Making the Most of Your Outdoor Living Space 

We love our backyards. As kids, many of you reading this blog spent hours in the backyard, playing Kick the Can and catching lighting bugs, while the neighborhood adults chatted in a circle of folding chairs. 

As time went on, the comforts we enjoyed indoors started making their way outside. Folding chairs were exchanged for cushioned seating, grills became outdoor kitchens, and full dining sets replaced faded picnic tables. It was official, the outdoors had become part of our living space.  

Toll Brothers has long shared our appreciation for the outside and builds homes that embrace indoor/outdoor living. Communities, like Toll Brothers’ Granite Heights in Las Vegas, include open-flow floor plans and expansive sliding glass doors that open up the great room to a generous covered patio. And that is just the beginning. There are numerous options available to enhance your outdoor living environment, such as the two-story luxury patios, covered porch additions, multi-size outdoor fireplaces, master-suite decks, open cabanas and conservatories offered at Toll Brothers Alta Vista at Orchard Hills in Irvine, California. 

These enhancements provide the perfect canvas for custom additions. Amenities such as outdoor kitchens, infinity pools, and fire pits not only make your home a more enjoyable place to relax, play and entertain, they can boost your property value. According to CNN Money, About.com and Remodeling Magazine, outdoor kitchens, If designed and built proportional to the home value and location, “nationally return 100% to 200% of the improvement cost.”  

Adding these custom features can be done in tandem with the build through Toll Landscape, a  subsidiary of Toll Brothers. With their expertise in custom planting, patios, steps, walkways, LED lighting, irrigation and outdoor kitchens, you’ll enjoy custom landscape features that beautifully complement the luxurious style of your home. 

Outdoor living and entertaining spaces have become a way of life that ranks at the top of many a home buyer’s wish list. Adding to this wish list is the ability to utilize these spaces year-round.  Some popular items that help extend your outdoor season include: 

Patio Heaters

Outdoor heaters are available in table top, portable, standup, hanging, ceiling and wall mount, offering numerous ways to stay warm and comfortable.  

 

Cooling Systems

Misting systems can reduce temperatures by as much as 40 degrees without noticeably increasing relative humidity, so you can enjoy the outdoors in the heat of the summer.

 

Outdoor WiFi

Outdoor WiFi extenders, also known as wireless access points (WAP) are made to be exposed to the elements year-round and provide the most straight-forward option for getting great Wi-fi coverage outside your home. 

 

Solution-Dyed Acrylic Fabrics

These fabrics come in a huge variety of colors and patterns and are moisture, mildew and UV-protected so they have a better chance of standing up to year-round weather extremes.  

 

The future of outdoor living spaces is bright, with new technologies and amenities continually introduced that add to our comfort and enjoyment. As the leading home builder, Toll Brothers stays on the forefront of these initiatives and enhances its luxury builds with features that support the new ways we are living today.  

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