More people than ever will be taking “staycations” this summer, opting to enjoy the summer at home, rather than having to deal with the vagaries of travel in the age of Covid-19.  So this may be the ideal time to do that outdoor living space upgrade you’ve been putting off!

Whether you live in a six-bedroom house or a studio condo apartment, if you have outdoor space, why not turn it into your summer oasis of calm – a place to do nothing but relax and recharge?  Not only does an attractive outdoor living space reap rewards for your blood pressure, it can also be financially rewarding if you are selling your home during the spring or summer months.  While a back yard, deck, terrace, or balcony is already a must-have for many buyers, an outdoor space that has been dressed up to show at its very best is irresistible, just as important as your home’s interior!

No need to spend tens of thousands of dollars on elaborate landscaping either.  Simply designing an attractive and welcoming seating and entertainment area is all that is needed.  And don’t only think in terms of outdoor furniture.  An outdoor rug, lighting, flowers and greenery, water features and art pieces in and around your seating areas will all enhance your space – no matter how small.

Take a look at the outdoor living spaces of these condos and homes, large and small, for inspiration!

21 Nassau St #311 – For sale – Listed at $699,000

88 South Drive – For sale – Listed at $9,995,000

25 Oxley Street #1106 – For sale – Listed at $1,295,000

385 Brunswick Ave #107 – For sale – Listed at $3,498,000

378 Berkeley St – For sale – Listed at $3,595,000

156 Portland St #710 – Sold – Listed at $1,380,000

15350 Bathurst Street – For sale – Listed at $19,950,000

94 Amelia St – Sold – Listed at $2,950,000

66 Brunswick Ave – For Sale – Listed at $4,595,000

551 Kensington Court, Fort Erie – Sold – Listed at $819,000

77 Maitland Pl #422 – Sold – Listed at $699,000

66 Coady Ave – Sold – Listed at $1,360,000

Where to shop for your outdoor furnishings

Need a place to start shopping for your new outdoor space?  Here are a few Toronto and area retailers to consider:

ARD Outdoor – 3019 Dufferin St.
416-551-6055

Beautiful collections of furnishings to suit every taste. In business for 53 years, ARD Outdoor’s manufacturing expertise provides clients with quality outdoor furniture, featuring innovative design and unique materials.

Casualife Outdoor Living – 507 Lakeshore Road E., Mississauga (905-990-5433) and 6 Shields Court, Unit 1, Markham (905-475-8353)

Casualife has been serving the outdoor living needs of the GTA for almost 40 years, providing uncompromising quality, paired with exclusive and exquisite design. Visit their 5,000 square foot Mississauga showroom or their 12,000 Markham showroom.

Fresh Home and Garden – 16 Eastern Ave.
416-367-3906

Features some of Canada’s most highly-regarded collections of outdoor furniture, fabrics, and accessories. Shopping in their 20,000 square foot space – a former foundry, flooded with natural light – is an experience on its own!

Hauser – 218 Merton St.
416-479-4499

A family business for over 70 years, Hauser manufactures beautiful, contemporary outdoor furniture that reflects the quality that is their hallmark. Shop their Made in Canada collection, produced from start to finish by expert Canadian crafters.

Jardin de Ville – 44 Sherbourne St. (416-363-8323) and 1276 Caledonia Rd. (647-417-0202)

A Quebec company founded in 1956, Jardin de Ville has forged a world-class reputation over the years, and is a leader in the realm of high-end garden furniture. They also offer outdoor pavilions and textiles, all manufactured in Quebec.

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