For homeowners, having an outdoor space to entertain friends and family is one of the best parts of Calgary summers - and condo owners are no different! Even in a low-maintenance condo, there are many features available to ensure your outdoor space is as welcoming as your indoor space.
1. Patios and Terraces
It’s the time of year where everyone wants to sit back and soak up the sun - without having to go to a restaurant or bar. Having a welcoming patio space is desirable when it comes to outdoor entertaining and many condo developments feature patios or terraces precisely for this reason. If you're in the market for a new condo, be sure to ask your prospective developer if patios and/or terraces are included in their plans.
In addition to offering beautiful views, balconies are the perfect place to relax and enjoy a glass of wine with friends. For added privacy for you and your guests, there are some excellent DIY’s on balcony privacy that will also give you some added sun protection during the day. This way, you can focus less on the sunscreen and more on creating some fun memories.
Music takes any outdoor space to the next level. Consider installing some outdoor speakers to enjoy your favourite tunes. Alternatively, balconies included in newer developments generally include outdoor outlets so you can easily plug in a portable stereo or Bluetooth speaker.
4. Green Spaces
Having a shared or even private green space can give you the opportunity to both entertain and do activities. Even if you don't have your own personal yard, condo developers take this into account when considering nearby amenities. A good developer will make sure there are green spaces, parks and walking trails nearby where you and your guests can head out for a picnic, or for a fun round of frisbee.
If you have a green thumb, you can create your own green space on your private balcony with these our list of creative condo gardening ideas.
5. Barbecue Hookups
Having a convenient gas barbeque hookup often isn’t the first thing you'll think of - but when summer rolls around, you'll be glad you have it when you're able to grill up a few burgers with no fear of running out of gas. Most modern condo developments will offer gas bbq hookups as a standard with their units. Should you find yourself without, you can purchase a space-saving table top grill that's perfect for that barbeque experience without taking up your outdoor real-estate.
Nothing compliments a cozy outdoor space like well-placed lighting. Hanging a few lanterns or some string lights on your patio will make add some character and personalization to your space - especially when the sun goes down.
Having a rear private outdoor living space that backs onto a green space is also inviting, as you and your guests can watch the sun go down as you visit.
Incorporate a small fire bowl and you'll really be able to light things up (note: you'll need to check with the condo association and Calgary bylaws.)
Regardless of what type of home you own, it's important to have an outdoor space that will work for you. So whether you already own a low-maintenance condo, or are in search of a new one, consider these must-have features when planning your outdoor space!