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Beach home in South Carolina designed by Carter Kay. Hanging beds on the porch off the master bedroom make a great place for afternoon naps. (Photographer J. Savage Gibson) #CoastalLiving

I consider my porch to be an extension of my home. When putting it together I thought about how I would be spending my time there and outfitted it with those essentials early on. But just like inside our homes, an occasional tweak to your outdoor space can produce dramatic results. Here are five different ways to give yours a subtle but refreshing makeover.

vintage house and pool, I would be set

This would be a great backyard of a row home. I dig this low maintenance backyard. I'd lose what looks like a fireplace in the top left of the photo, enlarge the seating area and add a fire pit in front of the seats.

outdoor reading space- easy to recreate when its not soooo hot outside!