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Make the Most of Your Outdoor Living Space This Spring

BarbadosIIextdnfinalThe Barbados II at Country Club West

One of the best parts of living in Southwest Florida is the abundance of warm weather. Our Neal Signature homeowners have so many ways to enjoy the Florida sunshine — from covered lanais and private pools to outdoor grilling and dining spaces.

As temperatures start to rise, you’ll find yourself with unlimited opportunities to get outside and take advantage of your outdoor living space. Below, you’ll find four tips for utilizing your outsiding living area to its fullest potential.

Create the Perfect Space

The first step to properly enjoying your outdoor space is to make sure you have the right tools to do so. This means outfitting your lanai with the right furniture and appliances for the job. Depending on how large your space is, you may need to think about how you’d most like to use it, and prioritize your furniture that way.

Outdoor kitchens are a great addition to any home. Having a fully outfitted kitchen with a stove, grill, small refrigerator and cabinet space can allow you to move your meal prep outside so you can enjoy the fresh air. Add a good dining space with comfortable chairs, and you’re all set to enjoy your meals al fresco.

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The Palmavera at Country Club East in Lakewood Ranch

Treat your outdoor space as an extension of your indoor living area. Create a comfortable place to relax with pool chairs, an outdoor dining space and a sitting area, complete with outdoor couches and a coffee table. Finish your outdoor space with artwork, lighting and decorative accents like rugs, pillows and plants.

Take Your Morning Routine Outside

Whether you love to ease into your day with a cup of coffee and a good book, or try to squeeze in a home workout before heading off to work or starting in on the to-do list, find ways to take your morning routine outside.

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The Montecito at Country Club East in Lakewood Ranch

Have your breakfast on the lanai, swim a few laps in the pool or read the morning news while lounging on your patio furniture. Starting the day with some fresh air and sunshine is one of the best things you can do for yourself each day. We all know vitamin D is important for bone growth and immune function, but there are also studies that suggest getting outside can help people stay healthy and functioning longer in life.

Entertain Outdoors

Entertaining is a great way to both show off and enjoy the house you’ve worked so hard to turn into a home. Host a dinner party with the intention of enjoying the meal outside. Treat your lanai as a blank canvas that can easily be transformed into a beautiful dinner party space with a few simple touches.

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The Barbados II at Country Club West in Lakewood Ranch

You can have a themed event, such as a Tour of Italy night with wine and classic dishes, and add small things like flowers, greenery and candles that make a big impact. An outdoor kitchen is a perfect opportunity to cook and visit with guests while they enjoy hor d'oeuvres poolside.

Unwind on the Lanai

Much like starting your day outside, you should also look for ways to relax and unwind with some fresh air at the end of a long day. Whether with a glass of wine or your favorite book, taking some time to breathe and release any stress from your day can go a long way in having a peaceful night.

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The Palmavera in Lakewood Ranch

A private pool and spa is a great way to have a relaxing evening at home. With beautiful stone patios and waterfall details, it’s the perfect atmosphere to end the day with a few leisurely laps and some time in the spa.

Do you have any other tips or advice on how you enjoy your outdoor space? We’d love to see how you’ve decorated your space to take advantage of our beautiful Florida weather. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter and show us how you utilize your outdoor space!