Inspiration for Ideal Outdoor Living


All of us would love to have a nice outdoor living space, and it wouldn’t matter if it’s big or small. As long as it’s comfortable enough to make us feel relaxed, our outdoor living area would be a recreational haven for us and our loved ones.

So, how can you turn your outdoor space into the perfect hangout where you can spend hours on end in a cozy chair, reading a book, with patio shades protecting you from the elements?
Here are some ideas that you might find useful.

Leah and Justin's patio
A dining set here and an outdoor rug there can transform a concrete patio.

1. Build a patio or terrace.

You have to build a patio, or a terrace, to have a living space right next to your house. It’s all about putting up a hard, flat surface in your backyard where you can set furniture.

You can build a patio or terrace from a wide range of materials, including concrete, brick and pavers.

Furniture designer sanding a wooden chair frame
Want to save money? Build your own outdoor seating. (DepositPhotos)

2. Buy or build outdoor furniture.

Once your patio is done, fill it with furniture such as a dining set and seating to surround a fire pit for cooler months.

When buying outdoor furniture, you need to consider the weather. Do you live in an area where it’s hot and dry and is it windy there? How often does it rain?

Wood furniture splinters and cracks in hot and dry weather. If your patio furniture is aluminum, expect it to go flying when strong winds hit. And with all that moisture from the rain, wicker patio furniture won’t be doing well and might rot early.

Alternatively, you can build outdoor furniture for a unique look with a story behind it.

air humidification by spraying
Misting system. (DepositPhotos)

3. Keep things cool or warm.

In the summer, it’s nice to spend time on your patio, but it can get too hot for comfort. So, keep everyone cool during the hottest days with strategically placed fans and patio drop shades. A fog misting system would also keep everyone refreshed.

But what if the weather becomes too cold, and you still want to stay outdoors? You can always install an electric heater and a fire pit.

wood privacy fence
An 8-foot vertical-slat fence adds beauty and privacy to the backyard.

4. Put a premium on privacy.

You wouldn’t be able to relax in your outdoor living space if neighbors could readily see you from their property. So, surround your property with tall landscaping plants or a simple fence to keep nosy neighbors out.

If you plan to create the ideal outdoor living space the DIY way, then good for you, especially if you actually have the skills and patience to do it.

If you’re not into DIY projects or you simply don’t have the time to do it yourself, consult a home designer.


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