer? Especially here in Michigan. From our Great Lakes, summer festivals, golfing, and more, there is plenty to do. But, there’s nothing quite like kicking back on a hot summer evening with family and friends from the comfort of your own patio. We’re excited to help you achieve the ultimate, relaxing staycation at your home by easily transforming your outdoor space (plus it’s an easy way to add additional equity to your home!) Here are five fresh ideas to consider for your patio this season. INSTALL A BUILT-IN BENCH You can never have too many seating options when it comes to entertaining or relaxing on your patio. Easily add additional seating and storage by installing a built-in bench. Built-in anything brings a level and feel of custom design and signals that the product is higher-end and wasn’t just a last-minute add-on. By having a ready-to-use bench—with all the tones and textures that evoke feelings of comfort and nature—you have an instant opportunity to stop for a second and take it all in. ADD ACCENT FLOORING Backyards that have wooden floors are such a part of our norm that we tend to not even consider tiling for these outdoor spaces. Installing stair or floor tiles is a relatively easy and inexpensive way to add modern flair to your patio or front porch. Using outdoor tile in your patio is a great way to bring the style you appreciate indoors to the outdoor spaces we all enjoy using. In fact, tiled patios are very popular in today’s custom builds, so it will definitely help to increase equity in your home if you plan to sell in the future. Just keep in mind that some tiles may not provide the same traction as wood or brushed concrete when wet, so pick options that will be safe in slippery conditions. Check out The Tile Shop for a wide selection of unique and aesthetic tiles to choose from for your porch or patio. INCORPORATE FLORALS & PLANTS Break free from the traditional two planters in your space and go wild by adding additional greenery and seasonal florals to enhance and elevate your patio or front porch. Porch planters can add personality to the space without breaking the bank. If you’re looking to add a ‘welcome home’ touch to an extenuated space, the creative possibilities are endless. You can choose from simple hangers and show-stopping window boxes to unique designs. Head to your local florist or Home Depot to see what is available in your area. UPGRADE YOUR PATIO FURNITURE Patio furniture looking worn? Upgrading or replacing your patio furniture can be just the refresh your patio needs for the summer. If you can’t replace your furniture completely, even just refreshing the cushions or adding textured, patterned throw pillows can give it a fresh new look. Try swapping out decor as well such as candles and rugs, which can add a huge impact at a low cost to this entertaining space. INSTALL A CEILING FAN Who says ceiling fans can’t do double duty as outdoor decor? Keep your patio breezy by installing a ceiling fan that provides you with the comfort of the indoors but the luxury of being outdoors. Additionally, adding a ceiling fan to your porch will make it more enjoyable for a longer period, especially in summer and the heat waves we’ve had lately. Some ceiling fans also have a built-in light fixture so you can continue to use your space well into the night. Did you try any of these patio upgrades? Be sure to tag us in your project @WeAreDOBI if you do!