One of the best aspects of living in Raleigh is the beautiful weather. With warm temperatures throughout most of the year, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Creating a welcoming and functional outdoor living space can provide an ideal place to entertain guests, visit with friends and family and simply enjoy the relaxing sounds of nature. If your outdoor space isn’t exactly inspiring, follow these tips to make some improvements. 

Screened-in Porches

If you have an existing porch that you aren’t taking full advantage of, adding some structure and screens can provide you with some much-needed shade and protection from bugs. Constructing a screened-in porch, especially if you already have a slab, may be easier and less expensive than you would assume. 


A firepit provides an architectural focal point and a place to gather once the temperatures start to cool down. Today, firepits are made from all sorts of materials and can come in practically any shape or size. From more modern glass and gas-burning firepits to more traditional stone firepits, you can install a design that complements your home and your landscape.  

Outdoor Kitchens

For the ultimate in luxury and convenient outdoor living, consider adding an outdoor kitchen. You can incorporate a grill, sink, countertops and prep areas and even a pizza oven. The possibilities are practically endless.

Water Features

From coy ponds to water fountains, water features come in a variety of styles. No matter what type of design you choose, you will enjoy the relaxing sound of running water. A water feature also provides the perfect opportunity to add plants and flowers to complete the look. 

There are countless ways to improve your outdoor living space and get the most out of living in Raleigh. For more ideas and questions to all your landscaping and hardscaping questions, contact the experts at JT’s Landscaping and Lawn Care.