(NC) – Given that our personal real estate is our most valuable asset, it makes sense to maximize every square foot of your property. It’s not surprising then to find that people are moving outdoors to create more space at home to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. Today the options for furnishing an outdoor living space are limitless.
An outdoor room is easy to create. The components of such a space usually include a barbecue, seating and dining area, and may incorporate a fireplace, firepit, or chimney. Some outdoor rooms take it further with an outdoor kitchen complete with a refrigerator and dishwasher even. But don’t stop there. You can also add a pizza oven, cocktail bar, fountain, trellis, patio heater, hot tub, or swimming pool.
Simple or elaborate, an outdoor room is an extension of your home. Keep that in mind when you design your outdoor space. Make it fit your personality and needs. Start by creating a wsih list. Flip through magazines and clip pictures that create the look you seek. And remember, an outdoor room can evolve over years if you end up with a large wish list but hav ea limited budget. The first year, define the grilling, dining, and lounging areas. Later you can accessorize.
Draw up a plan with a focal point. An outdoor room has many of the same elements as those inside your house. For a foundation, will you have a deck or patio stones? For walls, will there be a fence, retaining wall or hedge?Landscaping becomes the decor for your outdoor space. It can be used to create texture and mood, and to bring cohesion to your room. Next, you’ll want to furnish your space – a wide variety of options exist here – enough to suit any outdoor living vision. Finally, don’t overlook the lighting. It can be the finishing touch that brings your outdoor space together, adding drama and romance.
Above all, have fun designing and developing your outdoor room. The goal is to create a space that meets all your needs for comfort and relaxation.
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