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5 Tips to Get Your Outdoor Living Space Ready for Summer

by London Bay Homes

Summer is right around the corner, and there's no better time to start preparing your outdoor living space for the warm, sunny days ahead. Whether you have a sprawling backyard or a cozy patio, transforming your outdoor area into a summer-ready oasis can provide you with a private retreat for relaxation and entertainment. Let's take a look at five ways to get your outdoor living space ready for summer.

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1. Water Features

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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.

2. Al Fresco Dining

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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. Homeowners also find it easier to keep a dining area with a table and some chairs nearby to enjoy their barbecue favorites.  

3. Outdoor Living Rooms

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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. 

4. Refresh and Revitalize

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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. 

5. The final touches

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If your outdoor oasis is already equipped with serene water features, stylish outdoor furnishings, and a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen, you're on the right track! Elevate your space by adding a touch of nature with a vibrant bouquet of flowers and some mosquito-repelling candles or charming backyard torches to keep pesky bugs at bay. Consider enhancing the ambiance with outdoor lighting and speakers for those evening gatherings. And when the summer heat becomes a bit too much, cool off with the refreshing breeze from misting fans to ensure you and your guests stay comfortable.

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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