Planning an Outdoor Space: Four Considerations Before You Plan

This will be the first of a four part blog entry that I hope will help you on your way to creating the perfect outdoor space. In the next few weeks I will be writing about the different things that you need to consider when planning an outdoor space. With a little forethought, an outdoor living lifestyle can offer a tranquil sanctuary for relaxation and entertaining. Whether you’re starting from scratch or revamping an unappealing slab of concrete, planning an outdoor living room is key to creating an area that is both beautiful and practical.

Some essential factors must be considered when planning an outdoor space. Remember, an outdoor living room is comparable to one indoors with the exception of solid exterior walls. Expect that the space will require a similar amount of planning, labor, and expense to boost your home’s value and enhance the visual appeal of your property. The following are four things you should keep in mind when planning an outdoor living room:

1. Climate

Planning an Outdoor Space: Climate

Considering the climate when planning an outdoor space seems like an obvious decision. Yet many homeowners get so excited with the romance and creativity of designing an outdoor room, they end up with an uncomfortable or uninviting outdoor space for much of the year. With the right planning, you can enjoy your outdoor space in your specific climate zone during different seasons.

2. Space and Dimension

The size of your outdoor space largely depends on the type of activities you expect to host, how many people you want to accommodate and the size of your property. Whether your outdoor living room is small and cozy or large and spacious, with a little planning you can create zones for different activities – such as cooking, dining, and cozy seating areas for conversations – while allowing for traffic flow throughout the space. In doing so, you can ensure that your outdoor living lifestyle will never get boring.

3. Transition from Indoor to Outdoor Space

Aesthetically-pleasing outdoor spaces can bring you pleasure every day, even when you’re inside. When designed properly, your outdoor living space can become a piece of artwork to be admired from your windows. In addition, with a bit of planning, you can ensure your outdoor room is easily accessible from the inside of your house. Food preparation areas located near your indoor kitchen are always a good idea. Transition is a necessary step when planning an outdoor space.

4. Natural Attributes

While dreaming of the perfect outdoor escape, keep in mind natural attributes like trees, existing landscape materials, and the natural terrain. Planning will allow you to integrate natural and manmade elements so an outdoor living space blends into its natural setting, complimenting the surrounding environment. You’ll also want to take into consideration natural elements such as prevailing winds and sun orientation.

With these four elements in mind, you can begin planning the ideal outdoor living lifestyle . The planning process doesn’t have to be long and laborious. Have fun and play around with different ideas. By following these simple and practical steps, you’ll ensure the resulting space is suited to your personal preferences, entertainment needs, lifestyle, and environment.