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Why Add An Outdoor Living Space To Your Home?

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We all love being outdoors during the warmer months, whether it’s swimming, picnicking, or barbecuing. It’s great getting out and doing all these activities, but creating the space within the confines of one’s property has so many benefits beyond just the convenience of having all that available in your home.

Plus, outdoor living spaces can be customized to accommodate enjoying this beautiful extension of your home all year around, even in the great Pacific Northwest. Adding fireplaces, pergola covers and outdoor kitchens make any outdoor living space comfy and convenient anytime of the year.

So, let’s take a look at why you should add an outdoor living space to your home.

The Benefits Of Having An Outdoor Living Space

Increased Home Value

By extending one’s home to include an outdoor living area, the value of the property naturally increases. So if you’re thinking of selling up at some point in the future, and then either upgrading or downsizing, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.

Make sure to construct the outdoor living space to flow with the style and design of your home. For instance, a super rustic outdoor space won’t necessarily flow with an ultra-modern home. The experts at Buddha Builders can help you design the perfect outdoor space for any home style and design.

Entertainment

We all love to barbecue in the summer months. Hosting gatherings is always great when you have a properly-designed and well-laid-out area for entertaining. Having sufficient seating when you have family and friends over is very important and by creating a well-designed outdoor living area, you’ll be able to easily accommodate guests.

The amount of space you have in your backyard needs to be taken into consideration before embarking on a project. For example, if you have a small backyard, you won’t be able to design a large patio and pool. But, you could design a smaller patio to host slightly fewer people and perhaps still have room for a small garden.

Two words: outdoor cooking. If you have space and the budget, installing an outdoor kitchen can be a great extension to a simple grill. It will make preparation super convenient and really great when entertaining. You’ll never have to step away from your guests to prepare food!

Ambiance

There’s nothing like the ambiance a fire pit or fireplace creates. As the summer months fade into fall, entertaining around the warmth of a fire beats an evening indoors. Add the beauty of the outdoors to that and you have a winner!

It’s so easy to create ambiance outside, using the natural elements in your design. Lighting, for example, is a key factor in creating ambiance. Adding some solar ground lights along pathways or along the border of the garden creates a beautiful ambiance. Additionally, string lights hung across a patio provide soft lighting as well as create a warm ambiance.

Small finishing touches create ambiance, not the build necessarily. These include lighting, decorations, furniture, and outdoor heating. For instance, a fire pit provides more of an ambiance than an electric heater would.

Personal Use

One thing we sometimes forget when we’re taking on home projects is just how much creativity one can express through these projects. An outdoor living space is a great example of this.

When you’re in the process of designing your outdoor living area, think of what you’ll be using it for. It can be the perfect place for you to relax and read a book in, or perhaps a nice spot to eat your breakfast and mentally prepare yourself for the day ahead. Whatever the reason, you can get a lot of joy out of having your own outdoor living space.

Aesthetic Beauty

Think about how drab and boring a backyard can be with zero landscaping and no space to sit and relax. Now, think about how much better the space can be utilized if it were properly designed and landscaped. With proper planning and not too big of a budget, your backyard can go from drab to fab!

A patio can flow onto a luscious garden. Or, you could have a cozy courtyard with some comfy but stylish outdoor furniture. The possibilities are as endless as your creativity allows.

Additional Living Space

Who doesn’t love more space in their home? Sometimes you just need a space to relax, or a nice place to entertain family and friends. Designing an outdoor living space provides an extra living area, which is especially great for the warmer months.

There are so many things you can do – you could have a dinner table, outdoor sofas, or even a fire pit to gather around. If you really have the space, you could even have all of that and more!

The Bottom Line

Since the dawn of time, people have enjoyed being outside, sharing a meal, watching the kids play, or simply enjoying a good book and a glass of wine. Creating this for yourself in your backyard is absolutely possible, with a little creativity, budget, and guidance from an expert.

If you would like to add a luxurious outdoor living space to your home, be sure to contact Buddha Builders today for a free consultation.

