Ways to Extend Your Living Space

a patioWhen the weather starts to get warmer, our thoughts turn to spending more time outside to bask in the sun. Putting up an umbrella on your lawn and removing it when cold weather comes just does not do it for some home-owners who wish to have an outdoor space that is well-designed and functional.

One option that lets you enjoy the outdoors during warmer days and protects your home during the colder months is to invest in a patio enclosure, which blocks moisture and limits exposure to the elements.

Placing a patio where you need it to be

A patio is commonly placed adjacent to the house for easy access, but you have the option to place it away from the house if you want a greater level of privacy for the space.

Creative a cohesive design

Before you start to actually design your outdoor area, consider the architectural style of your home and how you can extend that style to your yard. Stick to the dominant colour scheme of your indoor space and integrate that into the design of the exterior space.

It is important to stay consistent with the architectural design and colour scheme to be able to create a cohesive area outside. Do not worry because you can always find materials to match your interiors if you stick to using the same colour palette. You can also add plants as accessories to the area.

Layout and lighting

Just like indoor spaces, outdoor rooms have basic elements such as floors, ceilings, and walls. You need to refer to the layout of your outdoor space in planning the transition between the indoor and outdoor areas. Take note of any slopes and steep hills when measuring the outdoor space so you have a clear picture of its size and dimension.

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When it comes to planning the lighting of your exterior living space, the goal is to create an ambience that encourages your family and friends to relax. For this purpose, you can use subtle down lighting. Attach lights to the trees outside and position them downward to achieve that moonlight effect.

Design an outdoor kitchen

An outdoor kitchen will allow you to bring the fun of cooking and grilling outside the home, and it will impress guests when you’re entertaining. What is great about bringing a kitchen outside is that you can be as creative as you want with the overall aesthetic of your cooking area. You can opt for a rustic look using wood and brick or a modern aesthetic using sleek stainless steel.

If you are looking to entertain guests and utilise the outdoor kitchen in warm weather, a fully equipped kitchen will be ideal for you.

These are just some possibilities that open when you install a patio in what otherwise may have been an unused space.