Creating an outdoor living space can be a very subjective and personal project. Whether you’re an avid entertainer or a zen-loving eco-warrior, planning your outdoor living space is completely dependent on what you’re wanting to achieve with the design and layout.
Things to Consider When Planning Your Perfect Outdoor Living Space
When you decide to take the plunge and overhaul your outdoor living area, something to consider is your location. By that, we mean your region, and also your current property.
If you live in the desert, it would be smart to think of installing a fan or cooling device. Whereas, if you get a lot of rain or snow, you need to use materials that allow for drainage into the ground.
You also need to consider where you want certain items or features within your space. Finding the perfect central spot to design your outdoor living area around is essential.
Climate also plays a big part in the style, materials, and the way in which your outdoor space is designed. For instance, the type and color of the stone can create warmer spaces for areas that are generally cooler.
Another important factor to note is that in recent years there has been a movement towards using natural materials in landscaping. Instead of laying concrete, people opt for natural stone or wood. Not only is it more environmentally friendly to choose natural or recycled materials, but it’s also aesthetically pleasing.
Safety Is A Top Priority
One very important question to ask if you have a family is: ‘is this kid-friendly’? If you’re planning on putting in a pool, pond, or any body of water, make sure you’re following safety protocols regarding safety for children.
For walkways, it’s best to use non-slip, permeable materials so that there won’t be any accidents when it rains.
Comfort Is Key
Who doesn’t love relaxing in the sunshine, right? The sun is great, but not at high noon. So, something to consider is whether your outdoor space is in direct sunlight and whether you’ll need to install shading.
Furnishing your outdoor space is entirely dependent on what you’re wanting to use the space for. Will it be an extension of your indoor living space? For instance, do you plan on entertaining friends and family with BBQs on Sundays or are you planning on creating an outdoor lounging space?
The Ambiance Of Things
Probably one of the most important factors to consider when planning your outdoor living area is the ‘look and feel’.
How do you want your patio and back garden to make you feel? Do you want it to be relaxing, or are you planning on having large gatherings and parties? What sort of lighting is conducive to this feeling?
These are the types of questions to ask yourself when planning the final aesthetics of your outdoor area in order to achieve that particular ambiance. Buddha Builders has the creative experience to help you decide.
4 Top Tips For Creating Your Dream Outdoor Living Space
#1 Dream A Little
It all starts with a dream. Then a plan. Then getting the wheels in motion. Think about how you want to design your outdoor living area and, if necessary, hire a designer to help you visualize that plan.
It’s worth hiring a professional, especially if you’re planning on making major structural changes to your property.
#2 Start At The Bottom
Take time to assess whether your current flooring is going to work for your plan. For example, if you’re planning on creating an outdoor dining area and your current backyard is entirely covered in grass, it might be worthwhile removing some of the grass, replacing it with permeable pavers or wooden decking.
#3 Think About Pergolas and Deck Covers
Pergolas, deck covers, or even overhead beams make for great outdoor ceilings without detracting from the feeling of being outside. Think about what might suit your plan and budget, taking into consideration the weather in your region.
If it rains a lot in your area, it might be worthwhile adding a more permanent and solid roofing structure over your patio area.
Here comes the fun part, the decor! Selecting the right furniture for your outdoor space is incredibly important. There are so many options! From woven chairs to comfy sofas, it’s entirely up to you. Everything from lighting to decking. Finding the right protective coverings is also essential – you want that gorgeous sofa to last!
Some Final Thoughts
Your outdoor living space should reflect your lifestyle. If you’re an avid BBQ-er, you should invest in a great grill. If you love cooking for family and friends, including a luxury outdoor kitchen is a must.
Finally, it’s a plan, not a magic wand. So take it in stages and prioritize logical steps in the plan – especially if there’s going to be a lot of construction taking place. Enjoy watching the transformation happen, and, most importantly, when it’s done, enjoy your new outdoor living space!