Massachusetts homeowners are creating outdoor living spaces that bring all the comforts of home to the great outdoors.

The days of the plain old cement stone patio complete with plastic lounge chairs is giving way to beautifully designed, hardscaped living environments that bring the comforts of your living room right into your backyard.

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Creative backyard transformations take some planning, a bit of a budget and some landscape design skills, but with a little thought, almost anything you can think of can be incorporated into your outdoor environment.

Hardscaping your backyard can add a comfortable, relaxing area to your home that’s the perfect place to entertain and create cherished family memories. Plus, a hardscaped outdoor living space adds tremendous value to your home when it comes time to sell. A recent study by found that hardscaping can return as much as 150% of your investment when you sell your home.

Today’s technology has made almost anything you use indoors available for outdoor use. Your vision is only limited by your creativity and your budget. Here’s a sample “ultimate outdoor living room wish list” to inspire you to create your own stunning backyard transformation!

Comfortable Seating – Your outdoor living room is the perfect place to relax after a long day. Make it comfortable and inviting with deep cushion seating. Today there are plenty of manufacturers offering large plush weather proof couches, lounge chairs, arm chairs and ottomans that can rival the comfort of your indoor living room. There’s no better feeing than sinking into a deep, soft easy chair with your favorite book and a glass of wine to catch the sunset!

Outdoor Kitchen/Dining Area – When you have friends over, it’s inevitable that everyone will find their way to the kitchen to socialize. This happens whether you’re inside the house, or outside! An outdoor kitchen can be a great addition to your backyard transformation. Today, natural stone grill stands can incorporate refrigerators, outdoor cook-tops, beverage centers, warming drawers and all the conveniences of your indoor kitchen. There’s no better way to spend a warm summer evening than dining “al fresco” with your family and friends!

Fire Feature – Adding a fire feature can extend your time outdoors. Here in Massachusetts summers are short. Adding a fire pit, or outdoor fireplace as an element of your outdoor living room can give you a comfortable inviting space to gather around as the temperatures drop. Plus, is a great place to gather the kids and make ‘smores!

Outdoor Electronics – Today, outdoor “all-weather” big screen TV’s are available that can transform your backyard into the perfect place to gather friends, throw some burgers on the grill and cheer for the Sox, or the World Champion New England Patriots! Add some well-placed outdoor wireless speakers and create the ultimate outdoor “man cave” to catch a game under the stars!

An outdoor living space is the perfect place to hang out with friends, relax after a long day, or just share a family meal. With a little creativity, you can create a backyard transformation that will provide you with years of enjoyment. Plus, it will improve your home’s curb appeal and add value when it’s time to sell! Want to learn more? Give us a call or visit the Old Station Outdoor & Landscape Supply website. Let us help you create your own outdoor living room “Ultimate Wish List!” We’re here to help you achieve your creative vision!