One of the most satisfying—and often inexpensive—ways to increase the amount of space in your home is to move some of this space outside. By creating an outdoor living room, you and your loved ones will have a place to gather, relax, and entertain while protected from the elements. Below we’ll discuss four ideas you can use to create an outdoor living space for your home, as well as some factors to consider when designing this space.
Factors to Consider for an Outdoor Living Room
There’s no one-size-fits-all outdoor living room solution, and the right room for your home will depend on a few factors.
Location and Orientation
Where would you like the room in relation to the rest of the house, particularly the kitchen and restroom? Do you prefer it to get morning or evening sun, or to be more shaded?
Size, Shape, and Style
How much space is available? What shape or layout will provide the most aesthetic appearance while maintaining function? Even if your outdoor living area doesn’t perfectly match the rest of your house, it will look better if it’s designed in a complementary style.
Goals and Budget
For many families, your overall budget for this process can dictate your design choices. But it’s also important to outline your goals before you get started. Are you looking for a place to entertain? A private area for teenagers to hang out with their friends away from the main part of your home? The answers may help direct your style.
Outdoor Living Space Ideas
Some of the most popular outdoor living space designs include:
- An attached awning or retractable canopy allows you to shade part of an existing porch or deck.
- A gazebo that’s connected to your home with a stepping-stone path or sidewalk.
- An outdoor kitchen with a cooktop, mini-fridge, and grill.
- A firepit with a seating circle for outdoor gatherings.
- An outdoor dining area with a screened-in canopy to help keep bugs and pests away.
If you’re ready to put any of these—or other—outdoor living room designs into action, Field of Dreams can help. Give us a call today to set up an appointment or visit our website to see some examples of what we can do for you.