Updated: Sep 15, 2022
It is a dream for some to have the perfect outdoor space: a place to relax and unwind, to escape the hustle and bustle of life. From large spaces to small nooks our tips are sure to get you started on that dream outdoor space without feeling lost & confused.
1. Determine the function of the space
Essentially you need to decide how you want the space to function. Sometimes people jump headfirst into building structures that they rarely use because they skipped this step. Or, they overestimate the space and crowd it with furniture. To avoid these mistakes, ask yourself some of these questions:
Will this be the main entertainment area?
Is privacy a consideration?
What times of day will it be used most?
How much shade or coverage is needed?
What activities will you do here? Cooking & dining? Relaxing? Swimming?
Will children use the space often?
Is maintenance an issue?
Answering these questions will give you key insight into what you really need in your outdoor space & save time and money.
2. Location, location, location
Where your outdoor space is located is one of the most important decisions. Your location can help you take in a breathtaking view, provide easy access from indoors to outdoors, and provide natural shade & privacy. At Outdoor Projects, we offer islandwide site visits to help you with this process. In choosing a location, you may want to consider the following:
How level is the ground?
How close is it to the house?
What size is it?
How much sunlight does the area get?
3. Decide what amenities you need
After defining your space using the guiding questions, you can then start thinking about what amenities will be necessary. These amenities include, but are not limited to:
A grill, an outdoor kitchen or a bar
A pool, a water feature or a pond
Accessories such as wall art & planters
4. Consult a professional
Consulting a professional designer or landscaper save you time, energy and even money! A designer can help you pick the right materials, the best flow between your indoor space and outdoor space, and help you find your style. Here's why you should get a professional:
They can generate ideas & plans
They have technical knowledge
They can help give you what you want within your budget & maintenance.