Make an outdoor living space into your own private sanctuary
If you are interested in increasing your living space, a thinking out-of-the-box will help. Or rather – ‘out-of-the-walls’ thinking.. Adding space does not always mean making the inside of your home bigger. A successful outdoor living design can allow you to make use of valuable outdoor space and extend your overall living area. Whether you have a small or large outdoor space, there are always ways to create an inviting, engaging ambiance that connects indoor living with outdoor living spaces – even in colder climates.
What makes a successful outdoor living design? The use of fire, water, and earth components are essential to create an outdoor living space that is a personal sanctuary. We often call this “hardscape” but this is a great way to look at it…
- Fire – elements of fire may include a grill, fire place, fire pit, or burning heater
- Water – elements of water may include gurgling fountains, a bubbling stream, a lily pond, or something as simple as installed rain chains
- Earth – elements of earth may include stone paving, rock walls, built-in planters to ground the design, colorful stepping stones, stone art, a rock garden, and more
Let’s go over the steps involved in creating unique outdoor living designs.
1. Measure and Divide Your Space
We take it for granted that our homes are divided into rooms, so why not measure and divide your outdoor space into ‘rooms’ as well? While it seems odd at first, creating a successful outdoor living design initially involves designing the outdoor rooms. For example, you may have an outdoor kitchen and eating area, which is one room. You may also have a designated area for the kids to play – the play room. Some components of the rooms will be more permanent than others, like stone paving for the outdoor kitchen, so it’s important to get the layout right at the start.
2. Consider the View
If your outdoor space has a view, it’s important to incorporate that into the design so you don’t block it but maximize its impact instead. Mountains, a lake, a green canopy, a park, etc. are refreshing natural landscapes that you want to make the most of from your yard. If your outdoor space doesn’t have a view – and that may be one of the problems – this can be easily fixed by making the outdoor design the focal point so it becomes the view.
3. Try to Include a Covered Area
When you are entertaining, weather can be an important consideration. In some seasons, it can be uncomfortable to be outdoors. So if you are to take full advantage of the outdoor space, a covered area can make all the difference. Think pergolas, canopies or arbors – all things that 78 Backyard Concepts can help you create.
One of the primary reasons people opt for outdoor living designs is to have the ability to get some time outside without being uncomfortable. Hire a team with experience designing all types of outdoor living spaces – large, medium, and small. Consult your outdoor living design experts at 78 Backyard Concepts in Dallas/Fort Worth neighborhoods such as Highland Park, University Park, Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Coppell, Southlake and Colleyville.