Spring has officially sprung. As the temperatures get warmer and the days get longer, it’s…
Spring is just around the corner – the Vernal Equinox is this Sunday, March 20. Usually, by this time of year, the Baltimore area is starting to see daytime high temperatures in the low 60s. Take advantage of the glorious temperatures and take a walk around your property. Now is an excellent time to think about how you can upgrade your outdoor living spaces to make the summer of 2022 the best summer ever!
Look for problems with erosion, drainage issues, cracked concrete, winter tree damage, and more. Make notes of what you see. At the same time, be thinking about not only cleaning up and making repairs but about ways you can improve on what you already have.
Below, we’ve listed some of the top upgrades to your outdoor living spaces. Start small with just one upgrade, or go big with a complete overhaul.
Landscape Design Upgrades
If you’re like most homeowners, you have some downed branches to clean up from your yard. As you do that, pay attention to your trees, shrubs, and garden beds. Did any of them sustain enough damage over the winter that they died or were damaged so severely they should be removed?
Now is the time to clear out the old and bring in the new. Did you get tired of mowing last year? Consider adding new garden beds or pathways to reduce the amount of turfgrass. Did winter rain and snowmelt cause erosion or drainage issues? Bring in a professional to regrade or add retaining walls, based on their analysis of what you need.
Do you want to add more flowering trees? Now is a great time to do that. Just be sure to select trees that will thrive in the space you have. Think about sun/shade, how big the tree(s) will be when fully grown, and plant accordingly.
Outdoor Living Upgrades
We’ve talked mostly about the living plant material in your outdoor living spaces. Now it’s time to talk about the hardscape elements that can enhance your enjoyment of your yard. These are the most popular elements our clients ask for. And again, we can help you with just one upgrade, or a complete overhaul of your outdoor spaces.
Adding an inground pool is a sure way to turn a large area of turfgrass into a poolside paradise. You’ll want to consider whether a fiberglass pool or concrete pool best suits your vision and budget. And if you have an old concrete pool that has seen better days, you can bring it back to life with pool renovations such as new plaster, tile, coping, and more.
Depending on how old your home is, you may still have a concrete slab of a patio or a cracking stamped concrete patio. Neither of these truly enhances your high-end home. Consider replacing your concrete patio with a paver patio or natural stone, or a combination of the two. A custom patio design can provide curved edges, multiple levels, built-in seating, and a whole lot more.
While you’re getting a new patio, consider adding an outdoor kitchen, especially if you love to grill and entertain. Or if you have a lovely patio already, adding a kitchen can make it even better. We build high-end outdoor kitchens that rival some indoor kitchens! And be sure to consider making a pavilion part of your plan. A covered outdoor kitchen protects you, your guests, and your kitchen from the harsh rays of the sun, as well as rain and hail.
Another thing to consider adding to your patio or yard is a fire pit or outdoor fireplace, or both. A built-in fire pit is a great place to gather on cool spring evenings and well into the winter months. It can be located on your patio, or we can build another patio in an outlying area of your yard. This creates a separate outdoor living space that’s perfect for private conversations.
And by adding an outdoor fireplace at the edge of your patio, you create an outdoor living room with the fireplace as the focus. It can also be located at the edge of your outdoor kitchen if you plan to use the fireplace for cooking.
Make It Exceptional. Make It Woodfield.
From upgrading your landscape design to adding a new inground pool, the team at Woodfield can help you get the outdoor oasis you’ve been dreaming of. Our process ensures you receive outdoor living spaces that are truly exceptional. Contact us today to arrange a consultation by filling out the online form or calling 443-299-6500.
We serve Maryland homeowners throughout Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Cecil County, Harford County, and Howard County.