7 Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces
Outdoor living spaces continue to be a top request for 2014 Raleigh new home designs. Get 7 tips for how to design your outdoor living spaces, below.
Outdoor Living Space Tip #1: Integrate the indoor and outdoor
Design the outdoor living space into your home - by integrating at least two walls of the home into the deck, patio, or porch.
This will make your outdoor living spaces feel like a more cohesive part of your home - as they are physically structured into the floor plan.
In this Raleigh new home photo, the concrete patio follows the full length of the home, encased by a wall at each end. Brick steps lead to a future swimming pool.
Outdoor Living Space Tip #2: Maintain continuity
You should always maintain continuity by using the same style or genre inside and outside.
It can feel awkward if the interior of your home is contemporary and the exterior is traditional.
For instance, in this version of the Worthington, the home owners used synthetic landscaping materials - a black colored bark material - to continue the contemporary feel of their home, inside and out. A white exterior, red door, and black shutters round out this homes exterior style.
Outdoor Living Space Tip #3: Know your options
If you have a pretty good idea of what you want your outdoor living space to feel like, there are going to be more and less expensive alternatives that can create a similar upscale look.
For instance, while patio pavers (made of brick, stone, or concrete blocks) are beautiful, they are typically more expensive than adding stamped concrete.
Outdoor Living Space Tip #4: Create versatile spaces
If you have the option of integrating two distinct outdoor living spaces, consider a screen porch and deck OR patio layout.
Screen porches are best year-round spaces, especially if you integrate a fireplace.
Outdoor Living Space Tip #5: Special features
While it is tempting to get all the features you love into one space, you'll want to narrow in on a few favorites. Choosing a few special features will maintain a reasonable budget, and it will give your outdoor living spaces a center focus.
For instance, more 2014 home buyers are opting for a fireplace OR fire pit design.
If you plan to use a table with chairs, you'll want to avoid designs that build in seatwalls.
Outdoor Living Space Tip #6: Balancing act
While some home buyers are opting to add a full-service kitchen to their backyards, others want to keep it simple - with a grilling deck.
You'll want to ask yourself: how often will I truly use an outdoor cooking area? If the answer is on holidays, you're probably better off budgeting for an upgrade in the kitchen and a simple outdoor living space.
Keep in mind that simple does not mean small! A large, rectangular deck can be cost effective - with a total cost that's much lower than a potential outdoor kitchen, for example. Ask your builder about including a built-in gas line for your grill - like in this custom home.
Outdoor Living Space Tip #7: Low maintenance
Do you love working in the yard? Landscaping packages range from low to high maintenance. Many homeowners are opting to add their own landscaping, rather than pay for a landscaping package over 30 years.
More surveys show that home buyers are integrating vegetable gardens in their backyard - consider where you might like to place a garden or integrate particular types of plants.
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