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7 Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces - 2014 New Home Design

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 @ 09:06 AM

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.

7 Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces - 2014 New Home Design

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.

7 Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces - 2014 New Home Design

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.

7 Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces - 2014 New Home Design

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.

7 Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces - 2014 New Home Design

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.

7 Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces - 2014 New Home Design

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.

7 Tips for Outdoor Living Spaces - 2014 New Home Design

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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Outdoor Living Trends | Top 5 "Most Requested" Screen Porches

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Oct 26, 2011 @ 11:10 AM

Outdoor Living Trends - Most Requested Outdoor Living Features

Top 5 Most Requested Screen Porch Ideas

Raleigh new home outdoor living spaces are growing in popularity - see what special details can make your custom screen porch or rear patio stand out.

Outdoor Living Spaces Photo Gallery: Porches, Decks, Screen Rooms.

Find out more about beadboard ceilings, stamped concrete, and designer selections that make the "most requested" list for Raleigh custom homes!

This Raleigh custom home sScreen Porch Styles | New Homes with Screen Porches | Rear Screen Porchcreen porch includes:

 - Beadboard Ceiling Treatment

 - Stamped Concrete

 - Lantern Style Ceiling Fan

 - Stained Hardwood Railings

 - French Doors from Great Room




What is beadboard, and what does it add to your outdoor living space?

What is beadboard | Beadboard Ceilings

Beadboard is a ceiling treatment that gives a routed design to previously flat panels or flat wood coverings. 

Beadboard is sometimes referred to as a "tongue and groove" treatment.

Beadboard can be made of wooden planks, beadboard panels (as in this example), or even vinyl

Beadboard ceiling treatments give a your new home a more classic (and expensive) look and feel, without paying too much.  


What is stamped concrete, and could it be a good choice for your new home porch or patio?

Stamped Concrete | What is stamped concrete?

Stamped concrete is created by pouring slab concrete into a walkway, patio, or porch, and imprinting a pattern, texture, and/or color.

The stamp duplicates different surfaces, such as cobblestones, brick, wood, seashells, and others.  

This technique offers homebuyers a durable, realistic, and easy to clean alternative to pavers or natural stone.  




What other designer selections were included in this custom screen porch?

Custom Home Screen Porch | One Story Brick Homes | Raleigh Custom Home Builders


The ceiling fan in this screen porch is a lantern style in a deep bronze finish.

The railing and posts are made of weather treated Northern hardwood, stained in a natural brown that blends perfectly with the brick exterior

French doors lead outside from the great room.



Looking for a custom home with a terrific outdoor living area?  Stanton Homes on staff designers will work with you to create just what you have in mind - and give you suggestions on how to meet your budget, too! 

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Custom Home Ideas: Top 5 Outdoor Living Features for 2011

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 @ 09:09 AM

Top 5 Outdoor Living Features for 2011

Custom Home Ideas include five ways to make your outdoor space more enjoyable

Here are the top 5 most popular outdoor living features for 2011, as surveyed by the American Society of Landscape Architects

1. Exterior lighting

Both practical and pleasing to the eye, exterior lighting can highlight the unique features of a home's exterior, while increasing safety in traffic and activity areas.

Some examples of exterior lighting include:New Home Outdoor Living

  • Wall lighting: extra lights mounted near doorways or along stairs and walkways

  • Landscape lighting: in gardens, along decks, and throughout the yard

Cut Outdoor Lighting Costs by Thinking Ahead

Low Cost Electrical Additions during construction makes outdoor lighting much less costly later.

Add outdoor outlets in strategic locations.

Add underground conduit and sleeves - where and how you should plan.

2. Fireplaces and Fire Pits

Outdoor Living

Use your outdoor living space throughout the year.

In the fall and winter, use your fireplace or fire pit to keep warm and cozy with roasted marshmallows and hot cider.

In the spring and summer, enjoy cookouts and picnics, with a warm glow as the sun goes down.



3. Seating and Dining AreasOutdoor seating and dining areas

Seating and dining areas can be built in structures of stone or brick, or they can be puchased after construction as sets.

Seating and dining sets can be a beautiful and useful addition to a deck, screen porch, or landscaped area.

4. Grills

Don't need an entire seating or dining area? A simple grill might be right for you.

Whether built-in or placed on a backyard deck, screen porch, or patio, having a way to cook outdoors can allow you to spend more time in the fresh air with friends and family.

5. Installed Seating

Installed seating can include benches, seat walls, ledges, steps, and boulders, among others.

Installed seating is ideal for a casual hang out area of conversation and drinks, and they can be smoothly integrated into your home's structure. Need a retaining wall for your lot? Consider installing a stone wall topped with a flat seating area.

Outdoor Living Space

According to American Society of Landscape Architects, here are the Outdoor Living Feature popularity ratings in 2011:

Lighting – 96.2%
Fire pits/fireplace – 94.2%
Seating/dining areas – 94.1%
Grills – 93.8%
Installed seating – 89.5%

(Percent rating somewhat or very popular for 2011)

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