One of the most effective ways to upgrade your living space and attract potential home buyers is to look outside. Spruced-up outdoor living spaces are increasingly a significant selling point for home shoppers while simultaneously expanding your enjoyment as the owner and resident. Whether you’re selling your Honolulu home or plan to enjoy your home for years to come, an outdoor living space makeover is a great investment.
Go beyond installing a small backyard swimming pool or tacking on a lanai to the rear of your Honolulu home and think creatively as well as functionally. Consider how you and your family live, and want to live, on a daily basis. What daily actions or rest periods lend themselves to an outside venue? What events or activities would get you outside more often? What parts of your home’s exterior are most striking and could anchor a newly constructed living space?
Hawaii offers some of the most breathtaking natural beauty in the world, so it’s smart to expand your home’s outside spaces for you, your family and guests to enjoy. And you don’t have to spend a fortune to do it. Talk to your real estate agent to learn what buyers in your area value most. Then consider the following five ways to refresh your outdoor space for summer living.
1. Embrace Sustainability With Green Landscaping Design
Thinking more sustainably about your landscaping is a great way to help preserve biodiversity, as well as save time and money in caring for your yard. Create a lush, natural exterior for your home by sticking to trees, plants and bushes that are indigenous to Hawaii and will therefore grow well in the tropical climate.
Native species include Wikstroemia uva-ursi (or ‘Äkia), hinahina, and beach vitex as ground cover; shrubs such as Hibiscus calyphyllus, Hawaiian white hibiscus, and Hawaiian cotton; and trees such as Hawaiian coral tree, Hawaiian soapberry, and alahe’e. These indigenous species can upgrade your landscaping with a lush and lovely aesthetic that melds perfectly with your home’s natural surroundings.
2. Add Retractable Walls To Meld Inside And Outside Living Spaces
If your home has a living space that leads through a door or other entryway to an outdoor porch space, consider adding a retractable floor-to-ceiling wall to create a blend of indoor/outdoor living space. These walls can be made of glass or screening material, and can either slide or open up horizontally to let the sweet Hawaiian breeze in. It’s like having the best of both worlds, where the natural beauty of Hawaii infuses your home’s interiors with its magic while keeping it safe from the elements.
3. Build a Small Fire Pit
Is there anything better for outdoor living than a cheery outdoor fire? Cozy up around the light of a bright and safely contained blaze with your family and friends at night. Put safety first and make sure your pit will contain the fire. You’ll also want to make sure you have a fire extinguisher on hand, just in case. Create seating around the fire pit and use your new outdoor space for conversation, games, storytelling, or making s’mores!
4. Build a Bar
If you already have an outdoor living space in your backyard, why not expand its use by building a bar? A dry bar can be built for a fairly small investment since it doesn’t require extending water service and installing a sink. You just need some kind of counter space and storage to place your materials temporarily; you’ll want to store bottles, supplies, and glasses inside in between uses of your outside bar.
5. Don’t Forget the Lanai!
Last but far from least, if your home doesn’t have a lanai, now’s a great time to build one! The Hawaiian lanai is traditionally associated with easygoing relaxation and communing with the vast beauty of nature. The traditional lanai is built on the ground floor in the back of the home, typically with one side open to the great outdoors but with a roof covering the flooring to shield the room from rainfall. You can choose from a variety of styles and 15minutes4me designs, with many different kinds of materials for flooring (although cement and concrete are popular choices).