How to Make the Most of Your Outdoor Space

May 19, 2020


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It’s finally feeling like spring (or even summer) here in Minnesota and it couldn’t be coming at a better time. Everyone is anxious to be getting outside, and also trying to stick close to home, which means using outdoor spaces at our homes more than ever. Whether you have a tiny bit of space or a huge piece of land, these are a few of our favorite ways to utilize your outdoor space.

Invest in quality outdoor furniture

It’s hard to enjoy the outdoor space at your home without a space to sit and relax! Invest in at least a couple pieces of quality outdoor furniture, even just a couple chairs and a bistro table, and you’ll be much more inclined to get outside. If you have a bigger space to work with, a couple outdoor sofas or a lounge is a great option. You can even set up a full outdoor dining space, which is so dreamy and perfect for hosting summer gatherings (eventually!)

f-8 exciting ideas for your porch
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Cook outside

If you have the space for a grill, this is a no-brainer. Grilling is a perfect option for cooking in the warmer months, and leaves you with less dishes, too! If you want to get really fancy, you can install countertops and create a full outdoor kitchen – or just a small setup around the grill for all the necessities.

Stay cool (or hot)

Pools and hot tubs are a bit complicated, since they’re definitely a lot of work, but they’re undeniably a fun addition to your home! There are also a ton of options. Make sure to do your research, and then enjoy your own personal oasis! Bonus: hot tubs are lovely on chilly Minnesota evenings!

Stay active

Make sure to take advantage of your outdoor space to get some physical activity. Especially with so many gyms closed right now and the weather warming up, there’s no better time to get outside and get moving. Try an at-home workout in your driveway or yard, or you can go all-out with a personal sport court!

Think vertically

If space is limited, and you only have a small deck, patio, or balcony, you can decorate and make use of vertical space too. Think hanging flower pots, whimsical lights, vertical herb gardens and more.

Patrickson Farmhouse 5 Tier Leaning 1 ft x 1 ft Iron Vertical Garden
Photo: Wayfair

Multi-use items

This is another great choice if your outdoor spaces are limited. Choose furniture with built-in storage, or that can collapse easily when not in use. Your patio can double as an outdoor dining/entertaining/yoga studio if you’re able to quickly move pieces around when needed!

We want to hear all about your outdoor spaces and how you like to use them! Let us know in the comments, and make sure to follow us on Instagram @AlmaHomes, too! Have a great week!

Photography: Melissa Oholendt, Laura Rae Photography, Spacecrafting Photography, Sarah Olfelt Photo, Alma Homes

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