For people who like entertaining guests and spending time outside, outdoor living space is the best. While some homeowners hire contractors to create their outdoor space, many homeowners make their space as a DIY project. These seven suggestions will help you create a functional, enjoyable outdoor space where you can spend time with your family.
Set Up A Pergola
A pergola is a large wooden structure that can be used to provide support to vines like grape vines, morning glories and wisteria. Set up a pergola in your yard to improve shade and provide shelter. Pergolas without vining plants still provide some shade to make spending time in your outdoor space more enjoyable. Some homeowners choose to set up the pergola and drape it with breathable scarves in place of plants.
Create Walls of Cypress Trees
Most varieties of cypress trees are tall, narrow and when planted in a row, they make wonderful walls. Planting cypress trees around a square perimeter can create a natural room where you can spend quiet time with friends or relaxing alone. Of course, your "room" will have no ceiling and therefore will offer limited shade unless you provide it. To give yourself extra shade on hot Mount Vernon days, set up a covered area like a small wooden shelter in one corner.
Use Lattice Work and Vining Plants
Lattice work is inexpensive and easy to work with, so it's a good building material for landscaping an outdoor space. Use lattice work to form the walls or ceiling (or both) of an outdoor area. Drape overhead lattice work with colorful scarves to provide extra shade, or grow lush vines over the lattice to create a denser, more natural sense of seclusion.
Use Furniture To Create A "Zone"
To create outdoor living spaces without ever setting up any walls, simply arrange patio furniture to create an enclosed zone. To reinforce the dimensions of the makeshift living space, arrange large potted plants around the perimeter.
Regardless of the way in which you construct your outdoor living space, privacy is important for your comfort. Privacy can also help you feel more relaxed and peaceful in your outdoor living area. Plants are one way create a sense of privacy, but there are other ways that you can make your outdoor area more secluded from your neighbors.
- Screens help block the view from the street or neighboring yards.
- Large pieces of furniture can be used to create barriers.
- Structures draped with colorful cloth can make the area cozy and private.
In addition to privacy, the other distinguishing characteristic of outdoor living space is functionality. Often, outdoor living spaces have a specific purpose, like cooking or dining. A grilling area, table and chairs and a fire pit are common additions to outdoor living areas.
To ensure that the space is safe for outdoor cooking, use paving stones to keep the ground even. Make the space wide enough that the grill can sit far back from the table and chairs, and if the grill uses charcoal for cooking, keep the area where the grill is located uncovered. This ensures proper ventilation for the smoke and can prevent the cover from catching fire.
Know When To Hire A Professional
Homeowners who want a more sophisticated outdoor space, like a full outdoor kitchen or bar, would do well to hire a contractor. Installation of electricity or a gas line must be done to code in order to ensure that your home is safe and can be sold when the time comes. Contact reputable contractors in your area to ensure that the project is done right.