June 26, 2014

Let’s Head Outside!

These long, warm summer days and comfortable evenings are what we wait for all year long in Northeast Ohio. At Dover, we are seeing more homeowners add on outdoor living spaces to gain more practical square footage while taking advantage of the outdoors during our beautiful spring, summer and fall seasons.

In terms of investment, building an outdoor kitchen or family living space is a cost-effective way to add more life to your home. Designed right, the new outdoor room should flow like a natural extension of your home. And who among us isn’t enticed about the idea of gaining a little extra space?

When we entertain, it’s inevitable that everyone ends up the kitchen. Adding an outdoor kitchen space—with a roof overhead—and a comfortable seating area makes for a great entertaining and family gathering space. Adding a fireplace or fire pit instantly gives the addition a cozy, more inviting feel. All-weather flat screen TVs provide more entertainment options; a bar with seating adds an extra dimension and convenience; and retractable screens are a nice option for warding off bugs in the evenings.

But creating a comfortable outdoor space can be achieved on a modest budget, too. As with any home remodeling project, you can go as high-end as you want.  To keep your budget in check think about a stamped concrete patio with a pergola to define the space; add a grill with a dining set or some oversized outdoor furniture; accessorize with an area rug, colorful accents and candles or string lights overhead, and you’ve created a wonderful backyard retreat.

Unlike landscapers, our team at Dover Home Remodelers builds all of our outdoor “rooms” on a concrete pad with pavers laid on top. Or we can create a stamped concrete or stained concrete design. Our master craftsmen manage these projects alongside skilled masons to create fabulous spaces that are built with Dover quality—and that meet our customers’ design dreams, regardless of scope or budget.

If you’re thinking about heading outdoors, we’ve got lots of great ideas. You can also check out Houzz or Pinterest for even more creative outdoor options and design inspiration. Enjoy!

The best is yet to come,
Beth Orr

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