When you are visiting the homes on the Tour, don’t forget to check out the outdoor spaces.
Creating outdoor rooms remains a popular design trend with home owners across Louisville. It’s a simple, budget-friendly way to increase your new home’s square footage and to enjoy the great outdoors throughout the year. Whether you have a large patio or a small porch, your new outdoor room can easily reflect your style and become a treasured gathering spot in your home.
Yet, many home owners quickly become frustrated when the beautiful furniture and fabrics they select do not survive the outdoor elements. Fortunately, manufacturers are now creating more durable outdoor furnishings to help your decorating dollars go even further.
Outdoor fabric companies offer expanded lines of sun and weather-resistant products that are made to withstand harsh weather. These resilient fabrics are low-maintenance and can easily be cleaned by hand. Despite the increased durability of these fabrics, they remain soft and comfortable for everyday use.
Also retailers are responding to the popularity of outdoor rooms by increasing their inventory of indoor/outdoor rugs, weatherproof cushions and fabrics, and all weather furniture.
After you’ve furnished and decorated your outdoor space, be sure to follow a few simple tips to ensure that you can enjoy it for years to come:
• Protect outdoor furniture with weatherproof covers when not in use.
• Store cushions in weatherproof containers during winter.
• Spot clean spoils or spills on outdoor fabric right away to prevent the growth of mildew. Use a mild, bleach-free soap-and-water solution and rub gently with a cloth or sponge.
• Always air dry outdoor fabrics, which generally are made of synthetic materials. Never dry clean or tumble-dry these fabrics – or the finish will begin to erode.
The Tour of New Homes is presented by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks & Weisberg Realtors, Louisville Realty Group and RE/MAX. For more information, including a list of Tour homes, visit LouisvilleTourofNewHomes.com or Facebook.com/TourofNewHomes.