THE GREAT OUTDOORS
If you’ve a landed property, don’t just use your front garden or backyard for clothes lines. Own the space, live in it.
A porch or patio, especially if it’s out in front, is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and impress guests. And we’re not talking about a cheap table and two chairs you only use when putting on your shoes.
If your patio is facing the road or the brunt of the afternoon sun, enclose the space with a trellis and blinds, or plants. You’re not going to want to relax on the porch in full view of passers-by.
Like with flooring indoors, the right tiles or a wooden deck will make it a welcoming space – the latter is inexpensive and a particularly popular option and perfect for nature lovers, which go with wooden or rattan furniture.
Undervalued and under appreciated by many, a garden, no matter how small a patch, is a soothing enhancer for any house. Parking may be scarce, but paving over the garden for the second car actually robs your home of resale value.
As any American will tell you, a garage is more than just a car porch. Move the car out, and you’ve a den (or a man cave) to retreat to. Garages double up as workshops in most US homes, with tool racks built into the walls above work benches.
Last, but not least, is the ultimate declaration of the good life: A swimming pool. Above-ground pools (think hot-tubs) aren’t hugely popular in Singapore, but they’re an affordable alternative to getting traditional pool. If you’ve got the space and budget for it, we’ve got you covered on that as well.