What does it take to create the ultimate outdoor space? It depends on how you plan to use your backyard. For many homeowners, they like to create multiple spaces to relax and unwind and/or gather around with family and loved ones. Whatever is the end goal, here are a few tips to help you create the ultimate outdoor space.
Layout is key
Once you determine how you want to use the space, you need to spend some time on how you want to layout your space. Whether you have a small deck area, patio, porch, or a large rooftop in the city, try doing a rough sketch of the space.
Just like you would an indoor room, start to section off parts of your backyard, assigning its intended uses along the way. For e.g., if you intend to cook and dine outdoors, ensure you carve out a space for dining furniture whether you have space for bistro style or a full-blown dining table, as well as some place to cook i.e., BBQ grill.
Also, consider incorporating a focal point like a water feature, pergola or vertical garden, something that draws the eyes in when you first enter the space.
Think about design
In conjunction with planning the layout, it’s also time to start thinking about design. Space will be a determining factor in what size furniture you should stick to, however, it shouldn’t dictate your style.
Your outdoor space should feel like an extension of your home’s interior. It doesn’t have to be identical, but you should make sure that the overall style of your home flows harmoniously from inside to outside. For example, let’s say the inside of your home has a traditional look and feel, you might not want to have an ultra-modern look for your deck.
If you’re struggling for décor ideas, perhaps consider introducing a theme. Gain inspiration from home magazines, websites, and social media apps like Pinterest.
Planning and measuring are important steps. However, while it’s great to have a vision and plan for your outdoor area, you also need to make sure your space is functional. Makes no sense having a beautifully decorated lounge area that gets no sun, or a beautiful outdoor dining area with no shelter from a quick downpour. Keep furniture location in mind, as well as what kind of furniture would be suitable.
Choosing durable furniture could be a big investment. Before you fall in love with that bohemian-style section, make sure you have the exact measurements of your space.
Tight for space? There are a few dual-purpose items you could purchase. Firepit tables, side tables that can serve as extra seating, and sectionals that can be rearranged in space, give more bang for the buck.
Select Your Materials
There is a vast variety of building materials available if you want to enhance the hardscape of your outdoor living space. From pavers, tiles or natural stone, there are loads to choose from, all with different benefits.
Brick is a popular choice for homeowners mainly due to its array of colours. Economical pavers are typically made from concrete or clay, widely available, relatively inexpensive, and easy to install.
The environmentally friendly stone can give a luxurious natural look to your patio, while decorative tiles can look beautiful, but can be slippery when wet.
When creating your ideal outdoor living space, remember to keep its main purpose in mind. Whether you want to use it for relaxing or recreation, your outdoor space should be perfectly matched to the way you want to spend your time outside.
Keep these tips in mind and you will be well on your way to creating an ultimate outdoor living space that you and your family will love.