With natural beauty at nearly every turn, living in this part of the state is all about getting outside. No matter what part of Northern California you’re in, these tips will help maximize your outdoor living and entertaining spaces, no matter what the season or occasion. 

Add Outdoor Furniture and Lights - A well-illuminated set of table and chairs can bring a back patio from passable to perfection. See what a difference it makes to the back deck of 3116 Fox Creek Drive—a refreshing new open-air space is created for dining, game nights or afternoon kick-backs.

Extend Indoor Space - Adding a wall of glass doors will make indoor-outdoor living a total breeze—and bring in plenty of natural light. This design element will help elevate any type of patio (stone, tile or brick) into an easily accessible room that can be used for lounging or  entertaining.

Design Thoughtful Landscaping - Create a park-like atmosphere that will have neighbors and friends trekking to your backyard for a retreat. The winding gravel pathways and thoughtful bench placements over 69 Tuscaloosa Avenue’s 1.71 acres are a great example of subtle, nature-inspired landscape design. 

Bring in a Fire Pit - Fire pits don’t have to be a pile of work. Invest in a pre-made, above-ground version, like the elevated fire pit at 3116 Fox Creek Drive, which is petite enough to provide space for several people to pull up a chair and sip a cool drink or roast marshmallows for s’mores. 

Add Protection From the Sun
  - Any NorCal resident will tell you, a touch of shade can help drop the temp from unbearable to totally manageable—alternatively, it can protect from unexpected elements like a summer rainshower.  Be it a plant-covered (or plain) pergola, an awning, or a simple umbrella like the one on the back deck of 37 Upper Road, shade adds just enough protection from the elements to exponentially increase the usability of an outdoor space.