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Home Design Upgrades for Summer

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Home Design Upgrades for Summer

Designing for summer means revamping outdoor living spaces for increased comfort and functionality

June 20, 2023
House backyard with pool and covered dining for outdoor living
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Wednesday marks the first official day of the summer season, and for homeowners looking to soak up the sunshine while keeping their houses cool, that may mean it’s time to redesign. When creating an outdoor living space suited for hot summer weather, adding a grilling area increases livability beyond interior space, while larger additions such as swimming pools can drastically boost a home’s resale value, according to Housing Design Matters.

Pools provide relief from the heat, but they have many other qualities. The sound of moving water is very soothing and can drown out unwanted noises of a nearby road or highway. Moving water when illuminated at night takes on a magical quality, enhancing any outdoor space at night!

Long days and warm nights mean lots of outdoor activities. Outdoor living continues to be a huge sales driver and remains a competitive advantage for newer homes. Of course, you can offer a covered back porch (or lanai as we call them in Florida), but don’t forget outdoor living can extend beyond the roof line of your homes. This is especially important in areas that don’t get too hot. Warm nights are also inviting for evening outdoor gathering.

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