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Maximizing Your Outdoor Living Space

We all have a longing for nature and benefit from fresh air. If you are finding when there is nice weather that you are not spending time outdoors, consider it a sign you need some outdoor room remodeling.   A well-designed outdoor space can elevate the experience of, “there’s no place like home.” Here are some considerations to maximize use of your backyard.

Determine use of space.  Do you want outdoor dining, relaxed conversational area or place to read, be sitting around a fire, or an area set up to watch sports? Perhaps an outdoor kitchen? A secluded secret garden? Each area should have a focal point, such as a fire pit, fountain, statue, décor….

Plan for foot traffic flow. If areas are visually defined and easily accessible, they will be inviting and used. Create interest with curved pathways perhaps with a passage under a trellis. You may want a destination place to create more protection from the elements besides a patio like a pergola, gazebo or a pavilion.

Consider a variety of seating.  Perimeter seating can be benches with storage, cushioned couch or oversized modular sectional. Ottomans can double as extra seating. A hanging individual or porch swing will be off the floor, easy to sweep under.  You may want a bench for the dining table that fully tucks under the table when not in use. Define areas with a rug, lighting and/or plantings/planters or decorative walls such as latticework, bamboo, wood slats, stucco wall as a border.

Blur the indoors with the outdoors. Put in design elements in your outdoor living areas like you have for character and details like in your home. Stain the concrete or cover with non-slip porcelain tile or stone pavers for flooring. If you have the option, have a high ceiling with details like tongue and groove wood planks or wood beams, and decorative lighting. You may want to tile a wall as an accent, or have wall art. Have an exterior glass wall door system to combine the outdoors with the inside.

Be weather and time of day ready.  Consider the need for ceiling fan(s), misting system, heating, party lights. You may want outdoor curtains to block the sun or a roll down bamboo shade to cut down on blowing dust and debris if you have a south or north facing patio. When choosing furniture, consider the ease of maintenance—easy to clean and store cushions if desired when out of season.

A well-designed use of your backyard can transform it to be like a resort. It may become your home’s favorite attribute!


Happy Home Remodeling!

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