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It’s that wonderful time of the year again filled with outdoor events and parties on the patio. As a homeowner, having an outdoor retreat brings value and comfort to your home. According to the “What Buyers Really Want” survey from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), more than 80 percent of homebuyers said patios and front porches are “essential” or “desirable.”kliethermes-porch-7

Don’t you agree? Although today’s obsession with technology can often keep us cooped up indoors, there’s nothing like a cozy deck or patio to enhance our outdoor living experience and help us create lasting memories this summer. If you’re looking to improve your outdoor living space and take advantage of what your home has to offer, here are five tips to make your home the place to be this summer:

  1. Light it Up

Exterior lighting is an integral part of outdoor patio design. It not only ensures safety along walkways and provides comfort as the sun goes down, but it also dresses up your home’s marketability and appeal. Personalize your lighting space by using step lights in the composite deck, adding hanging pendants or really impress the neighbors by hanging an outdoor chandelier.kliethermes-porch-1

  1. Make it Cozy

Your outdoor space can be as relaxing and comfortable as your living room. Today’s outdoor cushions can survive the spring downpours and bounce back when they dry. Cozy and comfortable is easy and affordable to achieve by adding some decorative throw pillows or even a few outdoor rugs to make it comfy on those barefoot, summertime feet.

With summer comes fall, so why not add a fire element to make it extra cozy? An outdoor fire pit or fireplace can be just the right touch on those chilly nights.


  1. Move the Entertainment Outdoors

What’s better than watching the game with an ice cold brew? Watching it outside in the beautiful weather on your patio, of course! Boot up your outdoor space, so you can keep entertaining yourself and others while taking full advantage of your living space. Wireless speakers make it easy to move the tunes outdoors, and an all-weather, outdoor TV will keep you outside all season long.

  1. Keep it Cool

The Missouri sun can be treacherous, but don’t let it keep you locked up in the AC all summer. If you have a structure overhead your outdoor living space, consider adding a ceiling fan to help drop the temperature. Add a screen around your living space or hang outdoor curtains to block the heat and sun. Planting trees and bushes along the edges of your space can also help block some of those strong rays (and it’s great for the environment too).


  1. Work with the Architecture

Not sure where to start with your outdoor living area? Kliethermes Homes & Remodeling can help. We can use materials to gradually transition and reinforce a connection between your home and patio. Whether that is creating a screened-in porch off the deck or by softening the edges to establish gentle borders around the patio, we can help make your outdoor living area a cohesive and integral part of your home.


Cale Kliethermes

I was born and raised in Columbia. In 1996 I moved to Colorado, where I ultimately (after playing for several years) earned a double major in business administration
and finance through Regis University. After college, I enlisted in the Marine Corps and served four years, doing three consecutive tours to Iraq. In the Marine Corps I specialized in building and explosives. I got out of the Corps in 2009. Four years ago, I moved back to Columbia to work with my father, Dan, and our business, Kliethermes Homes & Remodeling.

Want your outdoor living area to be the go-to place for fun and relaxation this summer? Contact us to schedule your home remodeling project. Our skills and experience allow us to tackle everything from outdated kitchens and bathrooms to custom decking and porches. Your dream home is our command, and we’ll assist you every step of the way. Whether your need is for a residential or commercial outdoor paradise, we’ve got you covered.


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