Well-designed outdoor living spaces can be the most utilized areas of your home, especially when these spaces are built along paths used for entering and exiting the home. Surveys show that 87 percent of Americans list ‘spending more time outside’ as the most important reason for renovating their existing homes.
Here are tips to help you get the most from your investment in outdoor living space:
1. Determine the purpose of the space. Will the space be for relaxing, playing, dining, cooking, or a mix of these? And, how many people does this space need to accommodate?
4. Go window shopping. Visit retail showrooms for outdoor products and go online and to look at products you are considering. Read manufacturer information and customer reviews.
6. Make a plan. You don't have to be an artist to sketch your vision for your outdoor living space. For example, position a fire feature as the focal point of the space and place cooking and eating areas for optimum function and comfort.