During a long pandemic winter, we’re all a little anxious to enjoy the Great Outdoors. Being able to enjoy the sunshine and a warm breeze from the comfort of home is the ultimate luxury. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to create a desirable outdoor living space. Here are some of the best ideas we’ve discovered for creating outdoor rooms on a budget.
Make a cozy front porch
It doesn’t take much to make your front porch cozy and inviting on a cold winter evening. Give your front door a fresh coat of paint in an eye-catching color, add a rocking chair or two, and finish with some hearty winter plants. Soon your neighbors will be stopping by for a up of hot cocoa and a friendly chat.
Build a fire pit
Imagine making s’mores over a fire pit while you watch the stars at night. You don’t have to spend a small fortune on a fire pit. You can easily assemble one yourself with pavers and fire bricks. Creating outdoor rooms on a budget can be a fun project for the whole family!
Create a “room” with pavers
Pouring a concrete patio can be pricey. You can create the same effect with concrete pavers for just a fraction of the cost. Laying your own paver patio is fairly simple, and you can dramatically increase the amount of outdoor living space available to you. It’s the perfect spot for a lounge chair or two!
Hang string lights
It’s really incredible how you can create space simply by adding a few lights. One of the best ways to turn a square of grass or patio into an outdoor room is to hang string lights across the space. You can choose from a wide variety of styles, including solar options if you don’t have an outdoor electrical outlet. Lights can even stay out all year long — adding to your holiday light show!
Would you like to create an outdoor room that has some privacy? One of the most affordable ways to do this is to simply hang curtains. The curtains will allow natural light to filter into your space but also keep the neighbor’s prying eyes away.
Anchor your space with rugs
Finally, put a finishing touch on any outdoor room with a rug or two. Outdoor rugs come in a variety of sizes and colors and are extremely affordable. A rug can help to define a space and pull it together, and outdoor versions hold up well even in winter weather.