Home outdoor space – How to maximise its use

22 Feb, 2022

Home outdoor space – How to maximise its use

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Homeowners the world over like to enjoy their home environment. Many of us really like having a dedicated home outdoor space to relish in the warmer seasons. Here are some top tips on how to make the most of any outdoor space you happen to have at your disposal. Read on to learn more about how to optimise your outdoor space without spending too much.

Home outdoor space is precious – Here’s how to maximise that space

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It’s probably no surprise that homes with outdoor features are much sought after. This is especially true since a global pandemic has changed how people spend their time at home. With people spending more time at their property, maximizing the use of any home outdoor space for gatherings is key. And this will become even more so as we head into Spring.

While giving your home outdoor space a refresh is a no-brainer, there’s another area of the home outdoor space that homeowners are transforming to great effect.

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Colourful and structured plants in large pots will make attractive focal points in a garden that last for years with regular feeding and watering

The front porch

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If you find housesitters they can keep your home looking occupied and your plants and garden looking healthy and cared for in your absence.

Even homeowners with limited front space are finding creative ways to make this area extend beyond the front door. Many create a real feature making it a nice architectural detail. In fact, in a recent survey from the real estate experts at HomeLight, agents found that a well-maintained and usable front porch could add an estimated $5,686 in resale value.

If you want to maximize your front porch, take a cue from the experts.

Make the most of your front porch for impact in your garden

Create the ideal home outdoor area

Even the tiniest of homes likely have some space that could work as a front porch. Your first step is to assess the space you have. See if you can make additions to create space at the front of your home. Aviara Pavers shares that the use of ‘hardscaping’ like a small deck or pavers, can work wonders in this area.It can create the space that will be your “front porch” if you don’t already have one.

Outdoor furniture

Ideally, you’ll want enough space for a couple of chairs and maybe even a table and some form of green. Your outside spaces will be more comfortable and functional with excellent patio furniture. A little stone patio may be transformed into an alfresco dining destination with a large table and comfortable seats.

If you’re seeking outdoor furniture that can withstand our harsh weather, checking online or websites like windwarddesigngroup.com is likely your best option.

Think about how you might streamline your space to give you room to get creative. If you’re thinking about selling your home, updating your front porch can also add what agents call  curb appeal. This will attract home buyers.

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Add some green to your home outdoor space

Plants are one of the core elements of creating a welcoming outdoor space and for your front porch planter boxes can work well. The type of plants you pick will depend on your home’s climate and how much time you want to devote to watering and maintenance.

Colourful flower pots can create a focal point to your yard, Use all weather planters to ensure they endure all weathers.

With some planning and the right accessories, you can make your front porch the perfect spot to relax and entertain. Getting some all weather planters will make sure your plants survive any temperature and weather conditions you may experience. With a variety of styles to choose from, these can also add a touch of style to your outdoor space.

You may also want a few additional features like some outdoor lighting or perhaps an outdoor rug. The options are endless with a little creativity.

Low maintenance pet friendly options for your home outdoor space

You may want to consider low-maintenance succulents or you can add an irrigation system to be sure that they are always looking their best.

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Dogs love to run around an open space, especially a wild flower meadow. Make sure it is well fenced and secure.

Make your home outdoor space comfortable

To create a comfortable home outdoor space that you will actually use, outdoor seating is a must. If your space is limited, a couple of cafe chairs and a table can do the job to give you a place to sit and have a conversation with friends or neighbors. For outdoor areas with more space, rocking chairs or loungers with cushions can add some extra comfort.

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Using outdoor lighting can create a wonderful sense of occasion any time of year

Enhance that space outdoors with light

As the days get longer, the front porch can be a place to gather even into the evening by adding a little light. While you probably already have lighting in the front of your home so you can see your front door at night, you can make your front porch cozy with a few different light sources.

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Add strategic lighting to ensure you can make the most of your home outdoor space at night

The power of lighting for your outdoor space

An overhead light, string lights, or stake lights that rest in planter boxes can all be ways to add a secondary light source that goes beyond just lighting the front of your home for safety. Be intentionally adding light, you’ll create an ideal place to spend warm spring and summer nights.

By giving your front porch a little TLC, you’ll have a space to relax while enjoying the great outdoors. If you have a home and garden you will need house sitters to do garden sitting to care for your home outdoor space while you’re away.

Try a network that offers trusted garden and house sitters who also pet sit for free

The beauty of a trusted housesitting and petsitting network like Housesitmatch.com is that we have thoroughly ID checked all our members for safety.

So every one can see when the checks are clear and complete. We like to offer transparency to build trust within our network.



At Housesitmatch.com we often share practical tips and tools that can help our members. Here are some blogs published earlier that offer more information and advice on gardening.

Home gardening to save money – 7 Top tips 

Gardening tips – How to stop insects eating your plants 

Home gardening safety tips – Green thumb 101

Housesitters keep pets safe at home and save money

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