Dream Home Part II // Outdoor Space

Dream Home // Amazing Patio for Entertaining

There just something about the phrase dream home that gets my creative juices flowing. To get the full gist of my dream home series with Capital One be sure to read my first post about my dream master bathroom!

I mentioned in that post that there were three spaces that I really want out of my dream home — an amazing master bathroom was the first, and for this post I want to focus on outdoor space!

I love being outside. I mentioned in my first post that I want a pool, which I definitely do, but I know that is something I will have to compromise on while we live in DC. The only way I’ll have a pool is if we live in a building or community that has one or if I suddenly make millions and millions of dollars!

If I’m going to be realistic for one second, my own pool in DC is out of the question, but personal outdoor space isn’t. The most common of which in DC would be either a patio or a roof deck. And the great thing about a roof deck — the view! I’d love nothing more than to buy a townhome that either already has a roof deck on it, or I’d definitely want to add one.

Adding a roof deck or making your outdoor space magical might seem like something that would be unattainable or crazy expensive but I’m here to tell you that it could be a reality with a Capital One home equity loan. See, I think you should really love where you live if you spend a lot of time there. And if there is something specific that gives you a lot of joy in life, well then you owe it to yourself to at least look into the cost of making it a reality, because it might actually be possible! Whether it’s a large project or small upgrade, Capital One’s tools can help you choose the right option for your specific situation.

Dream Home Outdoor Space

So let’s move on to dreaming of that outdoor space shall we!

I have this inner battle going on constantly in aesthetic mind — I love things to be organized and tidy, but I also love an organic bohemian jungle feeling at the same time.

My outdoor space list isn’t all deal-breakers because the type of home I could buy in DC differs greatly to what I could buy in a smaller city in the Midwest or on a beach, so I’m just going to dream about outdoor spaces in general. When we buy another home, I just want some type of outdoor space, but I’m dreaming here, so dream along with me!

+ The one thing I definitely want is a space to lounge. I love an afternoon in the sun (or shade) reading a book, sipping a beverage, breathing in the fresh air.

+ Even though I’m no chef or hostess with the mostess, I do love to have friends over for long dinners or an afternoon BBQ. So a space to gather and eat is something I’d love to have in my outdoor space.

Amazing View

+ If a view is a possibility, I’d love to have one. This is something I never take for granted. Even with the view we have of the DC rooftops in our current place, I love looking out.

+ I’d love to have a small yard for Hemingway and my niece and nephews to run around in.


+ And if I could have a pool, well there’s endless options of what that could look like. Here’s a few for eye candy.

So again, if you are in a home, townhouse, or condo that you purchased, and there’s something missing that you know you would enjoy immensely, you should definitely look into the cost of making it a reality with Capital One’s Home Equity loans.

Just by visiting CapitalOne.com/home-equity, you can get your customized rate offer and estimated loan amount – with no impact to your credit score, and begin the application process.


This post was sponsored by Capital One. All opinions are my own.

All photos courtesy of and shown with permission by Rue. Photos in order: First photo — photo by Angelica Marie featured here; 2nd Row — photo by Tim Krueger featured here; photo by Heather Wilson Architects featured here; 3rd Row — photo by Aubrie Pick featured here; 4th Row — photo by Lucy Cuneo featured here; photo by Heather Wilson Architects featured here.

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