Summer in Colorado means Barbecue season, longer days and more time spent on the patio. Many Coloradans eagerly await this time of year and are ready to trade in their gardening gloves for their favorite set of tongs, a spatula or three, their favorite apron and a cold drink.

If you’re planning to host the neighborhood Fourth of July BBQ, here are a few tips and tricks from our experts on how to upgrade your outdoor space.

1. Add a Firepit / Outdoor Kitchen

If you’ve been thinking of adding a firepit to your outdoor area, now might be the perfect time to do so. This is a classic way to extend the life and usability of the space into the fall and even winter months.

There are numerous firepit designs and options, so make sure to take the time to find which one will best fit your needs. We suggest one of our built-in options to ensure durability. As a bonus, adding this element to your home will help play a role in increasing your home value.

2. Planters & Pots

Likely the quickest option to upgrade your space is by adding planters or pots and filling them with flowers or greenery. Pots can be purchased new or second hand at your local thrift store, and adding flowers can be as simple as a quick trip to your local farmers market or nursery.

Look for plants that will naturally repel bugs, or add flowers that coordinate with the exterior of your house.

3. Lighting

Warm outdoor lighting after dark is one of the most welcoming features of a patio or outdoor space, and it happens to be one of the most affordable and simple ways to get more use out of your patio! Just a couple lines of string lights can add hours to an outdoor evening.

Bonus: nighttime lighting will also provide an element of security and keep your home safe from potential break-ins or vandals.

Other lighting options include built-in lighting, tree lighting or walkway lighting.

4. Pavers

If pouring additional concrete is too high of an investment, pavers may be a good option for you.

Whether installed by our team at Detailed Landscape or installed on your own, pavers are a great addition. They can provide walkways, add dimension or even expand your current space. Pavers come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and materials, giving homeowners the opportunity and flexibility to add a personal touch. They are also relatively inexpensive to repair.

5. Add an Outdoor Shade Sail or Pergola

With the harsh Colorado sun, it’s always beneficial to have a little extra shade for time spent outside. Adding an outdoor sail, or a custom pergola is a great way to extend the life of your patio even on the hottest summer afternoons. With both a shade sail or pergola, you can enjoy a beautiful aesthetic, shade, and space for a breeze to keep you cool.

6. Add Heaters

In Colorado you’ll have the opportunity to utilize an outdoor heater year-round. In the summer you can turn them on late at night, and during the spring and fall months you can use them to extend the life of your patio into the evenings.

Because outdoor heaters can be free-standing or mounted on a ceiling or wall and can run on propane, natural gas or electricity, it’s important to do your research before installing one.

If you have questions or want expert advice on how you can upgrade your outdoor space, contact us today for a free estimate!