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How To Prepare Your Outdoor Living Space For Fall In The Pacific Northwest

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Fall is a gorgeous time of the year. The moody colors, the cool weather. You might be thinking it means it’s time to pack up the patio and head indoors. Well, think again. There are ways to transform and transition your outdoor living space to be enjoyed beyond summer. Here’s how you can prepare your outdoor living space for fall.

Preparing Your Outdoor Living Space For Fall

Turn Up The Heat

You don’t need to move indoors to feel cozy. As long as you have a heating source outside, you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors long after summer is gone. For example, adding a gas heater to your outdoor living space can make the area warm enough to use, even when summer ends.

There are various types of outdoor heaters available – gas or electric, either tabletop or stand-alone. The great thing about a standing heater is that it can be moved around to wherever you might be situated. If your outdoor living space is semi-covered, you could even have electric heaters installed on the beams to provide some heat from above.

Gather Around The Fireplace

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A more permanent heating solution – a fireplace. When one thinks of fall, a roaring fire, a glass of wine and a good book come to mind. Installing an outdoor fireplace is a great way to bring a source of heat to your outdoor living space while creating a relaxing, moody ambiance.

There are also fire pits. These are great for large open spaces that need heating, like a large patio. With chairs arranged around it, a fire pit can create a cozy, sociable setting in your outdoor living space. These also create a beautiful atmosphere, as well as provide heat to the area.

Cover It Up

The weather might be cooler, but it’s still beautiful outside during fall. To continue enjoying your outdoor living space , you might consider adding a pergola or deck cover for your outdoor space. If your patio area is fully open, perhaps an overhead covering is a good idea to keep in the heat from your heater, fire, or fire pit; or keep the area dry on drippy days and nights.

Another tip is to invest in some furniture covers to protect your outdoor furniture against the elements.

Brighten Your Space

Lighting is all about creating ambiance. Summer brings bright light, warmth, and a happy atmosphere with it. Fall, however, brings cooler weather, earlier sunsets, and different coloring.

By adding outdoor lighting in the fall months, the ambiance already created by the changing season is enhanced . Think about adding deck or step lights for better visibility and safety. Accent lights can change the look and feel of an area and make it feel cozy on cooler nights. Adding wall and pathway lights is also a great option.

Spice It Up With A Kitchen

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Why not bring your kitchen outdoors? Grilling isn’t only for summer. You could upgrade your standard grill to an outdoor kitchen. That way, you can continue cooking outdoors well past summer. Change up from the grilled chicken and coleslaw to grilled meats and fall veggies.

Get Comfy With Your Furniture

First things first, when you buy outdoor furniture, try to get all-weather furniture. Getting furniture that can withstand most seasons will provide you with longer-lasting furniture AND you’ll be able to use it in spring, summer, or fall.

That being said, you can change a few things on your outdoor furniture, like pillows, throws, and covers. Think of a complementary color palette for the fall colors. Not necessarily the dark browns and red hues, but perhaps lighter colors, like a neutral palette, even throwing in pops of color like navy blue.

These create a beautiful contrast to the fall colors and can transition your space as the seasons change.

If you love entertaining in summer and you still want to have gatherings at your home, make sure you have guests feeling cozy, warm, and comfortable outdoors. Bringing out some extra throws, even when you have outdoor heating, can help beat the cooler evenings outdoors.

Decorate!

A beautiful way to transition your outdoor living space for fall is quite simple to decorate it in line with the fall palette. It is, after all, the season for Halloween and Thanksgiving, so why not decorate accordingly.

Bring in pumpkins and gourds. If you’re thinking ahead, fake ones are great as decorations, as they won’t rot (or attract raccoons).

Another great way to decorate is with tabletop trinkets and decorations. Tie these in with your cushions and throws and it’s a great way to incorporate fall colors in with your outdoor area.

Some Final Thoughts

The outdoors aren’t only meant to be enjoyed in summer, so why not extend the life of your outdoor living space, to include fall, by adding some aesthetic features. With some easy-to-do changes, your outdoor space can transition through all seasons (though perhaps not in snow) and be enjoyed until the last day of good weather!

Buddha Builders are the premier Seattle area outdoor living space experts. Contact us today to discuss your next project. Or just give us a call and we would be happy to offer free advice and consultation about preparing for fall.

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