Outdoor living spaces are important parts of every property. They give you a place to relax outside, breathe in some fresh air, and decompress from the rigors of everyday life. Many outdoor living spaces are pretty simple, with nothing more than a patio and seating area. However, there is so much more you can do with that space. If you want to take your outdoor living space to the next level, then there are 3 things you can install: an outdoor kitchen, fire feature, and outdoor lighting. All of these features not only improve your quality of life, but they also bolster your property value. Keep reading to learn more about these 3 installations!

1. Install An Outdoor Kitchen

A gorgeous outdoor kitched at dawn.

One way you can take your outdoor living space to the next level is by adding an outdoor kitchen to your property. Outdoor kitchens expand your home's living area, enable you to spend more time outside, and enhance the value of your property. There are 2 types of outdoor kitchens you can install: a custom outdoor kitchen or an outdoor kitchen kit. Custom outdoor kitchens are built from scratch and are made to meet your exact preferences and style.

If there is a certain feature that you want to include in your outdoor kitchen, then it can be incorporated into the design. Features commonly added to outdoor kitchens include refrigerators, sinks, dishwashers, grills, bars, and pizza ovens. Outdoor kitchen kits, on the other hand, come pre-built with certain amenities and are installed as a unit on your property.

2. Install a fire feature.

A beautiful outdoor fireplace with great seating around it.

Another great way you can take your outdoor living space to the next level is by installing a fire feature. Two of the most popular fire features are fire pits and fireplaces. Both of these amenities are excellent additions to any property and will keep you warm while gathering outdoors with friends and family. Fire pits and fireplaces can be gas-burning or wood-burning depending on your preference. Gas-burning fire features tend to be more convenient to use, while wood-burning fire features offer a more authentic experience with crackling wood and smoke. Similar to outdoor kitchens, fire features can either be made from scratch or installed as a pre-built kit.

Popular materials used to build fire pits and fireplaces include natural stone, concrete pavers, and cultured stone.

3. Install Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting is enhancing an outdoor living area at night.

The final way you can take your outdoor living space to the next level is by installing outdoor lighting. Outdoor lighting illuminates your property night at night and offers many benefits. These include:

  • Showcasing the beauty of your landscaping after the sun has set.
  • Extending the amount of time you can spend enjoying your outdoor living area.
  • Increasing the safety of your property by lighting up commonly traversed areas such as walkways, driveways, and patios.
  • Enhancing the security of your property by making it harder for possible intruders to hide under the cover of darkness.

Outdoor lighting displays can be custom-designed for your property. To maximize their value, make sure to use low-voltage LED lights that are durable and energy efficient. LED lights are much better options than traditional light bulbs because they will last longer and have less of an impact on your electric bill.

Call today to schedule your hardscape installation!

Are you ready to take your outdoor living space to the next level? If so, then we can help you get there. At Outdoor Expressions Landscaping, we provide a variety of professional hardscape installation services to residential, commercial, and HOA property owners in East Lansing, Okemos, Haslett, MI, and nearby areas. Our team can install stunning outdoor kitchens, fire features, and outdoor lighting that elevate your outdoor living space. We have been serving local home and business owners since 2002. Call us today at (517) 333-7999 to schedule a consultation for your hardscape installation!