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    5 Tips to Get Your Outdoor Living Space Ready for Summer

    by Arelys Alexander

    The sun is shining and the pool is calling.  Learn how you can update your outdoor living space so you can be ready for fun, relaxation, and entertainment on those long summer days in Florida.

    Living in Southwest Florida allows for beautiful weather and picture-perfect outdoor activities nearly every day. Once summer rolls around, residents can take full advantage of their outdoor living spaces to soak up and enjoy that famous Florida sunshine.

    If you’re ready to build your dream home in the Sunshine State, or just want to revamp the outdoor spaces in your existing custom home, let London Bay Homes guide you through some of the most popular outdoor features that you'll love in the summers.

    We have more than 25 years of experience as custom home builders in Southwest Florida and we utilize our signature Private Label Living process to ensure your home truly reflects you and your luxury living lifestyle.  Get started dreaming up your perfect summer oasis with these tips for creating your quintessential outdoor living space.

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    Water Features

    If you’re thinking about building, or have already built, your custom home, chances are you’ve incorporated a custom pool and spa in your design.  However, that is not the only water feature that can liven up your backyard.  From waterfalls in the pool or courtyard to fountains strategically-placed to visually enhance the space, or even a raised spa with an overflow, water features are a popular way to add a sense of tranquility to your outdoor living area.  London Bay Homes has even created an estate home with an outdoor water feature that sprays water and lights up to the tune of Disney classics.

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    Al Fresco Dining

    Swimming laps in a custom pool can certainly work up an appetite, but your afternoon of outdoor fun doesn’t have to be put on hold so you can go inside to make lunch.  We have found that most of the homeowners building with London Bay Homes opt for an outdoor kitchen with a top-of-the-line stainless steel grill, an under-counter refrigerator, and sink to prep, cook, and serve to make outdoor cooking feel as luxurious as when you are inside of your home.  This homeowners also find it easier to keep a dining area with a table and some chairs nearby to enjoy their barbecue favorites.  

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    Outdoor Living Rooms

    You’ve played outside and eaten your lunch outside, but another way to thoroughly enjoy your backyard oasis is to create an ideal space just for relaxing. Nature can help us fight depression and stress, as well as increase focus and immunity, so spending some relaxing time outside is beneficial to our overall health and happiness.  With so many health benefits, don’t just spend your time outside jumping in the pool or eating barbecued ribs; take your friends outside for your visit or bring out your favorite book and relax poolside.  You can also position a swing, hammock, or another form of comfortable outdoor seating to take in the view of your picturesque setting.  Often fully accessible from the main living area and the master bedroom suite, outdoor living spaces and courtyards found in Southwest Florida real estate enhance the level of luxury living with walls for privacy, a water feature, fireplace, lighting, plants, and the invigorating Florida sunshine. 

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    Refresh and Revitalize

    There are many things you can do if you’ve already designed your outdoor living space and just want to liven things up.  Sometimes, just rearranging your outdoor furniture can create a fresh new look.  You can also change your cushions, pillows, and accessories to fabrics with more patterns and pops of color to complement Southwest Florida’s natural scenery.  London Bay Homes works with the award-winning designers at Romanza Interior Design to create the perfect outdoor looks for every type of home.  Schedule a tour of any of our luxury model homes to see some of their beautiful designs. 

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    Creature Comforts

    If your outdoor spaces are already designed with trickling water features, beautiful outdoor furniture, and an outdoor kitchen with all of the bells and whistles, you’re almost ready!  Take your space to the next level by adding a fresh bouquet of flowers and some mosquito repellant candles or backyard torches to keep the bugs at bay.  You can also consider some outdoor lighting and speakers for parties that extend into the evening.  When the temperature gets a tad too warm, you’ll love to turn on some misting fans to keep you and your guests cool.

    Ready to dive into summer?  Contact London Bay Homes for a unique custom home building experience or to renovate your existing luxury custom home.  You can also schedule a tour of our many luxury model homes for sale throughout Southwest Florida to start your luxury living lifestyle now.


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