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How to Create an Intentional, Functional Outdoor Space

The outdoor spaces around our homes are an extension of our indoor spaces – and, when done right, can enhance your living experience. If you’re not using your yard as much as you’d like, or would just like some fresh ideas, this blog is for you. Let’s talk about some quick do’s and don’ts when it comes to intentionally creating a functional outdoor space your whole family will love!

DO These Things in Your Outdoor Space

Connect indoor/outdoor spaces: Your outdoor space should be an extension of your home. Consider creating a beautiful large patio, a small kitchen/dining/grilling area, and a firepit or fireplace element, depending on your budget. Pro-Tip: Fireplaces tend to get more use than firepits.

Cover your outdoor space: If you can afford it, create a covered space that ties into your roof. This will protect you and your furniture from the elements and enable you to use the space more frequently. Pro-Tip: Build your covering at least 12-14 feet up so it doesn’t impede your views.

Make access easy: Make sure you have an easy way to get to your outdoor space. Consider adding a patio door or an accordion door that opens up the entire wall to the outdoor space.

Consider landscaping: Create a sanctuary in your backyard with more than just shrubs. Consider adding water elements, sculpture elements, and bird sanctuaries to create an experience in your yard. Your yard can be your oasis when done right!

Create a party room: Add a stall or two behind your garage that opens up to your yard or simply add a back garage door to your existing garage. This is perfect for family gatherings and creating memories with loved ones and is fast becoming a ‘thing’. Bonus…Teens love spaces like this – make your house the hotspot for them and their friends!

DON’T Do These Things in Your Outdoor Space

Count on it adding value: Remember that you may not get all of the money you invested in your outdoor space back out of the house. Do it because you want to, not to add value.

Add high-maintenance elements: Try to make your outdoor space as maintenance-free as possible. This will ensure that you don’t create tons of extra work for yourself.

Forget scale: Make sure the size of your outdoor space is in keeping with the scale of your property. Avoid mammoth or too tiny elements that don’t go with the size and style of your house.

Forget pool safety: If you add a pool, make sure you have a retractable cover and choose a shape that accommodates safety concerns.

Go without a plan: Don’t wing it when it comes to your outdoor space. Consult with a landscaping professional to ensure you get a plan that works. For example, proper grading is an important consideration that professionals can help you with.

Creating an intentional, functional outdoor space can be a game changer for your home and your enjoyment of it. By incorporating these do’s and don’ts, you’ll be well on your way to creating a beautiful outdoor space that you and your family will love for years to come.  Have fun with it and just do it!

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