Creating Attractive Outdoor Living Spaces

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“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!'”      Robin Williams

Longer days and calmer temperatures signal a return to outdoor living.  Using nature as a backdrop, the open-air space surrounding your home can provide hours of delight and relaxation.  Multiple studies have shown that just looking outdoors will activate the part of the brain related to thoughts of balance and happiness.  Take advantage of natures feel-good with the creation of al fresco spaces that will also enhance the square footage and value of your home.

The most successful outdoor space will be an extension of your homes interior style while blending with the surroundings.  A perfect plan will provide appealing and useful outdoor “rooms” as well as beautiful scenes when you look out the window.

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Where do you start? 

  • Our recommendation is to first make a list of any daily activities that would be pleasurable if moved outdoors.  Often relaxation tops the list, with entertainment, cooking and play space following closely.from website 20180008
  • Take inventory of your property and the available options to create outdoor rooms.  Consider exposure to the elements, the direction of sunlight and your desire for privacy vs. neighborhood interaction.  This will guide the placement of your outdoor living space to the front, side or back yard of your home.

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  • Next evaluate your floor plan and the most logical points for moving from indoors out.  The more convenient this transition, the more you will use your outdoor areas.  When building or remodeling, we like to feature specialty Nano (folding) or French Doors to visually diminish the indoor/outdoor line and encourage fluid movement.

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  • An informal sketch of your property showing home placement will allow you to designate logical active and calm areas.  Allow for entertaining and family fun as well quiet activities like reading, napping and gardening.

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  • Consider ways to lengthen the time you can enjoy spring and summer months by including the protection of a covered porch or three season room.

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  • Connect your outdoor living areas with landscaping, walkways and privacy screening than integrates the outdoor space with the overall architecture of your home.

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  • Finally, remember that there are experts,  like those at Lowell Management,  with the expertise and ability to guide you in the planning and execution of your new home and remodeling projects.

Room with a View


Outdoor living spaces have become much more than a place to relax; they are now an extension of the home.   Many even include upscale kitchens and screened in porches.   Scott Lowell recognizes the demand for this extra space and accommodates the personal taste of each homeowner.  “Some families want an elaborate outdoor kitchen with a top of the line grill and plenty of island space to prepare food and entertain.  Others simply want a porch with a view to enjoy,” says Scott Lowell, president of Lowell Management Services.  “We create each space that accommodates the lifestyle of the homeowner.”

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In Geneva National, where Lowell Management Services currently has three distinctly unique communities, all with custom homes built by Lowell Management Services, the outdoor space is as significant as the home.  With homes located on Lake Como, the 18th hole or in the midst of 200 year old oaks, the outdoor space in the home is a necessity.   Geneva National is Southern Wisconsin’s most notable year-round golf resort community.   It is located on Lake Como, just four miles west of downtown Lake Geneva.   This 1,600-acre property has expanses of preserved wooded and open space and surrounds 54 holes of legendary golf designed by Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Lee Trevino at Geneva National Golf Club.
Other amenities include tennis, swimming, water sports and miles of scenic hiking trails.   A new state-of-the-art fitness center is now open.   There is also a beautiful clubhouse with a new members-only dining room, a lavish new lounge and more. Both golf and social memberships are available.   Keefe Real Estate maintains a sales office open everyday at the entrance of Geneva National for both resale and new construction.   For additional information or to schedule your appointment to find out about The Woods, please call 262/245-2380 or visit www.gnbuilders.com.