If you live for the summer months, don't spend this special time trapped inside four walls, make a break for the outdoors. Carve out a living space in your backyard. You'll save on your air conditioning bills, and all that outdoor grilling will keep the cooking smells out of your carpeting and upholstery. No one expects perfection in alfresco dining either, so you can forget about the napkin rings and embroidered tablecloths -- thank heavens. What could be better than fresh air, comfortable surroundings, family, friends and the glories of nature (well, at least a few potted plants and some curious robins)?
Before you relocate your favorite chair to the deck, patio or porch, let's take a look at a few ways you can make outdoor living more convenient and fun. If you want this venture to last until Labor Day, good planning is important.