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All Decked Out-Redesigning and Staging Outdoor Rooms

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Home sellers tend to overlook the fact that their outdoor spaces can be prime real estate for showcasing.  It doesn't need to be difficult or expensive to enhance your "outdoor room", as the following example shows.

Whether you have a small balcony or patio, or a deck the size of a small airport landing strip, you can take advantage of the space you have and turn it into a private escape with an outdoor room makeover.

This is the first of a series of outdoor room redesigns and stagings meant to illustrate common situations and how they may be transformed.  It's a true redesign-the makeover was accomplished using only what existed in the home. Obviously, not every home will have the exact accessories needed, and as in this example, stand-ins were used to highlight what was needed to complete the look.

The medium sized deck with basic outdoor furniture was originally arranged with a large open space for gathering. Seating lined the railing, creating a void. The color of green unified the various pieces but also contributed to the somewhat rigid and ordinary feel. The grill, serving cart, table and chairs were crowded together in the far end of the deck in an attempt to make them more convenient and to create a dining area.  Instead, it made the deck seem smaller than it was. The space was certainly large enough but awkwardly arranged and felt uninviting.



To make the most of all of the available space, zones were created for grilling, dining, entertaining, serving and for conversation, with plenty of room for moving about. Spreading the furniture out in this way actually made the deck seem even larger because of the amount of room between each zone. 

The electric grill was relocated to provide a safe buffer zone between it and guests. The serving cart became accessible to both grilling and entertaining areas, ready to be rolled into the dining area when needed. A conversation grouping makes better use of the open space and beckons visitors.

Weather resistant accessories were selected from the home's furnishings to add color, comfort and interest. The green of the furnishings became the perfect neutral backdrop to the patterns and textures. The eclectic mix created a better transition between the feel of the house and the outdoor room.  For the reveal, the deck was dressed for an evening meal with drinks and appetizers while dinner was cooking on the grill.

The result is an extension of the house that is multi-purpose, functional, attractive and welcoming. This deck makeover took a little over an hour. What a difference it made even without the exact pillows and accessories.  When a deck or patio is staged or redesigned, people are more apt to walk out and lingered, discussing what a great space it is rather than just peering out of the door at it or taking a cursory look. 

This somewhat forgettable deck became memorable with just a little bit of redesign and staging. Make the most of your indoor and outdoor spaces when selling your home! 


Linda Sticklin
Home Staging & Organizing - Berwyn, PA

I wrote about this exact thing in my monthly e-newsletter! Sellers think curb appeal but often neglect outdoor spaces that can be a positive selling feature. I find these spaces are often overrun with toys as well--not exactly highlighting their positive features.

May 15, 2010 02:34 AM
Connie King
Sevierville, TN

The photos speak volumes.    So much more eye catching and polished.   Great post.

May 15, 2010 02:43 AM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Pam, this is a very good point.  Now that the good weather is upon us, the deck or balcony can't be ignored.  This is extra real estate, so it makes sense to make it look the best it possibly can.  I love the way you've created zones in your example above.  Great job.

May 15, 2010 03:14 AM
Pam Faulkner
Faulkner House Interior Redesign - Herndon, VA
Room Transformations Fairfax & Loudoun Counties VA

Linda, you're right!  Curb appeal is emphasized in articles and on TV but the backyard usually just gets a nod, if that.


Connie, thank you, the client was just so amazed even though I had explained what I was going to do.  I guess that's why we are stagers-we can see the potential that the homeowner or the buyer can't without our help.


Sally, yes this IS real estate as you pointed out, and it shouldn't be forgotten.  Taking the extra time to stage the area can make the home memorable.  Love the name of your business by the way ;)

May 15, 2010 08:25 AM
Cindy Richter
Interior Motiv Home Staging - Flower Mound, TX
IRIS Dallas, TX Home Stager

Makes me want to sit down and enjoy it!  Great job. 

Aug 24, 2010 06:08 PM
Pam Faulkner
Faulkner House Interior Redesign - Herndon, VA
Room Transformations Fairfax & Loudoun Counties VA

Thanks Cindy!  Outdoor rooms are the last place people think about when prepping their homes.  I like to show them that it's valuable real estate.

Aug 25, 2010 05:08 AM