Outdoor Living

The Pleasures of Outdoor Living

Happy-CocooningCreating a comfortable outdoor space, beautifying your garden area, installing a poolside outdoor kitchen or even a covered outdoor living room has become a popular way to extend the livable portion of your property.  In addition, the return on investment (ROI) is generally positive as outdoor living spaces, landscaping, decks and patios can make all the difference when you’re ready to sell your home.

When I was a child, “Outdoor Living” meant playing outside while my parents sat on the front stoop visiting with the neighbors, passing time until the street lights went on and all the kids came home. That was before every house had a backyard patio or deck and leaf blowers hadn’t been invented. The focus back then was on neighborhoods and the community outside. As an adult, the popular trend was “cocooning.”

Thankfully, that time has passed and now, we’re all about connections. The cycle is back to nature, green things and community good. Along with that, people are re-discovering their backyards, gardening and the pleasures of outdoor life.

Creating separate outdoor spaces allows you to create functional, yet unique designs for each of area. The more successful you are in physically separating one outdoor living space from another, the more flexibility you have to diversify. For example, group your outdoor living furniture into conversation areas, use living screens (plants, trees, flowers) to provide privacy and think of each section as a separate outdoor room. Continue reading

6 Outdoor Decor Ideas For Your Outdoor Living Area

01Many of us enjoy the outdoors. That is why many homes now are designed with some sort of outdoor areas like decks, patios and porches. Decorating these areas can make them more inviting and welcoming. The following are some simple ideas to help you get started on decorating your patio or porch. Below are some outdoor living decor ideas that you might want to apply for your outdoor area immediately.

If your outdoor area is a bit sunny and planting trees around it for shade may take some time, you can try putting up a shade instead. All you need is a canopy. Put it up and you get instant shade that immediately makes your area a great place to hang out.

An outdoor area will look great in the evenings if you have candles at hand. Get several votive candles in glass jam jars or purchase some inexpensive tea light holders from your home improvement stores. These candles when hung and placed around the patio will create a romantic atmosphere for you and your loved ones. It will be a great place to just relax and enjoy each other’s company.

If you have a gazebo or patio with a trellis, use it as part of your outdoor decorations. You can easily slip in strands of holiday lighting in the trellis and you will get an intimate place to sit in the evenings. The trellis also acts as a great backdrop to your outdoor holiday decorating. Yes, the outdoor area should not be forgotten when you are decorating your home for Halloween, Christmas or Thanksgiving. This will make these areas even more exciting. Continue reading

Outdoor Living is a Way of Life

When summer finally comes, outdoor living becomes a way of life for many people. Outdoor living encompasses more than just the right garden furniture, but is a way of life.

When choosing furniture for outdoor living, you can choose from a variety of materials and wood. Whether you choose teak or iron, you should look for furniture that will be durable in the climate in which you live and also offers comfort.

Outdoor living furniture no longer is restricted to stiff plastic chairs or wrought iron. You can choose from a variety of different materials used to make the furniture and cushions to put on the furniture, all of which are made durable for outdoor living. Some of the furniture that you will see looks as if it belongs inside.

In addition to garden furniture, outdoor living should encompass everything that will make you comfortable when you are outdoors. One thing that some people like to use are tents for shading. When sitting outdoors in the summer, it can get quite hot under the sun. Tents can give you shade and allow you to sit in comfort. Tents are made as shading solutions for outdoor living today. If you think of a tent as something that you see at camp, think again. Those that are used in outdoor living are made to look eye pleasing with the finest materials. They will not only add shade, but beauty to your garden. Some are lavishly designed, with large cloth curtains to seal off wind or bugs at night Continue reading

Outdoor Living Ideas

A young family is bound to “grow” in all ways. In essence it has somehow become essential to require bigger living areas for the family to hang out and do activities together. More often than not, families are faced with “space” problems. The choices are to either move to a bigger house or to do room additions.

It is definitely easier to extend living areas rather than go through the intricacies and expenses of moving to a bigger house. However, the cost of room addition is not really that affordable so more homeowners who need bigger living areas are opting for outdoor living areas for extensions. The cost of constructing an outdoor living area is way cheaper than a vertical or horizontal room addition.

Deck

A homeowner has various alternatives for an outdoor living area. A popular DIY-project for outdoor living extension is a wooden deck. What is a deck? A deck is a flat surface or floor constructed outdoors and elevated from the ground, connected to the house. If one is not handy with DIY projects, you can always hire an all-around handyman to help you with the project. The first thing that you should consider is the location of the deck. It is best to locate the deck opening from the living or dining room to make it highly accessible for outdoor entertaining. Continue reading