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.
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.
A patio is a perfect choice for an outdoor living area too. It is also called a terrace as a patio is also defined as an area without any side structure but with a roof covering. Sometimes a trellis over a patio is desirable especially when the patio is located in the garden. There is no need to spend tons of money on a patio. You can basically clear an area in the yard, buy some outdoor furniture and a patio umbrella, add some potted plants and fire pit in the arrangement and you have a cozy-warm-affordable outdoor living area. If the “patio” needs paving, make a DIY project out of it.
A Gazebo is mostly located in a garden and affords a view of the whole area. It is designed in a variety of styles and shapes. Its basic design includes pillars for the support and mostly decorated with lattice work in between pillars. The structure is open-sided and the floor plan is mostly round or octagonal. Installing a gazebo in the yard is a wonderful option for an outdoor living area.
If you have an existing porch or deck, you might want to consider an all-season outdoor living area. An idea for this option is a sun room or a screened-in porch. There are lots of floor plans for screened-in porch that you can source online. Most kits are regular projects for self-confessed DIY. Again, if you are handy with tools, you and a buddy can easily build a sun room or screened porch during weekends.
Whatever outdoor living area you opt for, consider fitting them with an outdoor fireplace or fire pit for comfort and ambiance.