If you’ve been noticing a lot of hype out extreme outdoor spaces lately, you’re not alone. It seems like every design show features an awesome re-do of a backyard patio, perfect for entertaining friends and family, additionally home deocr magazines and Pinterest are full of ideas on how to spruce up that outdoor area. We even took part in some of the craze and posted our own infographic on creating your perfect outdoor entertaining space. But, is there something more than a home decor trend? The Wall Street Journal reports that more buyers are looking for outdoor entertaining spaces these days and features like porches and patios are making a resurgence on the “must-have list”. In June, the Census Bureau reported that 63% of new single-family homes completed in 2013 had porches—up from 42% in 1993 (1). While porches might be making a comeback in the real estate market as a whole, the Luxury Home market, in particular, has seen an increase in the amount of homes with not only outdoor porches and patios, but outdoor areas that serve as additional living spaces in a home, complete with kitchens, plush furniture, and fabulous decor! The biggest draw you ask? Porches and Pergolas, which can provide shade, and a refuge from the heat create spaces that can be used year-round, despite weather conditions, if they are designed correctly. Many also say that the increase in porch desirability bodes well for the resurgence of the friendly neighborhoods of the past, where people spend more time outside their homes, being social and less time locked up in the air conditioning watching TV. What do you think? Are you gunning for a porch or other outdoor space in your next home? Here are some porches we love in Charlotte!
This gorgeous front porch at 635 Diana Drive is inviting and warm, with a great place to sit and relax after a long day at the office, or even to sit , chat, and catch up with neighborhood friends who might stop by! Its a great place to entertain spontaneously, even if your house isn’t fit for company!
This glass enclosed patio at 5401 Colony Road is perfect for entertaining indoors, while still giving the feel of an outside space. Our Favorite feature? The windows can be opened to catch the breeze or listen to the rain without having to battle the elements!
Another great idea for an indoor/outdoor space can be found at 13837 Gran Palisades Parkway. This space is perfect with the large glass panel doors that can open to the outside for more of a porch feel, or can be closed off if its too hot or too cold. Also, check out the awesome kitchen space and outdoor heater, who wouldn’t want to spend all their spare time out there?!
Another great option at 1927 Pinewood Circle includes some covered and uncovered outdoor space, again, perfect for entertaining, grilling and enjoying the outdoors with some protection from the elements! Its also great that there can be two distinct spaces here with the division provided by the covered patio.
This wrap around screened porch at 11137 Mcclure Manor Drive has it all! An eating, space, a conversation area, fans, and a gorgeous set of french doors leading out from the home! And the ceilings are a great feature, not to mention the protection from bugs, and summer storms that are offered by the screen.
If you need more inspiration for your outdoor living spaces, check out our Outdoor Entertaining pinterest board!