Enhancing the outdoor living space has been a huge trend in home improvement in the past few years, making the backyard more enjoyable for homeowners while adding value to the home. In fact, I recently overhauled my own back patio, which we featured in the Outdoor Living At Its Best web series and Today’s Homeowner TV episode. Here are seven improvements to consider for your outdoor space:

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    1. Outdoor Kitchen
      Installing a full-functioning outdoor kitchen is a great way to entertain outside without making numerous trips in and out of the house. Grills, range hoods, sinks, refrigerators and other cooking appliances can be easily incorporated outdoors and serve a purpose year-round. You’ll be able to enjoy your guests while preparing meals and fixing drinks all at the same time.
    1. Folding Doors
      Stacking compactly to the side of the opening, folding glass doors use a smooth track system, creating a seamless transition between your indoor and outdoor living spaces. Folding doors also help maximize the natural light coming into your home, whether they’re open or closed.
    1. Outdoor TV
      Installing an outdoor television on your patio doesn’t mean just bringing an indoor TV outside. By being sealed from moisture and resisting the glare of the sun, outdoor TVs are built to withstand the elements and have better performance than other TVs. So, make sure you choose a television that is specifically designed for outdoor use.

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    1. Water Feature
      A water feature can set a more relaxed atmosphere with its soothing sounds and attraction of wildlife. It can also act as a charming focal point of your backyard and enhance your outdoor living space.
    1. Fire Table
      Including a fire table will make your patio much more comfortable, whether you’re relaxing on your own or entertaining guests. If you often have parties going late into the night, a source of heat will allow guests to continue enjoying the event without getting too cold in the winter. The best part about fire tables is they blend in with the rest of the patio furniture while creating a cozier, more communal feel.
    1. Ceiling Fan
      Ceiling fans are a great way to create a breeze on your patio. By choosing an energy-efficient model, you’ll stay cool during the summer without racking up the energy bill. With an outdoor kitchen, the uses of an overhead fan increase as it can circulate the air so steam from the grill doesn’t settle in the sitting area.
  1. Retractable Screens
    Motorized screens, such as ones from Phantom Screens, are the perfect solution for bringing the outdoors in. The retractable screens appear at the touch of a button and disappear when you don’t need them. Custom made and professionally installed, they provide fresh air, shade from the sun, climate control, protection from insects, as well as a bit of privacy while sitting on the patio.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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