From the Ground Up

Designing the Perfect Outdoor Living Space

You live inside, you live outside. Designing a custom home isn’t all about the inside space, the outside matters too! Here are a few tips to consider when designing your outdoor living space.


Consider Your Goals

It’s important to consider what the goals for the space are before you start making any decisions. Do you just want to enjoy the outdoors? Will you be entertaining guests? Is privacy the goal? Whatever your goals, prep your space in a way that will achieve your vision. If privacy
is the goal, then leave space in the budget for trees to screen the property or a privacy. If having an active space is a goal, plan a bigger budget for a sports court or pool.

Plan for the Future

If you don’t want to start working on the backyard space right away but would rather make improvements further down the road, it’s essential you plan now. Make sure that the space is prepped for the amenities you all add. For example, the power for the pool or gas for the firepit. Items like these are more cost effective to prep for when your home is under construction as opposed to figuring how to run support after construction.

Outdoor Kitchen and Bar

If you’re into grilling and entertaining, an outdoor kitchen is a must. When you have guests over you don’t want to have to keep running back and forth between the backyard and the kitchen, you’ll miss out on all of the fun!

Fire Pit

Adding a fire pit can be another form of entertainment. Whether you’re just enjoying a relaxing night with your friends or roasting marshmallows with the kids, it can be something that you all congregate around to enjoy time together.

Add Great Lighting

Lighting can totally change the atmosphere of a space. It can help set the mood and create a relaxing environment, plus it’s easy to change. You can add string lights, lamps, lanterns, or even an outdoor chandelier.

Covered Patios

You’ll want to enjoy your outdoor living space all year long, so adding a roof will provide shade in the summer months and a shelter from the rain. Plus, you won’t have to worry about your patio furniture getting ruined. Or if you’re considering adding a TV, it will also provide
protection for that as well.

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