Summer is quickly fleeting, but it’s not over yet! There’s still plenty of time to renovate your outdoor living area at home, and enjoy it for a while before the cold Colorado fall and winter seasons set in. 

An impressive outdoor living area is often the first thing noticed by passers-by and home buyers, making it a great way to increase the curb appeal of your home. You may even end up the envy of the neighborhood.

The options for sprucing up your outdoor space are limitless, and can be overwhelming for those without an eye for design. Just knowing where to start can be a challenge without any inspiration. Here are 6 ways to improve your outdoor living space at home from RMPS Landscaping.

Create Shade with a Pergola

Sometimes colloquially referred to as a “patio roof”, a pergola differs from a gazebo in that the roof is typically flat, not curved. In addition to acting as a roof for the patio and providing shade, pergolas can also add character and make your outdoor patio feel more like home.

Another great pergola perk is that it acts as a support structure for lighting. Globe lights, string lights, or even a chandelier can extend the usable hours of your outdoor space well into the evening. 

Warm Things Up with an Outdoor Fireplace

If you’re wondering how you can upgrade your outdoor area for cold-weather use, a fireplace is a great starting point. In addition to providing warmth and acting as a light source, an outdoor fireplace or fire pit can increase the curb appeal and overall value of your home, as they are enormously popular elements of outdoor spaces. 

If you’re intent on building a fireplace yourself, there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube and other online resources to get you started. Alternatively, you can buy a pre-built fire pit from Home Depot, Lowe’s, Amazon, or a specialty store in your area. 

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Appease Your Senses with an Outdoor Water Feature

Humans share an intimate connection with water, and the popularity of outdoor water features can attest to that. Whether you’re looking to install an extravagant stone fountain as the centerpiece for your circular driveway or create a tucked-away oasis complete with a pond, there are countless possibilities for outdoor water features that will help you stay in touch with nature right outside the comfort of your own home.

Stacked faux stone fountains are a popular choice for their versatility and ease of installation. These and other types of water fountains are widely available at home improvement and specialty stores across the country.

Get to Gardening

A garden is one of the easiest, most versatile, and most affordable ways to enhance the appearance of your outdoor living area. Most homeowners have some minimum of plant life or landscaping in their yards, and many go all out with dozens or even hundreds of plants, trees, shrubs, and foliage.

Even a simple, raised-bed flower garden with a picket fence can be enough to draw the attention of visitors and guests. Rose or lilac bushes around the perimeter of a home can add color and character. And best of all, plants and gardens complement and enhance almost all other outdoor features–including pergolas, firepits and water fountains!

Experiment with Levels, Color, and Lighting

When it comes to your outdoor living area, the best advice anyone can give is to customize  it to your liking. Outdoor landscaping is an art, and the sky’s the limit when it comes to what you can achieve–given enough inspiration!

One great way to personalize your outdoor living space is to experiment with levels, color, and lighting. Stacked stone walls or stairs, for example, help create distinct, separate levels between areas, while a variety of lights add depth and color.

Contact Your Local Landscaping Design Company

If you’re feeling a lack of inspiration or simply don’t have the time, energy or resources to go the DIY route, consider contacting your local landscaping design company. They tend to know outdoor landscaping like the back of their hand, and will have plenty of designs, suggestions, and ideas to help you create the perfect outdoor living space for your home. 
At RMPS Landscaping in Castle Rock, we offer a host of outdoor landscaping services, including outdoor lighting, hardscaping and stone work, water features, sod, plant and trees, and landscape renovation. Visit our featured projects page for inspiration, and when you’re ready to get started, contact us! We look forward to helping you create your ideal outdoor space.

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