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Jun 2, 2022

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Updating your outdoor space, whether to entertain or to simply enjoy the area yourself, doesn't have to be a major or expensive project.

No matter what size backyard, patio or balcony you have, here are five simple things you can do to make it cozy.

Create a relaxation corner

Make an intimate space where you can unwind after a long day.

Add a couch or patio chairs that are waterproof and can handle the wind and rain.

Include fun throw pillows, blankets and an area rug for a warm touch. Just remember to bring them inside or store them when not in use.

Add lighting

New light fixtures are an easy way to improve the ambience of any backyard or deck. Keep them symmetrical so the area is evenly lit and looks visually stunning.

Update the deck

When shopping for paint or deck stain, the inexpensive option isn’t always best. While it’s important to mind your budget, old cans in the bargain bin will have a different texture and may be harder to apply.

Paint tends to last longer, especially oil-based products. But while it provides a uniform look, it can trap moisture and hide the unique lines in the lumber.

Stain protects wood from natural elements while maintaining its natural beauty, but it will need to be applied more often.

Weigh the pros and cons of each before dipping your brush. Find either at a nearby Dulux Paints.

CAA Member offer: Members save 25 percent and earn three percent in CAA Dollars on regularly priced paint when shopping in-store at Dulux Paints.

Balcony upgrades

If you live in an apartment or condo, you’ll want to make the most of your small outdoor area.

Use an old wooden ladder and some plywood to create a vertical planter display.

Paint clay pots a vibrant hue to add a pop of colour or some artificial grass for cushioning on concrete floors.

Maximize storage

There are several slick solutions to store garden equipment and kids toys that won’t be an eye-sore.

Look for weather-resistant choices that will look good for years.

Choose one that matches your style and colour scheme. For example, composite cabinets are great for a grilling area, deck boxes look nice by the pool and barn-style barrels may fit well in a grassy backyard.

Use your CAA Membership to save on transforming your space outside into a leisurely retreat with some help from CAA Rewards® partners.

Earn more

Get all the essentials to freshen up your outdoor space from CAA Rewards partners. Earn CAA Dollars and enjoy exclusive savings and discounts, just for being a Member. For a complete list of partners, visit caasco.ca/rewardpartners. If you’re undergoing a major renovation, have your home insurance policy reviewed by a licensed CAA Insurance Agent by calling 1-877-584-7979 or visit caasco.com/insurance/home.

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