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FEATURES

Make Summer Last Into Fall
by Extending Your Outdoor Living Space

B

y the time you pick up this edition
of At Home in Berks, the kids will
be getting ready to go back to
school. Already, acorns have started dropping from the oak trees, and the squirrels
are busy collecting them. Stores have been
stocked with back-to-school specials for
weeks, and high school football fields are
filled with players and coaches braving
the late summer heat to prepare for the
coming season. The days are getting
shorter and, let's face it, we'll soon be
heading into fall.
If you're not yet ready to face the
thought of giving up your outdoor living
space and moving back inside, keep on
reading. There are some ways that you
can extend your time spent outdoors well
into the fall. According to Matt Breyer,
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operating partner and lead project designer at Breyer Construction & Landscape
LLC, adding a fire pit or fireplace to your
outdoor space can significantly stretch
your outside time, while also adding to
the beauty of your landscape.
Fire pits and fireplaces, which create
a stylish and attractive focal point to
your outdoor space, can be permanent
or portable additions to your space. That
means there are a range of options to accommodate whatever your budget might
be. A factor to consider, Breyer said, is
labor costs.
"Labor costs of custom installs are
subject to each project, so the cost per
install could impact the total price greatly,"
he explained.

Another way to extend the length of
time that you can use your outdoor space
is to add a roof structure over a deck or
patio, or have a finished ceiling system
integrated under a deck, Breyer said.
"Adding a roof or ceiling is a great way
to gain more usability out of your backyard environment," he said. "It allows you
to use the space later into the evening, in
more inclement weather and for more of
the year, as well."
Covering an outdoor living area also
will increase the value of your property,
another benefit to consider.



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