Patio season is upon us in the Triangle, which means that it’s time to spruce up your porch or patio in order to be able to take in the scenery of the sunset as the days get longer with the warm weather making its presence known.

Needing some cheery inspiration to take your patio to the next level? Here are several ways to spice up your outdoor space in order to make it a place that you’ll never want to move from.

Add a Fire Pit

It’s well known that the months of March and April bring temperatures that significantly cool down at night. Instead of sitting in the cold or having to go inside once the sun goes down, invest in a firepit. A stone-encased fire pit is easy to install, and provides the perfect amount of warmth for late nights spent with friends.


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At Pennington at Jordan Lake, 53 floor plans are waiting to be discovered. With so many options and sizes, you’ll be sure to find a porch that provides enough space for a fire pit. In The Arlington II A floor plan, an 11.5’ x 9.5’ patio provides the perfect space to add décor.

Mix Patterns

Small porches and patios can sometimes feel cramped. If you want to make your patio feel airier, consider a fresh coat of paint. This spring, shades of green are proving to be popular choices such as Pantone’s Greenery. Mix a fresh coat of paint with a patterned rug for a fresh look.

Pennington at Jordan Lake has several floor plans that offer several closed-in or covered options to be able to complete the look.

Add Width

It’s no secret that you should avoid horizontal stripes if you want to look more svelte. The same is true for a patio, except with the opposite effect. In order to create an appearance of more width, add stripes on the floor of your patio. Black and white paint is a foolproof, classic option that won’t go out of style.

Consider a Porch Swing

There’s nothing more relaxing than the thought of cozying up in an antique porch swing on a spring night. A porch swing can turn any generic patio into an outdoor sitting room in an instant.


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Create a Multi-Functional Patio

With a yearly average temperature of 60 degrees, let your porch or patio be a place for a variety of things. Pennington at Jordan Lake has several models with porches that span the length of the entire home, creating the perfect space for personalization. Set up your potting station outside, create a breakfast nook with some chairs and pillows, and add a mudroom all in one.


Add Plants

One of the spring’s most signature traits is flowers and gardens. Add some color to your patio by purchasing several potted plants for decoration. One of our favorites is hydrangeas in a galvanized tub for a soft touch that goes a long way.

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If you’re looking for a gorgeous new home in the Pittsboro area with plenty of patio options to choose from, consider Pennington at Jordan Lake. With homes on one-acre wooded lots, the possibilities are endless when it comes to designing and decorating your yard and porch. Less than a mile from Jordan Lake, the views of nature in combination with a brand new subdivision will be hard to resist.

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