Creating Your Ideal Outdoor Entertainment Space Post COVID-19

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Creating Your Ideal Outdoor Entertainment Space Post COVID-19

Hello everyone, we hope you’re enjoying your weekend. Here’s another delightful article from Heather Chilvers! Now that we can have small gatherings with the ones we love, Heather’s post gives us a few ideas of how we can transform outdoor spaces to host our loved ones.

Heather is amongst Coldwell Banker Bermuda Realty’s. leading Sales Agents. She has over 30 years, experience in Real Estate. If you have a question for Heather, please contact her at hchilvers@brcl.bm or 332 1793. All questions will be treated confidentially. You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

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Design Your Own Private and Exclusive Outdoor Space

The post-pandemic future of entertaining may be focused more on the outdoors, particularly during the summer months.  There are predictions that once the pandemic is in control, people will be meeting up but not in large numbers. So, small dinners for six or eight people may become the norm. You can probably forget about large gatherings for quite a while.

Socializing is likely to become more private and exclusive; more one-on-one communication in a safe environment amongst a small number of people. Perhaps takeaway food will be ordered from fine-dining establishments. And of course, home cooked meals or pot luck suppers.

The question then is, “Do I have a suitable outside space in which to do this?” And if not, “How do I make one?” Read on for a few ideas….

PATIOS

If you have a patio, perhaps considering covering it. Patio covers form an extension of your house and can quite effectively give you an extra room outdoors, with plenty of space for social distancing.  This allows you to incorporate an extra year round entertaining space to your home. You can also add features like heaters, chimneys, or ceiling fans. With the outdoor trend being a preferred meeting place post pandemic, having a covered area for lounging or dining can be a valuable addition to your home. If this item is not really affordable for you at the moment, you can get a similar feeling with a roll out canopy a sun sailor an umbrella. Look for an umbrella with enough coverage and a cantilever so you can move it around as the sun moves around.

LIGHTING

Lighting is becoming an important feature of outdoor spaces. It can illuminate key architectural or landscaping accents, add a level of security or safety, or provide ambience for an entertaining area. A cost effective way to provide lighting are battery operated candles in glass vases or unusual shaped bottles. You an also use fairy lights to give a magical feel once the sun goes down.  Eco friendly options top the lighting trends for outdoors, with many people opting for LED or solar-powered lights.

LOW-MAINTENANCE PLANTINGS

When you’re getting ready to plant its important to keep in mind that low-maintenance gardens, drought-tolerant plants and less turf grass have become the norm in landscape design. Homeowners now assume sustainable design will be a major part of the plan – both for economic and environmental reasons.

EDIBLE GARDENS

Edible gardens may have been overlooked and forgotten over the past couple of years, but they are definitely making a comeback. They can not only save you money but also help you stay active and perhaps develop a new hobby. Plus they provide healthy food options that you and your family can enjoy, there is nothing quite like eating tomatoes ‘fresh from the garden’.

OUTDOOR KITCHENS

Grilling and BBQing are summer staples. But maybe you want to add something new this year. Wood-fired or hearth-baked pizzas are no longer just a restaurant order. Homeowners who want this unique, artisan flavor on their pizzas are purchasing stand-alone outdoor pizza ovens, as well as portable units that utilize grills for their heat source.

WATER FEATURES

Water features continue to be a top trend for outdoors. But that doesn’t mean you have to build a pool. Add a fountain, fish pond or a birdbath. These options not only look great but also add a peaceful element to your outdoor space that can help lower stress. No matter what you decide to do, always remember to consider options in terms of the overall impact on your property value. After all, your home is probably one of the biggest and most important investments that you will make in your life time.

Local Bermuda is about the Bermudian way. If you would like to contribute a story to be shared on our blog, please email us at support@local.bm or submit a request here and we’ll reach out to you. Stay safe everyone!

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