Creating an Outdoor Living Room: The Ultimate Wish List

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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!

2017-05-02T09:28:03+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|What's New|

About the Author:

Emerson Martins is the owner of Old Station Outdoor & Landscape Supply and has over 15 years of experience in the hardscape business. After owning his own hardscape company, he opened Old Station in October 2013. Emerson envisioned a place where both homeowners and contractors could shop, receive supreme customer service, and see their home or business projects come to life. Old Station Outdoor & Landscape Supply is that destination. Emerson treats all his customers with the same high quality level of service he likes to receive. Many landscape supply yards treat the homeowner like an outsider, but at Old Station everyone is welcome. Emerson takes the time sit down with the homeowner and go over step-by-step how to complete their specific project. He will advise on topics large and small such as how far they should dig down in the ground and what kind of base they need, or the best kind of polymeric sand to use and how to use it. Or if a homeowner is having trouble picking out a paver for a project, Emerson will be there to listen and recommend which product will best suit their needs—no project is too small for his consultation. At Old Station Outdoor & Landscape Supply, we pride ourselves on our referrals. Rest assured, we will recommend the best, qualified contractor for your job through our Contractor Referral Program. Better prices, more options, and superior service. The knowledgeable staff at Old Station Outdoor & Landscape Supply will provide you the finest service and assist you in achieving your outdoor home or business goals. We look forward to serving your hardscape and landscape needs.