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Our Favorite Elements of Outdoor Living Spaces

Updated: Oct 23, 2023

Stellar Landscaping Design Leads to You Living Your Best Life

Outdoor living spaces provide the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. People use these spaces as oases and escapes from the daily grind - for grilling, exercising, playing with pets and children, gardening, and simply relaxing.

Now you can create your own retreat at home. Outdoor living design has boomed in popularity over the last couple of years. Nearly three-quarters of Americans spend time relaxing on their patios. Over half use them for socializing with friends and family, and half use their outdoor living spaces for cooking.

Extend Your Home’s Interior with Outdoor Living Space

When your home feels crowded, escape to the outdoors. Instead of having 2,000 square feet inside your home, you can turn your yard into a living space - and now you have plenty more room to enjoy. Even if you only use a portion of your yard space, you can still create an outdoor oasis that is even bigger than the interior of your home!

Do you remember all those times when your mom told you to go outside and play? This is how you can take her advice to the next level.

Elements of Outdoor Living Spaces That Everybody Loves

There are a number of popular features that are seen in many of the designs we create. Here are a few of our favorites that make the biggest impact.

Create a Stunning Patio or Deck in Your Outdoor Living Design

Choose a solid surface like pavers, tile, or natural stone to create a gorgeous patio, or add a raised deck made of lumber or long-lasting decking. Consider elements you can build into your new patio or deck, including seating made of the same or complementary materials, all-weather furnishings, and potted plants to bring nature to you.

Hardscaping design requires the services of a dedicated team, such as Meadowlark Landscape & Design, who can make the most of your space and help you come up with elements you never would have dreamed of.

Add Climate Controls to Your Landscape Design

Create a space protected from the elements. Add awnings, pergolas, and canopies to keep snow and sun at bay. A roofed deck will keep the rain off while you are grilling and eating outside.

Set up your outdoor room so it has shade on hot afternoons, and add a mister to keep things cool. For winter, outdoor heaters or a fireplace allow you to enjoy the space even when the snow lies hushed all around.

Furniture and Lighting Enhance Your Outdoor Living Space

After all, what is the use of having outdoor rooms if there is nothing to sit on? Lounge chairs or chaises are popular choices when designing an outdoor living space. You can choose outdoor-friendly sofas or sectionals, with throw pillows and rugs to add to the look.

Landscape lighting such as wall sconces, path lights, bollards, in-ground lighting, chandelier lighting, and string lights, can really enhance the beauty and comfort of your space. You can create any look you want while illuminating the area for you and your guests. Ensure your lighting is adequate in the main gathering areas of your landscape, keeping other areas dark for dimension.

The Best Outdoor Living Designs Include a Kitchen

These days, outdoor dining is more than firing up the grill. You can have a full-scale outdoor kitchen where you can prepare meals for your family and guests. You can add a bar to your outdoor living space. Some have even opted for a stone pizza oven for an even more unique feature.

These days, outdoor living spaces are so much more than just a patio with a grill. The possibilities are endless.

What Features Do You Want In Your Landscaping Design?

This space must meet the needs of you and your family, so take some time to think about what you want. Do you want an outdoor cooking area? A patio with a table that can seat your extended family? A patio with a bar for entertaining? A gazebo with a view? A quiet, peaceful retreat for reading and meditating?

Start with this idea as the basis of your outdoor living design. After all, you certainly do not want to reach the end of the design process only to find out that the aspect you want most will not fit the design!

Creating an outdoor space can be a complex endeavor, so it is a good idea to have a professional landscaping design team guide you through the process.

Whether you are looking to add a natural stone patio, build a deck, or need a stone pizza oven to create your outdoor living spaces, Meadowlark Landscape & Design provideshardscaping near you!Contact our team to learn more about what we can do for your lawn, garden, and landscape.

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