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Backyard Living Room Ideas For Your Washington DC Home

Summer is a perfect time to enhance your landscaping and take your backyard up to the next level. One growing trend which can also add value to your property and appeal to potential buyers is to create an outdoor living room. Small or large, your backyard can be transformed into another comfortable and stylish space you and your family will enjoy.

If you have a deck or patio, use this space as a foundation to connect the interior of your home with the outside. You can go as grand as installing an outdoor kitchen, or as simple as adding a pergola frame in the space. With a pergola you can also create a natural privacy screen by planting quick growing, climbing vines. Don’t have a green thumb? Not to worry, hanging sheer curtains from the frame is a great alternative.

If you’re opting to enhance your deck or patio, extend the time you can enjoy the space with an enclosure option. A simple DIY Screen/awning kit will help keep the bugs at bay, so you can relax in the long, summer evenings. A window-wall system can offer you the option of opening all or some of the walls to expose your space to the fresh air and close them when the weather turns harsh. Other seasonal comfort options to consider include ceiling fans, free-standing heaters and an outdoor fireplace.

One of the biggest draws to spending time outside in the evening is a cheery fire. No need to camping to enjoy one when you install your own fire-pit. Design options vary from the simple to elaborate. You can opt for a free-standing one or have one built-in, either way, be sure to include comfortable seating to add to the ambiance of your backyard firelight.

Setting your outdoor living space apart from the rest of your home can also give you more seating if you opt for installing a low retainer wall. Brick and flagstone are two choices which are timeless and stylish, working well with most any home.

You can also set the space apart with other hardscaping features such as a walkway of river rock connecting your home to your outdoor living room. Use your love of plants and gardening to create a boarder along the path to add vibrant colors and fragrant florals; a sure way to entice visitors to want to see what at the end of path.

Outdoor living rooms are at the top of many home owners’ and home buyer’s wish lists. Find more inspiration with this HGTV Photo Gallery of ideas and take your backyard up to the next level. ADMC Realty Group is pleased to serve the communities in and around the Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia areas. If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, we stand ready to assist you every step of the way. Give us a call at (202)596-8101 or email us at [email protected].

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