One of our favorite ways to improve a home's overall livability is to improve its outdoor living space. Particularly here in the Chicagoland area, it can be hard to find time to spend time outside during the autumn, winter, and spring.
Developing your outdoor living space makes the most of your time outside or extends the time you can spend enjoying the outdoors (in the case of a 3-season or 4-season room). This article explores the best way to improve your home’s outdoor living space.
When you improve your outdoor living spaces, you are improving the entirety of your home, giving you and your family a place to spend time that is unique to your home.
Outdoor living space also gives you a place to enjoy the outdoors. When you don’t have a space you love, you have to go to a park or other public space to enjoy the outdoors. When you have an outdoor space you love, a great place to relax outside is just a few steps away.
Other advantages of outdoor living spaces include:
Sunrooms are meant to be " indoor spaces," however, we think these rooms are actually wonderful and unique hybrid spaces, offering many of the benefits of outdoor space with all the comfort of the indoors.
Sunrooms are generally surrounded by glass and screened openings, essentially acting as an “indoor porch.” These rooms allow you to fully enjoy the outdoors without bearing the brunt of the elements (a distinct advantage here in the Chicagoland area). There are two different primary types of sunrooms, both with unique advantages:
Sunrooms of both types have many advantages, including:
Decks are a great option for homeowners looking for a truly outdoor space that lets you fully experience the outdoors. Decks allow you to experience the weather, for better or worse. Many homeowners love having a barbecue grill and outdoor furniture for summer outdoor dining. You can also furnish with other outdoor furniture to enjoy during the summer months.
With a deck, you can also utilize the exact sort of material you’d like to use, including natural and synthetic wood. One thing to remember with decks is that they do require varying levels of maintenance depending on the material you choose to use.
Sometimes integrated into a deck’s design or as a standalone space in your backyard, outdoor kitchens are a great way to have an additional kitchen and enjoy your outdoor space.
Some popular outdoor kitchen features include:
Some benefits of outdoor kitchens include:
Remember — when you build an outdoor space, it should be an extension of your home. This means that making sure the entrance from the interior of your home out to a deck or outdoor kitchen should be a seamless transition.
Some ways you can make a beautiful transition to the outdoor space include:
Read the article "10 Design Ideas for Seamlessly Connecting Your Home's Indoor and Outdoor Spaces" and discover how you can successfully integrate your entrances to the outdoors.
So, step outside and breathe in the fresh possibilities! With careful planning and creativity, your outdoor living space can become an extension of your home, a haven for relaxation, and a vibrant stage for memorable moments. Remember, the best outdoor spaces are those that reflect your personality and lifestyle. So, take inspiration from this post, let your imagination soar, and create an outdoor retreat you'll cherish for seasons to come!
Begin planning your dream outdoor living space by reading the eBook "The Ultimate Step-by-Step Home Renovation Transformation Guide."