5 Great Additions You Can Add To Your Home’s Outdoors 

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5 Great Additions You Can Add To Your Home’s Outdoors 
5 Great Additions You Can Add To Your Home’s Outdoors 

5 Great Additions You Can Add To Your Home’s Outdoors

There are many ways to make your home feel more comfortable, from the way you arrange your furniture to the how you decorate, but there is another part of the home that should not be overlooked: the outside. By creating an inviting and visually appealing outdoor area, you can drastically improve the overall look and feel of your home. Here are five easy and affordable ways to add to improve the look and feel of the outdoor area around your home. 

Plants and landscaping

Just as plants can add an element of comfort to the inside of your house, they can have the same effect on the area surrounding your home. Good landscaping can make all the difference in the curb appeal and general coziness of a yard and there is no shortage of ways to accomplish this. Professional landscaping can be expensive, but you can easily turn a drab looking front or backyard into an attractive space just by adding some plants on your own. 

Awnings & shade

It’s great to have a nice backyard with plenty of room to enjoy a nice summer day, but it’s much more inviting if you have some shade to relax in. That doesn’t mean you have to do something extravagant or costly to stay cool; something as simple as a fabric awning can provide more than enough shade for your family and visitors to be able to relax outside, even on a sunny day. If you live in a particularly hot climate, an outdoor fan can be a nice way to bolster the comfort level for you and your guests on a hot or muggy day.

Add a fire pit

Just as some shade can make it more comfortable to spend time outside when it’s hot, a fire pit can make a chilly night very cozy. Something as simple as setting up some chairs around a fire pit can change an otherwise drab and chilly yard into an inviting and enjoyable atmosphere in the evening. Not only can a fire pit keep everyone warm while visiting, but it adds a visually appealing element to a space that may otherwise remain empty and unused. 

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Even if you have the most beautiful yard in the neighborhood, it won’t much matter if it’s too dark to enjoy. There are tons of options for outdoor lighting, many of them very affordable. Even adding a string of white lights around the perimeter can liven up a dark and shadowy yard. Tiki torches are another good option, especially if you live in an area where bugs can be problematic, in which case you can use citronella torches to keep the bugs at bay. One thing to remember with outdoor lighting is that it doesn’t have to be overly bright to change the feel of the yard. Just enough light to eliminate shadows so that people can see each other and where they’re walking is usually enough to do the trick. 


If you’re going to be hosting people at your home, or even if your family just enjoys spending time outside, it’s always good to have background music. That doesn’t mean you need to invest in a full outdoor stereo system complete with speakers. A simple Bluetooth speaker can do the trick and easily allow you to bring your favorite playlist or mood music to the outdoors. 

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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