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  • Writer's pictureBrenda Masse


Updated: Mar 13, 2019

Whether you love to entertain or wind down from a long day on the patio, your outdoor space can be one of the best places in your home.

Luxe outdoor living at its best at 210 Greystone Circle, Boerne, TX

Did you know that outdoor living improvements to your home are among the top remodel projects in Texas for return on your investment?

In Texas, the addition of a wood deck has an average ROI of 116%, according to the Texas Association of Realtors.

That's right - improving your outdoor space can add value to your home! Here are a few tips for successful outdoor living upgrades:

1. Create shade.

First things first - if you're going to enjoy warm weather on the patio you need some shade and moving air. Adding a pergola, curtains or hanging shades, complemented with some well placed fans and a cool mist system will make your patio an outdoor oasis.

2. Choose your materials wisely.

If you're building a deck, make sure you get expert advice on your material choices, taking into account the extreme weather we experience here in Austin. You may want to consider composites for greater longevity.

3. Add a fireplace.

During the summer, you may not want to roast by the fire, but campfires are fun all year, and you'll love it on cool spring and fall evenings. Picture a warm drink and a cozy blanket by the fire on a chilly winter night. Outdoor fireplaces are also among the most attractive features for future buyers.

4. Bring the indoors out.

Gone are the days of ugly plastic deck chairs! There are so many more options for patio furniture than ever before. Check out design options for rugs, couches, pillows and curtains for a beautifully designed outdoor space.

5. Set the mood with lighting.

Great outdoor lighting can make the most of all your hard work on your landscaping and decor. Well-placed candles, torches, LED lights, string lights, lamps or chandeliers create an elegant, welcoming atmosphere.

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