August 29th, 2018

Make the Most of Your Outdoor Living Space

At Arden, porches do much more than just add curb appeal – they extend your living space outdoors, putting you that much closer to nature. Gathering with family and friends to enjoy Florida’s natural beauty is part of the lifestyle at Arden. With these tips and ideas, you can take full advantage of this often-underutilized space and transform it into your new favorite hangout spot.

Keep it Functional

Porches are valuable living space, so take advantage and include décor that not only ramps up the design, but adds a level of functionality. A rocking chair is a classic addition that’s ideal for sipping tea or wine while chatting with neighbors. A small table and chairs provide a place to get some work done from home, or have a romantic dinner alfresco with your significant other. Adding a porch swing or hammock makes the space more inviting, and creates the perfect place to curl up with a good book or get in an afternoon nap.

But every family has different needs, so make sure you’re using the space for what’s best for you. Add some hooks for coats or dog leashes, create an outdoor mudroom so dirty shoes stay outside, or even use it for extra storage space for all of your gardening supplies. The options are endless!

Make it Yours

Include personal touches that make the space uniquely yours. Incorporate your favorite color or pattern, include some throw pillows, hang up twinkling lights or hunt for a perfectly funky side table. And don’t forget about the floor! You can opt for a wood porch for a more traditional feel, stain cement a fun color or toss down a patterned rug to add texture and interest.

At Arden, gardening is part of the lifestyle, and your porch is the perfect place to show off your green thumb. Overflowing pots of vines, vibrant flowers, jewel colored succulents, or even a container garden of herbs and veggies are just a few of the options!

For even more ideas on how to decorate your porch, take a look at our Front Porch Living Pinterest board.

Arden’s home builders – Ryan Homes, Kennedy Homes, Lennar and Kenco Communities – include some of the most sought-after features in their home designs, from classic front porches to innovative home automation. To learn more about the homes and lifestyle at Arden, join our Founders Club.