Request Information

Please check the above checkbox
featured image

Porch and Patio Makeover Tips

It doesn’t take much to make your porch or patio ready for sunny days and warm nights.


First, take off all your furniture and any decorations. Put them aside and sweep, sweep, sweep. Next comes the deep clean. The best part about cleaning an outdoor space is you can get a little messy. Break out the hose to get off the larger, looser dirt and grime. And if it’s really caked on, go with a pressure washer. Finally, do a once over with warm, soapy water.
BONUS TIP: Don’t forget the details! Window screens, window sills, and door frames, for instance, can all get dirty, especially after Wisconsin winters. 


Furniture is often the focal point of any porch or patio, so an upgrade will make the whole space feel new. And if you don’t feel like spending an arm and a leg revamping an area you only use seasonally, don’t worry. These days, stylish and affordable all-weather pieces are easier than ever to find.
BONUS TIP: And if you’re looking to spend closer to zero, head to rummage sales and research DIY options. You’re bound to find something you love.


The most bang for your decorative buck comes in colorful gallons of paint. A fresh coat of paint can give old porches a second life. Even new porches will look completely different with a simple palette change. Bright colors are in, but if you aren’t feeling so bold, neutral tones aren’t going out of style any time soon.
BONUS TIP: You can always go wild with patterned pillows and vibrant accents.


Whether you’re using rustic lamps, filament bulbs, or stringing lights all over the place, you’re creating an ambience and a mood. Make sure your lighting choices reflect the style you’re going for. Small and cozy calls for dim and warm. Larger and modern might need whiter, brighter lights. Inconsistency in lighting and style will create unbalance that will make even the most beautiful porches and patios just seem off.
BONUS TIP: Eco friendly LED bulbs are more affordable than ever and save money and energy in the long run.
If a new home with a wonderful outdoor space is what you’ve always wanted, check out our floor plans to find easy access to patios and porches. And if you’ve already found the backyard of your dreams, and need the dream house to match, find out how you can build on your lot.
  • When we rightsized from our home of 43 years to a Bielinski Condo in Bay Pointe, our New Home Consultant answered all of our questions and communicated with us the entire way. We’re fully enjoying our beautiful new home and the condo community.
    John and Jean Jones
  • I’ve been so impressed and completely satisfied with the entire Bielinski building experience. From the initial sale and throughout the construction process I have appreciated Bielinski’s professionalism, craftsmanship, and follow-through.
    Heidi Hamilton
  • We are extremely happy with our new Bielinski Condo. It’s well-built and full of all the features we wanted in our home.
    Deborah and Brian Blackney
  • We chose Bielinski because they are a family-owned business and have been building in the Pewaukee area for a long time. The Clemont floor plan is just perfect for all of our family events and Packer parties.
    Bob and Darla Landgren
  • We couldn’t be happier with our new home! The entire process was fantastic. Everyone was so responsive and quick to help. Bielinski’s knowledge of the industry was invaluable. We recommend Bielinski to anyone looking for their next home.
    Mike and Kristin Smith
  • We had a really good experience with Bielinski from start to finish. Everyone was responsive and reliable. Now we are enjoying life in our new home.
    Peter Holzwart and Therese Gaynor-Holzwart
  • Once I got settled in, I knew I was exactly where I belong. Without Bielinski’s knowledge and communication, I would still be questioning whether I should build at all. Thanks to the entire team that made this all possible.
    Barb King