Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Savor the Warm Weather Seasons in Your North Shore Outdoor Living Space!

With warm weather just around the corner, you may be anticipating spending the longer days outdoors in the North Shore!  After making it through a Chicago winter, the warmer seasons are just the thing needed to help you fall in love with Chicago’s North Shore all over again.

As a North Shore Real Estate agent, I’m dedicated to all things related to the home and helping clients truly enjoy their North Shore home. If you are as ready to soak in time outdoors this year as I am, read on!  

Today I wanted to take time to focus on your outdoor living space and what you can do to make it a welcome retreat for your North Shore home.

1. Shield the view- If you find your backyard backs up to a neighbors without any privacy, or the homes on your street are set so that you can easily see multiple neighbors’ yards; consider shielding the view.  Sometimes the most un-relaxing thing is knowing others can see every move you make. Add shrubs or dwarf trees to, not only add green to your outdoor space, but to give yourself the atmosphere of a true respite.

2. Create a focal point- One of the main tips for an outdoor space is having a focal point.  Whether its a water feature, an outdoor fireplace, or an art installation; this can bring the space together and also act as a conversation piece.

3. Offer a variety of seating options- Benches, stools, couches and chairs will offer enough seating for everyone!  Kids will feel included in having their own seating and multiple seating allows you to easily move things around for your needs. 

4. Put everything in its’ place- Organize any outdoor tools such as hoses, watering cans, brooms or garden tools in such a way that is visually appealing and keeps your outdoor area from feeling cluttered.  It will also ensure you know exactly where everything is!

5. Create outdoor “rooms”- If you have the space, be sure to have separate seating arrangements to make your outdoor area feel like a true living space!  Break up the dining area from the lounge space and the kids area, and you’ll give off the feeling of a more spacious area!

I hope these tips help inspire you to begin dreaming up your outdoor space for your North Shore home.  If you’re new to the North Shore area, you’ll see first hand why spring is one of the most anticipated seasons of the year, and you’ll want to make sure your home on the North Shore is outfitted for spending time outdoors!

If you don’t currently live in the North Shore, but have been considering jumping in to the spring North Shore Real Estate market; please let me know!  There are a wide variety of beautiful homes currently on the North Shore market and new ones springing up each week!

I would love the opportunity to talk with you about finding and buying your new North Shore home!

Janie Bress
Your North Shore Real Estate Expert

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