House and Home August 2016
Smart Upgrades to Make Your Patio More Fun
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If you are looking for a smart way to upgrade your home and make it more livable, you may want to look outside your four walls to the outdoors. Upgrading your patio can make your home more fun and improve your family's quality of life. Here are some smart and cost-effective patio upgrades you can do right now:
Plush Patio Furniture

If you are tired of living with the same old patio furniture, consider a more luxurious upgrade. Look for upholstered patio furniture that is easy to clean, and choose colors and patterns that go well with your existing decorating scheme. Be aware that bright colors and dark shades can fade in the hot sun; if you prefer those colors, you should invest in a set of patio covers to keep them looking like new.
A Patio Umbrella
Enjoying the great outdoors on your patio is a lot of fun, but baking in the sun is certainly not. A quality patio umbrella can shield you from the harsh rays of the sun and help you enjoy those hot days more. Look for a patio umbrella that is easy to open and close and can be easily moved from side to side. You can choose from a wide variety of styles, sizes, and price points—from small umbrellas that fit securely on your patio table to large freestanding ones that can be adjusted to shade the entire area.  

A Fire Pit
Your patio is a great place to be, at least until the sun goes down. Adding a fire pit to your patio is one way to extend your outdoor enjoyment and create a cozy atmosphere for you and your guests. Just choose a fire pit that is sized for your outdoor living space and read the safety instructions carefully.
Better Lighting
If you head inside when darkness falls, you need to upgrade your patio lighting. Lighting up your patio can help you enjoy your outdoor living space more and make those summertime parties more fun. Whether you choose solar lighting that harnesses and stores the sun's rays or a plug-in model that provides plenty of power, enhanced lighting is one of the best upgrades you can give your patio.

William Brundage  -  (248) 980-2455 House and Home  -  August 2016 

William Brundage, Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel, 294 E Brown St , Birmingham MI 48009
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