Designing an Outdoor Living Space
Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated November 25, 2020)
Have you ever noticed how it seems like you cannot turn on any television channel without seeing some show about some kind of outdoor living space? It seems like it is becoming more and more common for every home to have some kind of a living space outdoors. The only real limitation that you can have for an outdoor living space is your own imagination. Some of the examples of the types of living spaces that you can have outdoor are things like bars, kitchens, pool halls, play rooms, and so on. Here are a few simple guidelines that you can use to help you when designing an outdoor living space.
- What do you need? The very first thing that you need to consider is what exactly you need. What do you enjoy doing outside the most? Take time to write down all of the activities that you enjoy, and then see if you can identify a common element between all of the activities and you will know what your main need is.
- What's your budget? Just like any home improvement project, making an outdoor living space is going to cost you some money. You need to make sure that you know exactly how much money you can afford to spend on the project. While it is always a good idea to have all the money available on hand to be able to pay for it, if you don't want to wait, see how much it will cost, and set up a "payment" plan that you can use to save the money up. Try to avoid taking any additional loans out if you can avoid it at all.
- How often will it be used? While it may be nice to have an outdoor kitchen and living room, if you are not going to be using it very often then it will be mostly going to waste. These types of improvements can improve the value of your home, but that won't really do you any good until you are ready to sell your home. Unless you are going to be using the outdoor living space quite frequently, it will be a wasted area (and money) that will do you no good whatsoever.
- Did you plan it out? Take time to actually sketch out your plans as much as possible. Don't rush into anything before you are completely sure that you like what your final design is. This will give you an idea to show to any professional contractor, or designer that may be doing the work for you. If you will be doing the work yourself, then you will have a good idea of what your final project should look like, instead of just winging it.
- Match your current theme. As you are designing your outdoor living space, be sure that you have it match the overall theme of your home. This living space should match and enhance the home as much as possible, not detract from it.
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