10 Feb Create an Outdoor Sanctuary
Outdoor living spaces have become increasingly popular over the last several years. These areas have turned into an extension of the home, essentially creating more space and giving more functionality to your backyard then just a place for the kids to play or dog to roam. If you’ve decided to create an outdoor space, here are some things to consider before you begin.
First & foremost, what is the primary purpose & use for the space?
- Will it be your zen zone, an area for you to relax?
- Do you want a more formal sitting and entertaining area?
- Or do you want a full outdoor kitchen, complete with grill, wash area and brick oven for those delicious pizzas you’ll be making?
- Whatever you choose, make sure you have a goal in mind and stick with it through the accessorizing faze.
Next, be sure to know your space!
There’s nothing worse than buying all of this great furniture and then not be able to fit it all into the area you have created. Measure your area, then sketch out how you would like the area to look when furnished. This will give you a clear idea of where everything will go and you now have dimensions to be able to buy furniture that fits!
When selecting furniture, be sure the style of the furniture is compatible with the style of your outdoor space. For instance, if you’ve created a rustic style space, than your furniture should be rustic as well. You wouldn’t want formal furniture in a rustic space. Also be sure to choose the highest quality furniture that you can afford. The furniture will be more comfortable and provide years of use so you’ll save money by not having to replace it so often. Another way to save money is to consider functionality of the furniture you are choosing. A storage bench can function not only as storage but as additional seating, a table, even a cooler!
Lastly, as any indoor room would have a focal point, so should your outdoor space.
Artwork, fountains and fire pits are all great focal points to consider. You can also have a more natural focal point by using a tree, flowers and plants, or a trellis.
If you’re handy enough this is a great DIY project that can be completed in a few weekends depending on the scope and size of your area. If you’re not so handy, or thought you were and got in over your head , consider calling a designer or architect for help. DreamMaker is always here to make your dreams a reality, whether they are indoors or out!