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How To Maximize Small Outdoor Spaces

Small Backyard and Patio

Small Backyard and PatioIt takes a little creativity and reservation when you are looking to maximize small outdoor spaces. “Less is more” is a time tested adage made famous by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (the last director of the Bauhaus and a pioneer in modernist architecture) in 1947 and fully embraced by a large circle of architects and artists of the period. We have seen the aphorism make its way into every corner of modern culture. The saying is well played in this very situation. 

The agents at Coldwell Banker Classic Properties in Central Vermont look forward to selling your home with ingenious ideas stemming from an intimate knowledge of the area and years of experience. Helping you organize your smaller outdoor spaces is just one of those ideas to make your property more attractive to potential buyers. Be it a single family home, condo or even a home with land or a farm with a farmhouse (with certain smaller spaces that need attention) here are some practical tips to get you started in the right direction. 

Curtains: Outdoor curtains for balconies and patios create a sense of personal space and provide shade. There are simple wooden frame options that can accommodate outdoor draperies if an overhead option isn’t currently present. Be sure to follow all the rules governing your property from your HOA as you work on organizing your outdoor spaces. 

Clever furniture: A built in bench or a coffee table that includes hidden storage is a great way to maximize a smaller outdoor patio in any home. A coffee table can also double as additional seating to accommodate last minute guests to that summer BBQ on the patio. Keeping several outdoor pillows (made with weatherproof materials) in your outdoor hidden storage spaces can be quickly accessed and utilized as floor cushions (to provide seating for your more flexible guests). 

Outdoor rug: A colorful outdoor rug can liven up an outdoor patio or balcony and define the space at the same time. Painting a specified section of an outdoor deck with geometric patterns is another great way to liven up an outdoor living space … but it does require a bigger commitment. Outdoor rugs can easily be replaced every season and provide a feeling of change and renewal. 

Green space: A small garden, or perhaps a collection of bonsai trees, will bring a little of the natural world into your smaller balcony or patio space. And where a traditional lawn is not appropriate (balcony) consider a little faux green grass to add a little additional green space. Imitation grass will be best served when complemented by the living plants of your tiny garden. 

Fire pit table: There are a large variety of fire tables to choose from. Many tables can be fueled by propane, natural gas, or bioethanol. The small footprint of a fire table can provide a warm and intimate gathering spot for you, your friends, and your family as you reflect on the world and roast a marshmallow or two. 

Gazebo: Who doesn’t love the sense of space and privacy created by a gazebo? A gazebo or a patio canopy are a great way to utilize space and maximize your enjoyment of a small yard…and will lend itself to the staging process when selling your home. The gazebo or patio canopy will become a focal point and draw attention away from the yard’s smaller size. Choose a structure suitable in size for your yard, you simply want to compliment the space and add a focal point while keeping the yard as open as possible. 

Structures and lighting: Additional elements can be introduced to a smaller yard such as arbors, trellises, statuary, and outdoor lighting to highlight these and other outdoor features. It is best to keep things simple and elegant. And remember to keep the space open. Less is more! 

Creativity and service drive our business at Coldwell Banker Classic Properties. We look forward to working with you on all of your real estate needs in Central Vermont. Contact us today!

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