Pro Tips on Transforming Your Outdoor Space into an Oasis

By guest writer, Maria Cannon,

When the weather starts to warm up, it is only natural to want to spend as much time outdoors as you can. From playing your favorite sports to getting out in nature, there are so many ways to enjoy the beautiful days of spring and summer. A favorite way to spend time outside is by relaxing on your porch or patio. However, if you haven’t updated your exterior furniture and decor lately, your outdoor space may need some work.

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The real estate experts at RE/MAX Whatcom County share their top recommendations for creating an outdoor oasis at home on a budget.

Add shade to your porch or patio

In warmer climates, the sun can quickly make your porch or patio feel like a sauna. To enjoy your main outdoor space to the fullest, Houzz points out that it’s essential to add shade in any areas you plan to spend time. Multiple solutions—that work for any size space—can effectively block the sun and cool the immediate area. These ideas can include a budget-friendly gazebo, a large umbrella, or even an affordable porch screen.

If you are looking for a more permanent solution (that can also increase the value of your home), a porch screen with retractable vinyl curtains or powder-coated shutters, a retractable canopy, or an awning is your best bet. If you plan to sell your home in the near future, watch current trends to ensure that you are installing a shade option that potential buyers will like.

Buy gently used outdoor furniture

Happy Happy Nester notes that making your outdoor space comfortable is an absolute must. If you, your family, and your guests must sit in hard chairs with no space to set food and drinks, it is almost impossible to relax.

Update your outdoor furniture to correct this problem. Rather than buying brand-new outdoor table and chairs sets (which can easily cost over $1,000), find pieces that are gently used. Search online neighborhood group boards, consignment stores, and yard sales to find the exterior furniture you want. In fact, it isn’t uncommon to stumble upon excellent furniture for little to no cost when searching local sales groups on social media.

Decorate with fabric

Using fabric for decorative purposes is a wonderful and budget-friendly way to transform a space — both indoors and outdoors. Browse your local craft store to find patterns that match the look and feel you are trying to achieve on your porch or patio. Also, be sure that the fabrics that you select are sturdy enough to hold up outside.

Once you’ve found what you are looking for, you can use the fabric in a number of ways. You can reupholster old cushions and pillows, hang fabric for decoration, or sew a tablecloth for your outdoor table. Additionally, consider purchasing an outdoor rug to create a cozy and inviting environment.

Create privacy without building a fence

On average, according to The Home Depot, the cost to install a privacy fence can range between $1,000 to $10,000. When looking to stay on a budget, a fence often isn’t a feasible option for your backyard.

Thankfully, there are less expensive ways that you can create privacy for your patio area. The Spruce mentions that one creative solution is to plant tall ornamental grass and plants that obscure views of your outdoor space. Bamboo, palms, zebra grass, and feather reed grass are all fantastic options. Another great way to introduce a sense of privacy to your patio area is to set up a tent gazebo that has fabric walls that can be zipped up. Oftentimes, these gazebos range between $400 and $600.

Spruce up the deck

It’s always a good idea to reseal your deck from time to time to prevent premature aging of the wood surfaces and joints. Add staining to the task and you’ll end up with a like-new feature for your backyard oasis. Also consider adding some lighting to show off the work. This can be hanging outdoor lights, tiki torches, or planters with lights around the perimeter of the deck.

Turning your porch or patio into an outdoor oasis doesn’t have to cost a fortune. For several hundred dollars, you can make meaningful changes that create a comfortable and serene environment.

About us. Thirty years ago, a local girl (Sehome High School, Washington State University, and Western Washington University grad) launched a small start-up with a big dream. Little did RE/MAX Whatcom County founder and CEO Lori Reece know that her company would become not only the most successful brokerage but also respected nationally and across industries. Her team, 90+ sought-after professionals, leads by serving thousands of clients and building market share. Learn, collaborate, be kind. When you’re doing all that—together—you know you’re in RE/MAX Whatcom County, the house that Lori built.

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