I searched the internet to find the perfect definition of an outdoor living space, and to my surprise I came up short, even Wikipedia left me hanging. In my opinion, creating an inviting outdoor living space is similar to that of changing your house into a home. They both require an investment of time and materials. They both require the owner to personalize the space. Some of the adverbs I’d utilize to describe this place would be, comfortable, welcoming, functional, interesting,… etc. Establishing such takes ability, creativity, experience, and a personal investment in the effort (a.k.a “time and money”). This definition includes both you and the people doing the work.
Outdoor living can consist of both structural and natural elements. The tactful combination of these elements determines the overall success of the project. Structural elements that come to mind include but are not limited to a pergola, deck, outdoor furniture, grill, patio, fire pit, hearth, etc. Natural elements would be plantings, lighting, contours, fragrance, water, stone, sound, etc. The outdoor living space is not to be confused with an outdoor kitchen. An outdoor kitchen is simply structural elements in combination with the needed appliances to cook outdoors. Therefore the outdoor living space may include an outdoor kitchen but is not limited to having one. A growing trend in residential landscaping is that of placing more emphasis into the outdoor living space. This is perhaps one of the most cost effective home improvements.
Improving your home is always a good investment. In the current economic environment, people are staying home. Adding to your home’s value is smart, it positions you well if ever decide to sell your home as it makes your home more marketable. At the same time, it improves your way of life and adds to your overall health and well being by placing you in direct contact with the outdoors.