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How to Plan Your Outdoor Living SpaceFebruary 20th, 2014 by
When thinking about home remodeling, many people probably consider redoing a kitchen or bathroom or replacing siding or a roof. Too often, outdoor space is completely overlooked. However, giving your property some extra flair and value offers a wealth of possibilities.
Choosing a Type of Space
Depending on the style of your home, an outdoor living space can include anything from porches and patios to outdoor kitchens and gazebos. A home on a large enough piece of property can even incorporate several of these kinds of spaces. Creating an outdoor living space can make your house seem much larger and more versatile because it adds a new area that can be utilized in a multitude of ways. Whether you are just looking for a place to relax outside or you want to be able to entertain guests on a regular basis, a stylish and functional outdoor living area can be a very rewarding and useful investment.
Setting Your Budget
As with any kind of renovation, the cost of an outdoor living space construction or renovation can be high. It is important to have a clear idea of how much money you are willing and able to spend, and you should not exceed that amount. Renovations are an easy thing to get carried away with, as thoughts about adding just one more piece of furniture or one more shade to the color palette can sway your budget. It is easy to fall in love with a certain design or style, but before you become too attached, check the price. It may seem disappointing to have to compromise on a design element, but it is much safer to sacrifice style over budget. You will have a much greater sense of accomplishment, too, if you are able to create a beautiful outdoor living space without breaking the bank.
Deciding on a Style
Regardless of the type of outdoor living space being added, you should design it in a way that complements the overall aesthetic of your home. Be aware of your home’s style and color scheme when making design choices for your new space. Additionally, think about the functionality of the space—will it be getting constant, frequent use by many people or just a few? Provide ample seating and space if the area is being constructed to host parties or get-togethers. Traditionally, outdoor living spaces are constructed outside of kitchens, because that affords people easy access to food and drinks—especially if they are entertaining guests and transferring many dishes inside and outside.
Hiring a Professional
While some outdoor living space updates can be good do-it-yourself projects, such as painting existing furniture or changing decor, it is best to hire a professional for any major construction. Professionals often provide invaluable advice because they have many years of experience with the kind of renovation work being done. They can help address potential design problems and suggest alternative options if you are having trouble staying within budget. Professionals will also be familiar with design trends and popular features that may be beneficial to include in your renovation project.
Building or remodeling an outdoor living space is a terrific way to give your home a new feel and more space. Not only does it add market value to your house, but it also encourages you to spend some time outdoors and enjoy the fresh air.
Sources: Country Living; HGTV.
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