If you enjoy spending lots of time outdoors, it’s a great idea to consider a new outdoor living space. If you live in a house with a yard or in a ground-floor apartment, the options are limitless as to how you can design a beautiful patio or courtyard.
Creating an outdoor living space that is both functional and visually pleasing requires more than just shopping for new furniture or moving a few things around. It involves some planning, design and careful execution.
How to create an outdoor living space
- Measure your area
First, you should consider the size of the space you can work with. Be sure to take accurate measurements. This will help you with the design phase and when you’re ready to choose new furniture.
- Decide which type of flooring you want
Do you want stone floors, tiles, or a wooden deck? The type of flooring you choose should be able to withstand different weather conditions. It should also have the needed traction to avoid slip-and-fall accidents in rainy weather.
- Choose outdoor furniture
Before you buy any furniture, you have to consider the material it is made of. It must be durable and be able to withstand both rainy and sunny weather. Material such as resin wicker, solid wood, recycled plastic, steel, and aluminium are all excellent options for outdoor furniture.
When choosing furniture, you should also consider the number of people who will be using the area. Do you have a big family or like to have friends over often? Go for a patio set with enough seating for groups. If you’re planning to dine outside, be sure to add one or two side tables too.
Your furniture should match your home’s look and feel, but it should also be timeless to ensure it will look great, even after many years.
- Add a cover
Spending time outdoors during autumn or spring can be great, but once the sun really comes out in the summer, you will need a shading solution. But what are the options?
- You can go for a wooden structure. This is usually an affordable solution, however, it will require frequent treatment to ensure the wood doesn’t erode over time.
- You can opt for an aluminium canopy. This type of structure is typically highly durable and will not easily rust or erode over time.
- Include functional features
An outdoor living space is mostly used for relaxing and entertaining. So, why not include a few functional features? These can include:
- A firepit
- A patio heater
- A water feature
- A hang mat
An outdoor living space should be more than just a deck or patio. This area should look and feel as comfortable as your living room and suit your unique style. And such an outdoor living space shouldn’t be expensive or difficult to create. If you need help with designing the ideal space or are looking for complete renovations or construction services, contact Marjon Solutions today. We will help you to create the outdoor space of your dreams.