If you have an outdoor space that you would like to transform into an outdoor living area, then you must know that it is a process that takes careful planning. To create a relaxing and functional outdoor living space, here are four tips:
1. Add a Source of Fire.
No matter where it is at, a fire is a place where everyone enjoys curling up with a blanket and a good book and simply relaxing. Outside, it's a great place to surround yourself with friends and family to enjoy each other's company. On chilly, clear nights, it is a fantastic place to be to stay warm and star-gaze. If your budget and space allows, a full-size fire source is ideal in an outdoor area; however, if it does not, then there are alternatives, such as fire pits.
2. Include Plenty of Seating.
If you are going to have an outdoor living space, you need to ensure that there are ample seating options for people to enjoy it. From benches to stools, seating options allow everyone somewhere to sit while they're at your home. Make sure you have a little bit of everything – permanent benches that won't move as well as chairs that can be pulled together for an intimate chat. The one thing that you want to make sure that you don't do is include too many seating options that you clutter the traffic patterns. Speaking of traffic patterns…
3. Don't Forget Traffic Patterns.
While you can beautify an outdoor space all you want, it won't be complete if you don't establish specific traffic patterns. Without somewhere for your guests to walk, your outdoor living space simply won't walk as efficiently as it should. So, to establish traffic patterns, you can lay a formal walkway by using concrete, stone, pea gravel or some other form of material or you could opt to plant trees or shrubs in order to create borders and corners.
4. Consider Putting Up a Shelter.
To help define your outdoor living area while also making the space a bit more cozier for you and your guests, you may want to consider putting up some form of shelter. This can be in the form of an awning, pergola, gazebo or even an umbrella. The covering will help to protect you and your guests from light rain as well as harsh sunlight.
If you need help pulling your outdoor living space together, consider working with a landscape professional who can help make your design dreams come true. A professional can work with you to come with you a design that matches your preferences as well as your budget.