The pandemic has increased outdoor living space at homes and restaurants. Towns have issued special permits that allow restaurants that didn't typically have outdoor seating to get creative and take over a sidewalk or ally way. People have seen how easy it is to create additional living space at home.
The Cape house has always been a place to enjoy outside space. Many restaurants already offered outdoor seating and homes are often set up around BBQ'ing and entertaining spaces outside. You typically have more space and cooler nights on the Cape than in the city or a land-locked suburb.
As a realtor, I hear the request for a nice patio, deck, or yard a lot. Making improvements to your outdoor space will make your home more attractive when you are ready to sell.
Here are a few ways to improve the outdoor space at your Cape House.
1. Curate an outdoor lounge space
Looking to re-live a memorable beach vacation? Set up an outdoor lounge space on your patio or in the yard to give your outdoor space a tropical feel. You can scour the internet for lounge chairs, chaise lounges, hammocks and outdoor sectionals, or create your own, like a one-of-a-kind outdoor lounge bed. All you need to complete this project is a platform bed frame, a futon mattress and outdoor fabric to cover it. (If you’re not handy with the sewing machine, this would be a simple task for a local upholsterer to tackle.) Plop some outdoor pillows on top for added comfort and style.
To complete your lounge, add in some side tables, a few candles, and maybe a glass of wine to create that all-inclusive atmosphere.
2. DIY outdoor movie theater
Re-creating a movie theater experience in your own backyard doesn’t have to be complicated: All you need is a white sheet that can be tautly mounted on a flat surface (a shed or siding on your apartment patio will do just fine), a projector, and your phone to play movies, TV shows or whatever else you’re binging these days.
3. Create an outdoor bar
There’s no shorter commute home than from your own property, so why not create a place for libations in your outdoor space? You can, of course, buy a bar online, or you can repurpose an old table or desk — or even get crafty with some cinder blocks, concrete glue and a few 1 x 6 boards to create your very own.
Gather your Bluetooth speaker, your favorite cocktail ingredients, and a few glasses to get the ambiance of your favorite bar right at home. Here are a few ideas for inspiration, including bars you can squeeze into the smallest of outdoor spaces.
4. Beautify a barn or shed
A barn or a shed is a utilitarian structure, but that doesn’t mean it has to be an eyesore. Spruce it up by painting it a bold color, attaching some shutters, adding some flower boxes, installing a stone path, or even stringing up some lights to zhuzh up that forgotten space in the backyard.
5. DIY fire pit
If a camping trip is too much to squeeze into your days off, you don’t have to miss out on everyone’s favorite camping activity: the campfire. You can easily create a DIY fire pit for your backyard in seven steps, which only requires a few supplies you can pick up curbside at your local home improvement store. Not a big DIYer? You can always buy a prefab fire bowl that’s just as effective at creating that warm, cozy campfire glow. Be sure to look into local burn bans and regulations for best practices in your area.
6. Make an Outdoor dining destination
Maybe you’ve become a marvelous home chef over the past few years. Mix up nights at home a little by making an alfresco dining destination in your backyard or patio. In addition to an outdoor dining table and chairs, lay down an outdoor rug and string up a strand of lights or craft yourself an outdoor chandelier to transform your evening meals.
7. Create a Game area
Backyard yard games have become more popular than ever. Put together some of your favorites. Here are mine.