Take Your Cook County Home Living Outside


1As we approach warmer, longer days, you may be feeling ready to enjoy some backyard grilling. Now through the summer months is the best time to gather with friends and family and enjoy this favorite American tradition. Many homeowners are embracing the growing trend of outdoor living rooms, where the comfort of home is extended to the backyard. If it’s time to update your yard or if you’re planning to sell your home, an outdoor living room may be just the thing to add. These spaces can add value to property, increase the aesthetic of your backyard and attract more potential buyers.

If you have a deck or patio already in place, you can take it the next level by installing a pergola or trellis corner walls. With either of these options, adding in vines to increase natural greenery is an easy thing to do as these structures provide the support for climbing plants. Plants such as wisteria, coral honeysuckle or Virginia creeper are all fast-growing vines which do well in planting zones 4-6, which is the range for most of Cook County. With a two-story home, incorporating both levels into one outdoor living space can enhance the flow from one area to another, and create a truly memorable and inviting space.

2Another ongoing trend which helps make an outdoor living room that much better is the fire pit. With the wide range of styles and sizes, building a fire pit for your outdoor living room can make this a year-round spot to enjoy and enhances the ambiance for any entertaining. Using stone or brick can provide a classic fire-pit look which can also add to the overall feel of your outdoor space if you include stepping stones leading from your house to the area or add in a low wall to delineate the space, which can also provide additional seating.

3Outdoor living rooms need not be right next to your house. With some creative landscaping and a meandering rock path, you can create an inviting trail of sorts which will take visitors to your outdoor space. A tucked away nook with a seating area and water feature such as a fountain or small pond can be an ideal location for a reading space or visiting with friends. If you have flowerbeds which have seen better days, consider repurposing them to become a cozy living area. Adding in paver stones or brick to set a floor and installing a lattice trellis or archway will help set the space apart.

Other great ideas to consider for an outdoor living room include portable heaters for cooler nights, adding lightweight curtains to a pergola or gazebo for added privacy, and solar lighting.  You can find more inspiration to create your own outdoor living room with this great article published by HGTV.

Outdoor living rooms not only expand on the space you already have, they can add value to your property and make an excellent feature to highlight when listing your home for sale. When you’re ready to sell or buy a home, you want to work with a Realtor® who understands the market and puts their experience to work for their clients. We’re ready to put our expertise to work for you. Learn more at our website, DriscollProperty.com, then contact the Driscoll Properties Team at 847-533-6786 to help you discover the home of your dreams.