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One of the most exciting trends noted by custom luxury home builders in Northern Virginia is that families want to spend more time at home and spend more of that time outdoors. Unfortunately, the desire to spend more time in the outside spaces around your home often comes long after the home is designed and built. If outdoor spaces are an afterthought, they are less likely to flow seamlessly with your overall home plan, aren’t easily accessed, and won’t be used as often.


Master Planning: A Seamless and Cost Effective Design Drawings for outdoor design


Inside/outside drawings and final project for this Vacation Style Home
by AV Architects, helps you visualize your dream home.

The benefit to thoughtfully planning and prioritizing your outdoor spaces is a larger livable area – a.k.a. your home seems MUCH bigger – and a more enjoyable space for

relaxing and entertaining. Optimally, your outdoors are planned for during the design phase of a home. Even though you may not build it all at once, you should master for those areas in conjunction with the indoor spaces.


You Can Have More Than One Outdoor Space, But Prioritize

Tropical Patio by Key West Landscape Architects & Landscape Des. Craig Reynolds Landscape Architecture

Next prioritize the outdoor areas you will use most. “Outside” isn’t just one space. It can be many spaces used for different purposes. For example, if you love to grill, prioritize that outdoor space and make it the outdoor hub. Other outdoor spaces could include a pool with an outdoor shower or entertaining space. These outdoor areas work well when they are located right off the kitchen. And don’t forget the master suite! If your master suite is on the main level you can extend it out into a garden retreat off the master bedroom or bathroom.

A few more things to consider


The upper level and the lower level in this AV Architects + Builders Mediterranean
style home offer two different outdoor areas that are fully functional, one with shade and one exposed.
When master planning and designing your outdoor spaces consider functionality and aesthetics. You want to add that feel of Vacation Style Living and the integration with your outdoors is essential. The key is to allow the family to enjoy the outdoor spaces without too much effort. Work with an architect to create the overall structure of your outdoor areas and then enlist the help of a landscape professional to help in choosing the plants and finishes for the spaces.

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