Football’s preseason has started, and the official kick-off is next month! For years, watching the games with friends and family has been an American tradition. Because football season begins in September, there will be plenty of time to enjoy the games while outside. Tennesseans are lucky enough to experience a beautiful fall that will make it fun to bring the entertainment outside. If you’ve been considering adding to your home to make it more comfortable to have guests over, here are our tops picks for outdoor additions for the home.

Outdoor Kitchen Addition 

There are many benefits to adding an outdoor kitchen to your home, and one is the space for entertainment. Watching the game with friends and family means a lot of time snacking and enjoying delicious food. An outdoor kitchen will provide an opportunity to bring the fun outside where you can bake, grill, and socialize together. Indoor kitchens can become overcrowded. Keeping the cooking outside can also limit the number of smells that fill up the house.

Make the most out of the addition by building your outdoor kitchen with materials such as granite or limestone. They are hard wearing and will stand up to mother nature. They are also excellent heat conductors which means they will stay cool even while the sun is still warm. If you want a sink, you’ll need to consider moving the outdoor kitchen closer to the house to make use of the waterline. Add personality to the new space by including outdoor furniture for you and your guests to enjoy the food and the game.

Screen Room Addition 

Many homeowners are looking for ways to add an outdoor space that seamlessly fits with the main house. An easy way to marry the outside with the inside is with a screen room. Screen rooms are customizable and can improve your home’s market value as well as provide a space for you to entertain your guests. You can make the screen room as elaborate or as simple as you want by adding ventilated porches or running electricity outside. From there you can hook up your TV and surround-sound to get the most out of the game with your friends and family.

This application isn’t just for football season; it’s a permanent addition. So, make use of the project by incorporating unique aspects to enhance the architecture of your house. Many people build with materials such as cedar for a rustic feel and decorate with lights. A streamlined look is achieved by applying wainscoting. It adds dimension and a level of sophistication. It can also easily be painted to match the rest of the exterior.

Decks and Pergolas

One of the easier outdoor additions to the home is building a deck. Decks are timeless and immediately increase the value of your home. They are customizable and add the necessary space for outdoor entertaining. Adequately constructed decks from a trusted contractor will hold plenty of furniture, grills, and guests. Almost every home can accommodate the space for a deck. But, don’t be fooled by the simple design. These outdoor spaces can be as elaborate and as beautiful as you want.

Depending on the materials, you can achieve any level of sophistication. One aspect you’ll want to consider when installing a deck is the materials. Different woods bring different characteristics to both the home and the longevity of the deck. You can add different stains or paint the wood to give a unique feel. They also protect against premature deterioration from sun damage. Incorporating a pergola will provide shade for you and your guests. You can run cables outside to hook up a television to watch football or utilize the space for pre-gaming.

Detached Garage or Carport

It’s hard to find a reason not to invest in a detached garage because there are an infinite amount of uses. You can use the addition for an outdoor gym. Leading a healthy lifestyle can be challenging when you’ve got enough on your plate, but a detached garage will make it much easier. They can also provide a reprieve from a noisy house meaning they would be great for offices or studios. Parents can use it for work and children can use it for homework. Incorporate some electricity, and you’ll have a beautiful space to host your guests on “game night.”

Detached garages are customizable. They can be tailored to suit your needs and compliment the design of your home. The same can be said for carports. They become a designated space for entertaining. While not being used as an area for entertainment, homeowners can store their cars, boats, and motorcycles to protect from the elements. When it’s time to watch some football, you can move in the lawn furniture and set up an outdoor screen to cheer on your team.

For more information about outdoor additions for the home, contact Stratton Exteriors. We’ve been helping Nashville residents improve market value with trusted advice, design, and craftsmanship. Visit our website to learn more.