Tips for Designing the Perfect Outdoor Living Space

Tips for Designing the Perfect Outdoor Living Space

Outdoor living spaces not only allow us to maximize and enjoy every last square foot of our properties with open-air “rooms,” they invite us to enjoy a bit of nature. Nothing is more relaxing than a cup of morning coffee, watching the world wake up, or a glass of wine in the evening, watching it go back to sleep. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your outdoor living spaces, look no further! We have some tips to help you make these cozy, welcoming, and functional features of your home.

Design on a Dollar 

The sky's the limit when it comes to creating outstanding outdoor living spaces - but many of us want to do so while keeping our budget in check. Not a problem. By thinking creatively and repurposing items you probably already have, you can achieve the look and feel you want at a price that is comfortable.

Some must-have items for your outdoor living space:

  • Potted plants. Plant pots and containers are relatively inexpensive, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Keep an eye out at your favorite home store, box store, and at yard sales. You can use potted plants to create living walls for your outdoor rooms, and taller plants or potted trees can provide privacy. Why not set up a container garden while you’re at it. A little basil, dill, parsley, rosemary… you’ve got fresh herbs for dinner! 
  • Weatherproof products. Nothing’s as refreshing as enjoying the summer breeze - unless your neighbor has a direct view into your yard! Bright outdoor rugs can be hung between patio posts to create a privacy screen, or you can install rattan or bamboo blinds. This will also help cut down on the heat when the sun is beating down or protect you from the wind.
  • Solar lights. Set the mood with solar lights. These are available in a variety of styles. They soak up the rays during the day and provide a warm glow in the evenings. There is no wiring to worry about, and they’re sun-powered so your electricity bill won’t suffer. You can use them to mark paths or highlight plants, fountains, and other features.
  • Firepit. Nothing better than sitting around the campfire! A contained fire pit allows you to enjoy the light, warmth, and atmosphere you want. And you can make s’mores! Win-win! Whether you buy, DIY, or have one professionally installed, this is certainly a focal point of your outdoor living space. 
  • And whatever else you have lying around! If you want to spend hundreds or thousands on outdoor furniture, by all means. But you can also repurpose everyday items. For example, that old tree stump you keep meaning to remove? It’s a comfy seat when you add a waterproof cushion. A paver or flagstone left from your path project? Put it on top of a large plant pot for a side table. And you have pallets or can get them from an area hardware store? Well, the options are endless! You can make tables, benches, couches, and much more. Take a look at your raw materials, do some Pinterest-ing, and see what you can create.

Up the Ante with an Outdoor Kitchen

This is luxe! An outdoor kitchen does typically require a bigger investment, but if you love to grill, entertain, and relax outside, it is well worth it. It is recommended that your outdoor kitchen be covered by a roofed structure to protect your appliances and other items - and make it more comfortable for you to enjoy, rain or shine. 

Outdoor kitchens can include everything found indoors, from grilling stations and countertops to refrigerators, sinks, and cozy seating arrangements. It’s up to you, what features are most important to you, and how much you want to spend.

We can help you evaluate your space, plan your requirements, and create an outdoor living space that meets all of your needs. Do you want an outdoor kitchen? Fireplace? Patio? Creative seating arrangements? Stunning water features? Lovely walkways? Gorgeous landscaping? The expert team at Garrett’s Landscape is ready to make your vision a reality.