Summer is beckoning you to spend more time outside. From sipping lemonade in the afternoon to firing up the grill in the evening, your outdoor oasis can extend your home’s square footage and serve as a welcoming retreat. Here are four ways to make the outdoors just as cozy and inviting as the indoors.

Fire Pit: A fire pit is an outdoor entertainment center that can heat up an evening and lengthen a season. The best ones coordinate with your home and outdoor building materials, like flagstone, gravel and pavers. The height should be right for both warming and safety. You might even consider a decorative exterior wall for additional built-in seating.

Pavers: Pavers allow you to refine or redefine your outdoor landscape. They can be placed anywhere you want a permanent ground surface – patios, walkways, pool decks – in any configuration, size, hue or texture. We recommend finding inspiration in what’s been done and adding your own twist to create a look that is all your own.

An outdoor oasis at Mabry Manor created with stone pavers, elegant lighting and cozy seating.

An outdoor oasis at Mabry Manor created with stone pavers, elegant lighting and cozy seating.

Built-in Grill: Adding a built-in grill can elevate your backyard oasis and take your culinary skills to the next level.  It provides a more permanent and substantial surface for preparation and cooking, while complementing the other stone or brick materials in your backyard. It also can be customized for the size you need, in either gas or charcoal.

Outdoor Lighting: Lighting makes all the difference outdoors. Lanterns, spotlights and string lights add a festive touch while highlighting the design details you want to call attention to. Outline paths, steps, and walkways for both aesthetic appeal and safety. In preparation for seasons when the days are shorter, it’s also beneficial to light your grilling and dining areas to extend an evening and make the most of your outdoor space.

The Edward Andrews Homes team can customize your outdoor oasis, creating a dream space to relax or entertain. For design inspiration, visit

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