5 Tips for Updating Your Outdoor Space

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Whether you’re renovating a space you’ve used for years or making a new space your own, it’s important to update your outdoor space safely and professionally. Here are five tips for updating your outdoor space.

1. Hire a Professional Contractor

While a skilled enough homeowner may be able to do some outdoor renovations, it’s usually best to hire a professional contractor such as Allied Outdoor Solutions instead. A professional service provider will be able to tell you the best way to achieve the results you want for the best price. A contractor should also be able to determine whether there will be any issues achieving your vision and whether you need to consider any changes or compromises.

2. Consider Your Lighting And Climate Control Needs

There are many options for lighting and climate control in an outdoor space. Think about whether you’ll be using the space more during the day or at night. If you plan to use the space after dark, you’ll need to invest in light fixtures and a method of keeping the space warm, such as a fire pit. If you plan to use the space more often during the day, then good shade is an important investment. You may choose to install umbrellas, canopies, a gazebo or patio curtains, for example.

3. Keep Your Budget in Mind

Before you start work on your renovation, draw up a budget and confirm it with the contractor you hire. Keep all budgetary records in writing to help keep the project from going over budget. When you update your outdoor space, it can be easy to overspend if you don’t finalize the budget right away. Making sure you don’t go over budget helps make sure your project can be completed successfully and lowers the risk of going into unexpected debt. Once you finalize your overall budget, you can begin choosing materials, size requirements and additional expenses.

4. Make the Space Your Own

Remember that this is your space. While you should let the contractor do the technical work, you should still have a hand in the design and decision-making process. Make sure the contractor is aware of your wishes and preferences. Coordinate with him or her regarding materials, location and decor. For example, if you enjoy art, you may want to design the space yourself or create your own decorations.

5. Design for Your Preferred Outdoor Activities

You should also consider what you’ll be using your outdoor space for. Some options, such as pools, have easy answers. Others may need to be more versatile or able to support multiple activities. If someone in your household enjoys sports, install permanent equipment, such as a basketball hoop and make sure there is storage space for other equipment, such as a volleyball net. If you prefer your space to be for socializing, you may install a patio and invest in comfortable furniture.

What your outdoor space becomes is up to you. You should work closely with any professional contractors you hire and take part in the creative process to ensure the end result is what you want.