Outdoor spaces are one of life’s simple pleasures. Whether you are grilling, playing or just relaxing, an outdoor space elevates the comforts of your home. Outdoor rooms are also a great way to add usable square footage to your home. From a small patio to a deck or a screened-in porch, there are many ways to incorporate the outdoors into your home. Here are some tips on how to create your outdoor oasis.
Plan It Out
Your first step is to determine the best location for your outdoor space (if you don’t have any existing location ready-made). Here are two ways to help you do so:
You’ll want to make sure there are no plumbing or electrical lines in areas you are planning to dig. Also, be sure to understand your soil type and how that may impact the materials you use. Depending on the scale of your space, you may want to hire a contractor to help you plan and build your space.
Decorate Your Outdoor Room
Outdoor rooms can be just as fun to decorate as inside ones. In addition to furniture options, consider plants, water features and fire sources as part of your design. Choose a favorite piece as your focal point and build around that. Look for pieces that provide multiple functions, such as benches that also offer storage and tables that can serve as plant containers.
Consider placing plants and screens in key locations to provide privacy as desired. And don’t forget to look for fabrics and materials that are designed to handle whatever nature sends our way. Bright colors and festive lighting will make the space fun and inviting.
Don’t Forget the Food
The outdoors is a great place for cooking and dining. Consider creating an outdoor kitchen with a grill, pantry area and cooler or mini fridge. You could also add on a spectacular outdoor dining room with a large table that offers plenty of seating. Together, these items set the scene for a great party space that your guests will be sure to enjoy.
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