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How to spruce up your outdoor space

Outdoor living ideas from Williams Lumber

Kim Williams, VP of Retail Operations at Williams Lumber, shares tips on how to design your backyard oasis.

Designing a backyard oasis is a cherished ambition of many. I love a space where my loved ones and I can unwind and create memories. Making your dream outdoor space into a reality requires careful planning and a clear vision of the desired outcome. Meticulous consideration is the key in creating a sanctuary you can enjoy for years to come.

Zoning is your first step

To start, designing in zones is crucial. Zoning is a technique interior designers use to create functional areas within parts of a home. For an outdoor space, this would mean allocating distinct areas for dining, lounging, and being active. This ensures that every corner of the outdoor space is utilized for enjoyment, regardless of its size.

A seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living spaces has always been a priority for me. Trex® decking—a wood-alternative composite made from pressed wood and plastic—offers a myriad of design options, from simple ground-level decks to elaborate multi-level configurations, including outdoor kitchens and living rooms. I believe Trex® is a smart investment as it doesn’t have the annual maintenance associated with wood, so it costs less but delivers more over a lifetime.

Outdoor patio

Integrate hardscaping elements

Once the zones are delineated, integrating hardscaping elements becomes essential to unify the landscape. Walkways, patios, and walls not only enhance visual appeal but also foster continuity throughout the backyard. Williams Lumber is proud to offer a diverse range of options from premium hardscape brands including Cambridge Pavingstones with Armortec, Delgado Stone and Unilock.

Get creative with feature elements

Adding feature elements such as fire pit areas or pergolas elevates the ambiance of the backyard, offering even more opportunities for relaxation and entertainment. With pre-packaged kits from Trex® Outdoor FurnitureTM, incorporating these elements becomes a hassle-free endeavor, enhancing the overall allure of the outdoor space.

No backyard sanctuary would be complete without an outdoor kitchen that marries functionality with ambiance. Cambridge’s outdoor kitchen kits with stainless steel appliance packages offer an ideal setting for culinary endeavors amidst nature’s beauty.

Adding value to your home 

A functional, well-designed outdoor living space has so much to offer, including comfort, extended living and entertainment space, and added home value. Did you know that a premium patio costing around $5,000 can increase the resell value of a home by up to 10%, earning a return on investment of at least 80%?

Not ready to build? Renovating an existing patio can cost as little as $2,000 while increasing a home’s value similar to building a patio from scratch. Patio renovations and remodeling can result in higher ROIs of up to 500%.

With the expert guidance of Williams Lumber & Home Centers, you can anticipate transforming your backyard into a haven where relaxation, entertainment, and cherished memories converge. Look to Williams Lumber’s certified designers and associates for expert advice on designing and building your great outdoors. Visit one of our seven convenient locations throughout the Hudson Valley today to get started on building the outdoor oasis of your dreams. It’s time to breathe new life into your backyard and create a space that truly reflects your vision of blissful outdoor living.

Williams Lumber
6760 Rte 9 · Rhinebeck · 845.876.WOOD
3679 Rte 9 · Hudson · 518.851.3641
908 Rte 82 · Hopewell Junction · 845.221.2751
34 Bloomer Rd · Tannersville · 518.589.5200
9-11 East Market St · Red Hook · 845.758.5615
2424 Rte 44 · Pleasant Valley · 845.605.3520
317 Kyserike Rd · High Falls · 845.687.7676

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