As the weather cools, there are still plenty of great outdoor activities you and your family can enjoy. Everything from visiting a local orchard to picking pumpkins is probably on your list. One thing you might not have considered is how much time you can spend outside during the Fall at your own home! With the right outdoor living design, you can make your home the perfect place to enjoy Fall.
Here’s how you can really maximize your outdoor living spaces:
Establish traffic patterns to make the area flow better.
If you’re thinking about adding an outdoor living space to your custom home, it’s important to understand how guests will move from one area to another. If you love to entertain, you might be thinking about adding an outdoor kitchen, bar, and dining area. As you prepare the meal, guests might mingle close to the kitchen or enjoy a cocktail at the bar. However, when the meal is ready, they’ll need to move to the outdoor dining area. Using furniture and landscaping like shrubs and flower beds you can help direct the flow of traffic from one living space to the next.
A fireplace draws guests in while providing a sense of warmth and comfort.
Firepits are great for roasting s’mores and singing campfire songs, but your outdoor living space needs something more than that. It needs a fireplace. Not only can you still roast marshmallows and enjoy the warmth of the fire, but you’ll have the aesthetics that a fireplace adds.
A variety of seating gives every guest the chance to sit and enjoy.
If you love to entertain, then having only one sitting area probably won’t cut it. You want to create pockets of sitting areas that your guests can use as they mingle with each other. A bar is a great place to sit and enjoy a couple of drinks. Outdoor couches are great for larger gatherings. Still, you might want a more intimate setting, which is where the fireplace comes back in, or even a few swings scattered around your deck to allow guests to enjoy the outdoors.
Create a central focal point to build off of.
Getting started with your outdoor area can be intimidating. Do you start with a kitchen? A living room? A dining room? Instead of thinking about the space as a whole, focus on a central element and go from there. For example, if you love grilling, then a kitchen is a great place to start. Consider all of the elements you might need to prepare an entire meal outdoors. Taking this approach will help you design the entire space to match and meet all of your outdoor living needs.
Use shrubs or small trees to create privacy and keeps the outdoor living space natural.
With any outdoor living area, you’ll want a sense of privacy. Fencing works great, but sometimes they add too much contrast to the space. Instead of using bulky privacy fences, consider using strategic landscaping to create a natural fence. Small trees and shrubs are great for creating privacy and keeping everything natural.
Are you thinking about starting a custom home building project? The custom home builders at Carrington Homes would love to hear about all of your ideas! We’ll listen carefully and turn your ideas into plans. From there, we’ll work together to make your dream home come to life! Let’s get started!