Featured Photo: Addison Pond; Courtesy of Toll Brothers

Written By: Kendra Stowe

As the temperatures drop and the leaves change, we’re all about creating cozy spaces in our homes. Indoor and outdoor fireplaces and entertaining areas have become a staple in new single-family homes, especially as colder weather moves in. With social distancing still in effect as the pandemic drags into the fall season, now is the perfect time to ensure that both your indoor and outdoor spaces are ready for entertaining. With the novel coronavirus proving to show no signs of slowing down, these spaces matter now more than ever to serve as a lifeline for a sense of normalcy.

Banks Pointe

Banks Pointe; Photo Courtesy of HHHunt Homes

So how can you prepare for the upcoming season? For starters, evaluate your outdoor space. Plenty of new homes such as Banks Pointe in Raleigh by HHHunt Homes offer optional screened-in porches for outdoor gatherings. Layer up and invite guests over for safe, BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket) nights this fall. Add in an outdoor television to watch the NC State Wolfpack play for an entertaining night in. Screened-in porches have transitioned into the perfect spaces for afternoon naps, school Zoom classes, work meetings, and even family dinners outside.

Even if you don’t have a porch, there are plenty of ways to turn your backyard into a welcoming space this fall. While this past summer was all about vibrant and citrusy colors, it’s time to swap out sun-faded pillows with earthy reds, yellows, and browns. Throw in some textures as well to add in some layers for the changing seasons.

Homes at Addison Pond provide a private enclave of estate single-family homes in Holly Springs with backyards that allow you to create the outdoor living space of your dreams. Built by Toll Brothers, these homes have both the floorplans and community amenities, like a 7,000+ yard golf course, to satisfy your need to be outside.

Fire pits — both gas and wood-burning — are ideal for entertaining and can easily be added to your outdoor space. Since 2019, fire-pit sales are up more than 20 percent, and there’s no sign of that slowing down. Whether round, square, or rectangular, you can usually seat more people comfortably around these types than a built-in outdoor fireplace. Regardless, both are great options for both warmth and light.

While outdoor spaces are often neglected, there’s so much potential to be able to invest dollars where you can see a major return on your investment – especially with the current state of the nation. With plenty of new home communities that have incredible backyards and front porches, make sure you assess how you can take yours to the next level this season. Browse new home listings here!