If you dream of the perfect outdoor living space for relaxing with a good book in the shade, entertaining family in your outdoor kitchen, playing with the kids in the sunshine – or just breathing in the sights and sounds of nature in your own personal oasis – here are some tips to help kickstart the planning process when the time is right for you.
Modern landscaping and hardscaping offer limitless possibilities, so you can find the right solution to complement the way you live and your personal tastes. Whether you want a stylish lounge area for entertaining, a green-filled hideaway for connecting with nature, or a clean, minimal space for family fun and games, you can make it happen using a combination of pavers, walls, fire pits or even full outdoor kitchens.
First, decide what do you most want to do in your outdoor space:
Relaxed entertaining centre
Maybe your dream sanctuary is a cozy fire pit surrounded by lounge seating to create a comfortable outdoor living room family and guests can enjoy day or night. Or perhaps you want to dazzle guests with your culinary skills at a complete outdoor kitchen.
Cozy natural retreat
Create a space for unwinding from the week’s stresses. You could arrange a trellis or pergola bursting with plants and flowers, install relaxing hammocks or a serene fountain to complete your oasis.
Whatever plans you have for hardscapes, furnishings, appliances and more, consider the overall ambience you want to create. Consider not only the natural environment but what style best complements your home’s aesthetics.
Focus on family fun
Maybe your dream is to add outdoor recreation areas for you and your family. Consider making space for giant stacking blocks, life-size checkers or chess, corn-hole or ring toss. Then use the existing feel of your home’s exterior as the basis for your stylistic direction – traditional, old-world aesthetics or a more modern-looking feel to your contemporary space.
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