Integrating outdoor living areas can double the enjoyment of your home, enhance its value and improve the view from indoors. Lawns and gardens are lovely. But if you really plan to use your yard, you also need proper patio, deck, porch or detached structure that’s accessible and visible from inside. Start by creating a level surface, whether that’s a grade-level patio or elevated deck. Next consider shelter from sun, rain and wind. When oriented perpendicular to the sun, open pergolas create attractive shade and a more intimate environment. Screened gazebos and porches offer relief from weather and flying insect. However, an open kitchen pavilion with a lounging area and fireplace may be just the thing to embrace the outdoors without forfeiting creature comfort. We can advise you on low-maintenance composite decking with hidden fasteners, handsome railings, rich paving and dramatic lighting that will draw attention from indoors and elevate your outdoor experience. We also can upgrade your doors and windows to make the most of the new space.