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What is Outdoor Living?

Posted by Teresa Batterson on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 @ 13:08 PM

Moving the indoors to the outdoors is becoming a popular trend. If you enjoy spending most of your time outside, an outdoor living space may be right for you. Today people are busy installing just about everything outdoors - complete kitchens, living areas, bars, fire pits - even electronics, like flat screen TVs. The choices are endless, and vary depending on individual interests, outdoor space available, as well as costs. There are a number of things to consider when you decide you want to build an outdoor living space. You will need a foundation, such as an existing deck or patio. If you’re building a deck from scratch, you have options such as multiple levels. Each level could be a different room. This would be ideal for someone who would like a kitchen area separate from a lounge area.

Outdoor Living

If you want to update your deck, replanking is a cost effective method. Consider using pavers for creating or updating a patio, which can be installed on your own and can create various designs due to the wide variety of colors. An additional benefit of using pavers is that they can easily be changed or moved around. You also need to make a decision about shelter. Is this space something you want to use year round? If so, you may want to consider building an extension onto your roof. An umbrella would be an appropriate temporary option. Location is another thing to keep in mind. If you plan on installing electronics and will need an outlet for this, you should consider building close to your house or building off of your house. Keep in mind how much privacy you want as well, and take the necessary measures to ensure you will feel comfortable in your space.

Outdoor Living

When accessorizing, you may want to stay away from trendy styles that you will feel yourself wanting to update in a year or two. Accessories such as throw pillows or rugs are great, because you can express your personality with bright colors, and switch it up when you get bored for a low price. Another way to accent your outdoor living space is to add lighting. In the past, lights have been used mainly for safety purposes. Now, they’re popular for their ability to highlight different aspects of your home, or line a pathway. If you’re on a budget and installing lights yourself, consider purchasing a kit that contains lights. Easy to install and easy on the wallet, yet still gives you the elegant look you desire. If hiring a contractor to install lights, focus on function first before style, as this can be quite pricey. When installing new material, it’s importation to know when to go to a professional. So throw open your doors and venture outside – endless possibilities await you!

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