When warm weather rolls around there is nothing like relaxing outdoors. And when you have a special area at home dedicated to this pursuit, all is well with the world. Take your outdoor living to the next level by following our checklist to fully enjoy your well deserved leisure time.
√ Start with the perfect backdrop for outdoor space, your home. Wrap the same look around front to back with a cohesive mix of materials for a unified style message. Achieve this by repeating elements used in the foundation, siding and roof, as well as the architecture. By this we mean don’t skimp on the back of your home, it all deserves the same attention to fine detail.
√ Let the outdoor experience begin by establishing views from the interior that will draw you outdoors. Of course a lake helps, but even framing views of the lawn and landscape with distinctive windows is inviting.
√ Take your color cues from the natural surrounds and also from your home interior. Here a classic Blue and White combination is the perfect fit for a lakefront for home.
√ Go ahead and add a theme like this nautical motif. Your outdoor space is the place to introduce a carefree sense of whimsy.
√ Be sure to position your living area where you will experience the best views in every direction. This could very well be to the side or even the front of your home in order to capture a “wow” moment. We have more tips on positioning your outdoor space here.
√ Include space for lounging alone or with friends and family. Here the fire pit is upgraded to full fireplace status in an outdoor living room. Extra backup from heat lamps will keep this area cozy into the evening and well throughout the chilly seasons. This room even features retractable motorized screens for pest-free extension of your home.
√ When creating an outdoor room think of protecting the area from the elements with partial walls or ceilings. Here again choose compatible elements to create a visual flow from the interior while blending with the home exterior. Keep it all low maintenance with durable outdoor fabrics and furnishing made to withstand the elements.
√ Set up a place for dining in close proximity to your outdoor kitchen and with easy access to the indoor kitchen. A convenient flow between cooking and dining zones will allow the guests and chef to enjoy more quality time together.
√ Include rain-or-shine provisions for your indoor-outdoor area. Gliding glass door panels and french doors create an easy transition between spaces so you can enjoy the outdoors even when the weather isn’t perfect.
We do also love a screened porch as an outdoor living option, read more about that here!
And a few more ideas for entertaining outdoors here!
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Photography is by Shanna Wolf, S.Photography and Styling
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