In North Carolina, temperate weather conditions make it pleasant to enjoy the outdoors practically year-round. Expanding and improving your outdoor living space can help you take full advantage of your landscape. Fortunately, creating a welcoming and functional outdoor living space can be both easy and affordable. 

1. Install Decorative Lighting

Adding ambiance and lighting to your outdoor living space doesn’t require hiring an electrician to complete hard wiring. Lights can be placed under trees for dramatic uplighting, along pathways for better safety and visibility, under steps to create a unique look and much more. Choose from solar, powered, LED, and other low maintenance products that can transform your space and allow you to enjoy the outdoors well after sunset. Learn more about creating a hardscape lighting design.

2. Build a Fire Pit

A unique fire pit will provide both light and warmth once the evening temperatures begin to drop and who doesn’t love gathering around a fire roasting s’mores? Building and installing your own fire pit can easily be done for less than $100 and this simple addition will provide a great architectural focal point and gathering spot. 

3. Add a Fountain

Adding a fountain can create a truly calming and relaxing space. The sound of running water will provide soothing relief after a long day. In addition, fountains can come in practically any style from natural to more contemporary and industrial. You can design a fountain that complements your landscape and highlights your personal style.

4. Add Rugs and Pillows

Most outdoor furniture is made to be durable, which means that it is typically made of hard materials. You can soften up the area and add a level of sophistication and comfort by adding cushions, pillows, and decorative outdoor rugs. 

5. Create Separate Seating Areas in your Outdoor Living Space

In most homes, outdoor seating is in one central area, either on a patio or deck. You can expand your outdoor seating by creating different spaces in your yard for more intimate gatherings. A small table and a couple of chairs underneath a tree can provide alternative seating. If you have the space, consider adding a hammock or porch swing.

You don’t have to have a lot of land or a landscape architect to create an inviting outdoor space that you can enjoy with your friends and family. Making simple and affordable additions can go a long way in improving your yard and making sure that you want to use it throughout the year. For more tips and help expanding your outdoor living space, contact the experts at JT’s Landscaping.