With more and more spaces becoming limited or even off limits during the ongoing pandemic, one of the best remedies to alleviate stress is to head outside for some fresh air and sunshine. If you are lucky enough to have an outdoor space attached to your home regardless of whether it is a sprawling yard, a deck or patio be sure to make the most out of the area.
As your premier real estate agent for homes for sale in Brea, I would like to share the following tips on how you can transform and improve any outdoor space to make it not only more inviting but also more functional.
Create a Lounge Space
Did you have to cancel your beach vacation this year? Well, an outdoor lounge space is a great way to enjoy and relax in the California sunshine regardless of whether there is or isn’t a pandemic. The internet is a great place to get different ideas as well as the perfect place to find a set of lounge chairs, sectionals and even hammocks to bring that beach vibe into your outdoor space.
A few candles, side tables and pillows is all you need to complete that perfect laid back outdoor summer living atmosphere.
So, they closed the local movie theater. Not to worry, bring the big screen into your backyard. An outdoor movie screen doesn’t have to be elaborate and overwhelming. All you need to enjoy your favorite film is a white sheet mounted on a flat surface (your backyard shed or the siding of your apartment deck), a projector and a personal device such as your phone or laptop that will allow you to play movies or T.V. shows.
Start popping some popcorn, sit back and enjoy the latest blockbuster all in the comfort of your own outdoor space.
An Outdoor Bar
It may be a while before you can go back to your favorite watering hole and enjoy a drink with friends so why not create your personal outdoor bar instead? There are plenty of online options if you are looking to get fancy, or there are other more budget friendly choices as well. An old table or desk can do in a pinch as can a few cinder blocks, a piece of plywood and some concrete glue.
Regardless of how you choose to design your bar, complete it with a Bluetooth speaker, your favorite spirits or cocktail ingredients and some ice.
Beautify the Backyard
A great way to add a bit of pizzaz to your backyard is to add some extra touches on your shed. Although a shed is mostly for added storage and a utilitarian structure, it can also be a functional part of your new outdoor space. Some great additions to any backyard shed can include:
- Add some color and brighten with a bold new paint job.
- Add some shutters or old barnyard wood to give it a personality.
- Build or attach some flower boxes to bring it to life.
- Connect with your shed by building a brick or stone pathway.
Think outside the box and bring your outdoor space to life this fall.
Add some Light
Just because the days are getting shorter doesn’t mean that you have to come inside any earlier. The fall months in Brea are some of the nicest so take full advantage of your new outdoor space by adding some lighting. A string or two of outdoor cottage lights will give your outdoor space a nice soft glow and make it that much more inviting. If you really want to get creative think about stringing up some colored bulbs or a mixture of both.
To really take advantage of the fresh air and prolong your outdoor living, think about adding a space heater, a propane fireplace or tower heater. Combine any of these features with a few cozy blankets and you will never have to come in regardless of the weather.
Go Al Fresco
Is your favorite restaurant still closed? Never mind, order take out and bring it home to your brand new al fresco dining room in your newly transformed outdoor living space. Add a table, some chairs, an outdoor area rug and enjoy your favorite meals outside with candlelight or under your newly strung outdoor lights. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
One of the best ways of relieving stress and coping with the confusion and uncertainty of the pandemic is to meditate. Since you can’t go to your yoga studio to get this relaxation, why not recreate a space to do yoga in your outdoor area? Get outside for your Shavasana routine and surround yourself with calming scents such as lavender or jasmine and watch all your worries melt away.
These simple and inexpensive tips will transform any sized outdoor space into a functional living place where you enjoy the fresh air and sunshine that Brea is famous for. With the uncertainty of the current pandemic, having an outlet for not only your physical health but your mental health as well is so important and any of these options will allow you to get outside and alleviate any type of cabin fever. If you have any questions or would like more information on these outdoor suggestions, please contact me today. I look forward to hearing from you soon.