As winter winds down, Midwesterners rejoice at the first glimpse of spring. Move over snow and ice, and make way for sunshine and warmth. This is the season most of us wait for, and when it hits, you can’t keep us indoors. So why not boost the appeal of your outdoor space to make it the perfect setting for soaking up springtime.
Here are a few tips on how to pump up your outdoor spaces to maximum porch potential:
Create a conversation area. Just like inside your home, you want to create a space on a front or back porch, where family and friends can gather to talk to one another. Situate comfortable chairs in clusters to accommodate conversation with a table in the center or on an end, if space allows. A pop of pillows should create a relaxing space for any family member or guest. The HardiePlank® lap siding in Timber Bark and crisp Arctic White HardieTrim® boards paired with these colorful seat cushions provide a modern back porch setting.
Let the view be your focal point. When it comes to an outdoor space, let nature be the center of attention. Whether your view is a sparkling lake, a tree-lined street, or a big green yard, face your outdoor seating toward the view for hint of relaxation and plenty to talk about. We love this Wisconsin home’s view of the lake and the way its straight edge HardieShingle® siding in Boothbay Blue complements its surroundings. The outdoor seating and large windows all seem to point to the epic lake view.
Shape the perfect spot for a shindig. A backyard space is ideal for your grill, backyard bar and family-style table. This home’s staggered edge HardieShingle siding adds a laid back and funky vibe. Plan on having plenty of friends and family if you create a back porch like this one, equipped with high-top and family style tables, interesting lighting for ambiance, and plenty of seating options.
Celebrate, Midwesterners—it’s time to put away the snow boots and strap on the sandals. Get outside, relax in the outdoor space you’ve designed and soak up springtime.
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