If you want to expand the living space of your home, you have a number of choices. You could put on an addition, adding a bedroom or two and increasing the amount of square footage in your home. You could tack on a sunroom to provide a pleasant space for you and your family to hang out. Or you could install a brand new patio and turn the great outdoors into an integral part of your home.
Of the three choices, adding a new patio to your home is definitely the most cost effective. Building an addition on to your home can cost tens of thousands of dollars and require a costly home improvement loan to complete. Even a small sunroom can cost nearly the same, putting it outside the budget of many average homeowners.
A new patio, on the other hand, is very affordable for just about every homeowner. If you do the work yourself and set your own patio bricks, you can do the job for a much lower price than you ever expected. Even if you have to hire a professional, you can probably put in a very respectable patio for a few thousand dollars.
Patios are affordable, versatile and very attractive. Once the patio is in place, you will have an outdoor living space you and your family can be proud of. You will also have created a great space for parties, backyard barbecues and other get together. With so much fun going on in the great outdoors, you may never want to go inside again.
Some people even turn their patios into fully-equipped outdoor kitchens. With so many professional-style grills to choose from, it is possible to convert a patio into a restaurant-quality outdoor eating venue. Those high-end grills may add some extra expense, but if you like to entertain it can be worth it.
There are a number of materials, including stained hardwood and Del Mar wicker, which can provide comfortable and durable patio furniture. You do not want to spend lots of time and money on a new patio and then stock it with cheap and poorly built furniture. When you choose top quality patio furniture, you can be sure it will last for years. That makes quality the better value in the end. No matter how you use your patio or how often you spend time there, investing in quality furniture will improve the livability of your home and keep your family happy.
The right furniture can even transform your patio into a three-season fun spot. Some homeowners are reluctant to put in a patio because they fear it will only be used in summer. But with the right accessories, you can use your patio well into the fall or even the winter season. Patio heaters, fire rings and other cold weather accessories can transform your patio and make it the focal point of your home throughout the entire year.
If you have been thinking about putting in a patio, why not make this the year you finally do it? A patio adds value and beauty to your home and can even increase its resale value. Once your patio is installed and you are enjoying it, you will wonder how you ever got along without it.