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Outdoor Living Spaces

The effect of an outdoor living space on the entertainment value of your home

Outdoor Living Spaces are as much a part of your home as the indoor spaces and should be treated as such.  Planning for and carefully designing your outdoor space can double the livable space of your home and allow you to really enjoy everything your home has to offer.  A great outdoor living space can also increase the appeal and value of your home and provide and entertainment factor for when you have visiting friends and family.

What kind of outdoor living space are you looking for?

First, determine which types of outdoor spaces you would like to have and how your plan to use them.  Some options to choose from include:

  • A deck
  • A pool
  • A vegetable or flower garden
  • A patio
  • A porch
  • A large grass area

A covered deck is one of the most common of outdoor living spaces, as it can widely be used for entertaining, anytime during the year.  A pool takes exercising and lounging to new heights, a patio can be used for grilling, and a large grassy area provides ample space for the kids to play outdoors.

How does your home flow from the inside to the outside?

Next, you want to consider how your new outdoor living spaces affects the flow of your home.  How can you easily access those outdoor “rooms” from your indoor rooms and where is the most logical location for each outdoor space? For example, a grilling patio may make the most sense to be located just off of the kitchen, while a deck would flow nicely from the kitchen or an open concept area in your home.  The planning of outdoor living spaces also applies to entrances and care should be taken to make entries and walkways step free, welcoming and easily accessible for all of your guests.

You’re project is complete.  Now what?

Your newly constructed outdoor living space isn’t complete until you add some custom finishes at the end.  Depending on the type of project and style of home you have, you can choose from a number of different styles, materials, and furniture to compliment your new outdoor living space.  Some of these options include:

  • Carpets/Rugs
  • Throw Pillows
  • Outdoor Fireplace
  • Table & Chairs for ample seating
  • Outdoor Lighting

Using smart design to choose exterior finishes can add style and personality to your home.  This may be the most important step in the outdoor living space process because the level of attention to detail can really help make your new project stand out.  Don’t fear the idea of adding stylish accents and traditional indoor furnishings as it adds a welcoming feel to your new outdoor living space.