Outdoor living spaces are becoming more popular, and for good reason! Outdoor rooms add comfort and luxury to your life. You’ll get more fresh air, you’ll be able to relax and hang out outside, and you might even be inspired to entertain friends and family more often.
The great thing about outdoor living spaces is that they can be anything you want them to be. It doesn’t matter if your yard is small or large. You can go with a simple pergola and firepit area, you can create a 3-season screened porch complete with a hot tub, or you can go all out with a full-service outdoor kitchen and bar on your patio. Here are some ideas to inspire your outdoor room remodel.
1. Dine “Al Fresco”
A covered dining area with comfortable furniture can allow you to have meals outside, rain or shine. Connect it to your kitchen with large retractable doors, and you’ll be able to dramatically expand your living space during the warm-weather months.
2. Add an Outdoor Kitchen
Instead of going from the kitchen to the grill and back every time you want to cook outdoors, you can add a full kitchen on your patio. It can include countertops and cabinets, a cook surface, an island with barstools, and even a refrigerator, if you want.
3. Entertain All Summer with an Outdoor Bar
Take the outdoor kitchen idea up a notch by installing an outdoor bar! It is sure to make your home the favorite spot for entertaining. You can add a wine unit, kegerator, sink and ice machine. Your imagination (and budget) are the only limitations.
4. Movie Night Under the Stars
With the right protective covering, you can have a TV on your back porch for watching sports on a Sunday afternoon or enjoying a family movie night. Retractable screens and projection TVs are a fun surprise for your guests and allow you to retain a clean style when not in use. A quick Google search for ‘outdoor projection screens’ will return a slew of reasonably priced options, and the cost of projectors has come down a lot over the years.
5. Low Maintenance Fire Pits
Outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, and fire tables are all having a moment right now, and we are sure that they are here to stay! Fire adds so much ambience to your patio or back porch, whether it’s a summer night or a chilly fall evening. Fire pits are fun and functional for those s’mores parties with the kids.
6. Create a Shady Space in Your Garden
A well-designed pergola, gazebo, or shade structure can be a wonderful addition to your outdoor space. When designed with your home’s architectural style in mind, it can drastically improve curb appeal… and allow you to enjoy your yard like never before.
7. Showstopping Water Feature
There are few things more luxurious than a beautiful water feature on your patio. The sound of running water is relaxing and soothing, and it can set the tone for your entire outdoor space.
How to Get a Stylish, Well-Designed Outdoor Living Space
To get the most out of your outdoor space, it needs to be well designed. There are multiple factors that you have to consider: it should be functional and beautiful, it should reflect your home’s architecture style, and it should be constructed and furnished with materials that will stand up to the elements in your climate.
When working on a remodel or addition, don’t forget to consult with our pros at Drafting Cafe Architects on the structures and hardscaping for your outdoor space. Let us know your inspiration and ideas, and our Architectural Designer will help you create the outdoor space you are dreaming of. Imagine yourself relaxing in the shade of your gorgeous new outdoor room with a drink in hand!