Bring the indoors outside by transforming your backyard into an additional living space. It’s the easiest way to make your home feel bigger without an add-on.

Here are three ways to add livable square footage to your outdoor spaces:

1. Think “cozy.” Outdoor furniture today goes well beyond the limited wrought iron and rigid plastic of the past. Look into comfortable outdoor seating options like cushy sofas and plush chaise lounges made of all-weather materials.

2. Electrify the atmosphere. Choose outdoor lighting options that add a soft, warm glow, like strings of café lights. Music also can create ambiance, so consider outdoor entertainment systems or portable speakers.

3. Fire it up. In addition to grills, a longtime backyard stalwart, add some warmth to your outdoor living spaces with a fire pit. Pre-assembled, propane-powered pits are available, or try DIY-ing your own and fueling it with firewood.

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