Lanai spaces have so much potential. They offer spaces to extend your living square footage to the outdoors and when decorated and set up right can really add value to your home living experience.
When we bought our house we had an oversized lanai but no pool, over the years it has gone through many transformations. We've alway enjoyed access to our screened in area, it really does provide the opportunity for year round outside enjoyment that is bug free! That is especially beneficial when you’re allergic to everything outside like I am. Last year we finally bit the bullet and completed our pool construction and extended our lanai out several more feet to allow for better family living space inside our lanai and around our pool.
Here is a photo of our lanai when we purchased our home. The space it offered was amazing but we had such a hard time figuring out WHAT to do with all space. Now the biggest areas are filled with a pool :) and we've created seating areas and play areas for our grand babies that offer adult relaxation and FUN for all ages.