If you already have a patio, now is the time to think about upgrading it for better usability. Is it a place where you like to go, or do you glance outside then look for a more comfortable space to roost? If you typically choose to go elsewhere, this is a strong clue that your patio needs attention. Improving your outdoor living spaces as part of your next San Diego home remodeling project will not only raise your home's value, it will also give you some comfortable alternatives when you're looking for a place to relax at home. Some ways to improve your patio include upgrades in electricity, lighting, flooring and shelter, as well as creating functional activity spaces.Electricity One thing that can make your patio more functional is to upgrade or install electrical wiring and outlets. If you have an older home, the load capacity may be insufficient. If you can't plug in your favorite appliances to improve your outdoor experience, consider rewiring your electricity to handle a kitchen, tools, tabletop heaters, light fixtures and entertainment devices. Decide whether you want the outdoor electricity to run independently or if you want to turn lights on and off from indoor control panels. You will also need to choose whether you want 120-volt, 220-volt or 240-volt outlets to handle different appliances.Lighting Add lighting to your patio to enhance security and visibility at night. Some options include perimeter lighting, floodlights and spot lighting. Specific areas may need more attention than others to complete the look and functionality you want from your patio.Flooring There is a wide range of outdoor flooring choices, from brick and concrete to wood or stone tiles. Some of the most popular stone options for 2014 are marble, slate and sandstone. Concrete choices include patterned prints and a wide range of colors. Choose a surface that's easy to clean, won't hurt bare feet and can match the mood you want to convey on your patio. Durability and drainage are important features too.Shelter Enjoying the weather is an important element of upgrading your patio with your home remodel, but you may want to build in some sheltering features as well. Protection from sun, wind and rain make your patio more versatile and even more beautiful. Consider awnings, latticework, covered walls and pergolas, to name a few.Activities When you look outside your window, what do you wish you could be doing on your patio that you're not able to do now? Wireless electronic entertainment, table tennis, lounge chairs, a hot tub, dining tables and seating, an outdoor kitchen and a bar area are just a handful of ways to improve usability.Our Lars Remodeling and Design team can help you fall in love with your patio again. We can create a San Diego outdoor living design that fits your needs and your budget. Contact us today for a quote.