Designing your dream outdoor living space can be a great way to extend your home and create an inviting space to entertain and relax. Whether you’re looking to add an outdoor kitchen, pool, or simply update your patio, there are many ways to transform your outdoor space into a beautiful and functional area that reflects your style and personality.
Outdoor Patio Ideas
Creating an outdoor patio is an excellent way to extend your living space and enjoy the outdoors. There are many ways to create a beautiful and functional outdoor patio that fits your style and budget.
In Living Colour: Builder: Working with Wood Custom Homes Ltd., with Designer: Sarah Gallop Design Inc. 2023 HAVAN Awards Finalist.
Covered patios are a great way to naturally extend your outdoor space, year round. When planning your next renovation, be sure to talk to your builder or designer about opportunities to incorporate outdoor living spaces to your home’s structure.
An outdoor fireplace is an excellent way to add warmth and ambiance to your outdoor living space. Not only will it create a cozy atmosphere, but it can also serve as a focal point for your outdoor entertaining area.
Natural Expression: Builder: My House Design/Build Team, with Designer: Emphasis Design Studio. 2023 HAVAN Award Finalist: BEST OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE: NEW OR RENOVATED HOME
There are many different types of outdoor fireplaces to choose from, including wood-burning, gas, or electric options. If you’re looking for a more traditional look, a wood-burning fireplace may be the way to go. For a more modern look, consider a gas or electric fireplace, which will require less maintenance and provide instant heat. Your local builder will be able to help consult regarding local bylaws pertaining to energy sources.
Outdoor Kitchen and Bar
Adding an outdoor kitchen and bar to your outdoor living space is an excellent way to take your entertaining to the next level.
Outside In: Builder: Novak Contracting & Construction. HAVAN Awards 2021 Finalist BEST OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE: NEW OR RENOVATED HOME
Whether you’re hosting a summer barbecue or a cocktail party, having a functional outdoor kitchen and bar will make entertaining a breeze. When designing your outdoor kitchen, consider the appliances you’ll need, such as a grill, sink, refrigerator, and storage. Additionally, adding an outdoor bar will create a fun and inviting area for your guests to gather and enjoy a drink. Again, be sure to connect early in the design stage to see what is possible structurally within the design of the home, and to ensure proper electrical, gas, and other utilities are included in the planning stage for your outdoor living kitchen area.
Outdoor Pool and Yoga Space
A pool can be a great addition to any outdoor living space, providing a place to cool off during the hot summer months.
Hatha House, CCI Renovations with The Great Canadian Landscaping Company Ltd. featuring backyard pool with yoga studio. 2023 HAVAN Award Finalist for Best Small Scale House (Yoga Room)
If you’re interested in creating a peaceful and relaxing space, consider adding a yoga space near the pool. This will create a serene atmosphere and allow you to practice yoga or meditation in the great outdoors.
Landscaping is an essential part of any outdoor living space, and it can help to create a cohesive look that complements your home’s style. Consider adding plants, trees, or flowers to your outdoor space to create a natural and relaxing atmosphere.
Crescent Beach Residence: Builder: Marino General Contracting Ltd. HAVAN Awards Winner – BEST OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE: NEW OR RENOVATED HOME
Additionally, adding shade structures like pergolas or umbrellas can provide relief from the sun and create a comfortable seating area for your guests.
Designing your dream outdoor living space can be an exciting and rewarding project. Whether you’re looking to add an outdoor kitchen, pool, or simply update your patio, there are many ways to create a beautiful and functional outdoor living space that reflects your style and personality. It is highly recommended to include plans for your outdoor living ideas with the design of the home, to ensure utility, irrigation and other structural requirements are taken into consideration for the best outcome, and use of your budget. By incorporating some of these outdoor patio ideas, outdoor fireplace options, and landscaping ideas, you can create the perfect outdoor living space for you and your family to enjoy for years to come.
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