Inside Out: Bringing the Comforts of Home Outside

If summer’s warm temperatures are luring you outdoors, here are some ways to add the comforts you enjoy inside your home to the outside.

Front Yard Courtyards

The front courtyard is America’s new gathering space. Adding patios, comfortable seating and crowd-friendly layouts makes the front yard a welcome sign for neighbors to gather and mingle. You can find more information on creative enclosure and plant ideas at Landscaping Network

Fresco™ Wall System, Slaton Plus™ Tumbled Paving System

Fresco™ Wall System, Slaton Plus™ Tumbled Paving System

Outdoor Kitchens

Let’s face it: Being the cook at a barbecue isn’t a lot of fun if you’re shuffling between kitchen and patio. The solution? Bring the kitchen outside.


Fresco™ Wall System

You can start simple by building a grill surround to add counter space or imagine a full kitchen complete with sink and refrigerator. The possibilities are endless when the cook helps create the kitchen.

Dining and Seating Areas

No outdoor living space is complete without areas to dine, sit and relax with family and friends.

If you entertain, estimate how much patio space you’ll need for a dining area and for general seating. Upgrade the size of dining tables to serve a crowd and purchase extra chairs if necessary.

You can also define spaces by incorporating concrete wall or paving systems, by varying elevation of areas with different uses or by adding structural elements such as pergolas and columns. The landscape design below does it all!

Highland Stone® Retaining Wall System

Highland Stone® Retaining Wall System

Home Value

Improving your outdoor spaces can not only increase your enjoyment of your lawn – it can also increase the value of your home.

According to Minnesota real estate agent Erik Wood of Edina Realty, landscaping isn’t just about curb appeal anymore. “Buyers want to see how the yard is integrated into their lifestyle,” said Wood. “Raised patios with kitchens and lots of seating for entertaining are popular and really move a house to the top of the list for a potential buyer.”

Whether you aspire to nap under the sun or entertain under the stars, creating a functional outdoor living space is sure to pay off.

Visit Anchor Block Company’s website for more home landscaping ideas. Whatever inspiration you find, tell us about it in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.