When summer comes to an end, do you wish you spent more time outdoors? One way to ensure you go outside during the nice weather is by transforming your backyard into an outdoor room that provides the protection and comfort you want when relaxing outdoors.
Before calling a contractor, consider how you’ll use the space. Then factor in your budget and the amount space you have. These parameters will dictate your design for the new outdoor space.
Check out these three backyard ideas to get you thinking.
1. Make an Outdoor Family Room
If your purpose is to entertain, you have a limited budget, and a good amount of space, consider adding an outdoor living room on your existing deck or patio. Because it’s outdoors, the space will be more casual than your indoor living room and will have less clutter. So, make it a convenient and inviting place to relax or spend time with family and friends.
Choose the best location closest to the kitchen so you and your guests can easily make trips to the kitchen and bathroom. Add a couch, comfortable chairs, and some side tables for food and drinks. And don’t forget the fireplace – it will enable you to use the space when the weather starts to cool.
To make the outdoor space seem like a continuation of your inside living space, keep the same theme from inside your house. If your house is modern, continue the modern look. Bring the same color scheme to your outdoor living room. It will flow better and appear as an extension of your home.
2. Create an Outdoor Game Room
Is your purpose to have some fun outside? If you have a limited budget and some room, consider dedicating your patio, deck, or yard to games and watching sports. Purchase some life-sized games like Jenga, Chess, or checkers or add a couple of weatherproof game tables like table tennis or pool. These games will get you outside and active!
You can also buy a large TV to put among the games. Add a few chairs and couches and watch your favorite sports while the weather’s good! Consider installing a fire feature and you can be outside in the cooler temperatures.
3. Install an Outdoor Kitchen
If you have a sizable budget and a significant amount of room, an outdoor kitchen is a great place to bring the comfort and functionality of an indoor kitchen outdoors. Just as it does inside your home, the outdoor kitchen will be the hub of your home and follows the increase in outdoor living trend now prevalent across the U.S.
You can install a basic bar, include water supply, add a mini refrigerator, and a grill to an existing deck or patio. Or you can go all out and install stone countertops, built-in grill or smoker, a full-sized refrigerator, and even a small TV.
Keep in mind your outdoor kitchen won’t add a lot of value to your home. So, before investing in this project, make sure it’s worth it in terms of how much you’ll enjoy and use it. If you love to entertain outdoors, this may be the enhancement that is well worth it.
Interested in any of these ideas? Or did they get you thinking about other ways to transform your backyard into an outdoor room? First think about how you’ll use the space, the amount you want to spend, and how much space you have. Then call an expert to help you start designing!