How to Create the Perfect Outdoor Living Space

Summertime is all about the sunshine, warm air, and outdoors. Luckily, you don’t have to travel very far to experience the joy. Creating the perfect outdoor living space is key to maximizing your home’s space. But with so many options, how do you construct the space? We’re here to give you inspiration on the must-haves for a perfect outdoor living space.

Outdoor Living Space Basics

So what are the building blocks of an outdoor living space? From a patio space to setting the mood, creating an outdoor oasis takes planning and thought. Here’s the must-haves for an outdoor space:

#1 A level space

The first step to your perfect outdoor living space is to have a level area as your foundation. This could be a concrete patio , deck, or maybe professionally placed pavers or brick. You’ll want to make sure the area is large enough for furniture, tables, grills, decorations, and anything else you may place on the area. And of course, make sure there’s room to move around. If you already have an existing concrete patio but it’s cracked or uneven, have a professional inspect it to see if it’s salvageable. A level space is the first step towards creating the perfect outdoor living space.

#2 Pick a style

Next, you’ll want to carefully consider what style you wish to use. Sticking with a consistent style will give your outdoor living space a cohesive look. Some ideas include:

  • Retro- collect vintage pieces such as metal gliders, clam shell or tulip metal seats, or old hanging lights. Patio Furniture outlines some great retro outdoor furniture basics.
  • Rustic / woodsy- If your home is located in the woods or has a log cabin feel to it, consider carrying this style to your outdoor living space. This can include log seats, adirondack chairs, and flannel patterned cushions (if you want to lean all the way in!) Black metal decor pairs perfectly with this style.
  • Modern- Many current outdoor living spaces contain new poly furniture pieces (think Lowe’s or Home Depot) with the homeowner’s personal pops of color. If you lack creativity with design, choosing this option could be beneficial. These stores often have full lines created with coordinating decor.

#3 Proper seating

The next thing you’ll want to consider is seating for you, your family, and any guests you may have. We recommend planning for more seating than just your family. Birthday parties, cookouts, and get-togethers with friends will require a lot of seating, so having that readily available will be beneficial. Consider patio furniture with durable outdoor cushions and paint made specifically for outdoor use. If you use anything made for the indoors, it won’t have a good chance of surviving the outdoor elements. If you plan to use pops of color, the cushions or furniture color is a great place to start.

#4 Tables

You’ll likely want to add some tables along with your chairs. Not only will you need a table and chairs to eat or play games at, adding side tables and a coffee table will give you and your guests a place to set items (like a drink). Consider how the area will be used. If you plan to host large parties, maybe you’ll want to have multiple sitting areas. For example, you could have a table and chairs in one spot, and a loveseat, two single chairs, a side table, and a coffee table set up in another. Add as many spaces as you require to suit your individual needs.

#5 Fire pit

Another popular item to have in an outdoor living space is a fire pit. There are many different types and styles available. For a more rustic feel, simply building a small fire pit with a few adirondack chairs around it may seal the deal. For a more modern feel, consider installing a gas fire pit. A fire pit can also be built into your concrete patio, or surrounded by pavers or bricks.

#6 Lighting

Consider setting the mood with string lighting around your outdoor living space. This is a widely popular item for homeowners due to the calm mood the lights set. Rather than having a single, blinding deck light on, string lights are dimmer and disperse the light more evenly. You might also consider tiki torches and citronella candles to not only create an ambient atmosphere, but also keep the bugs away.

#7 Outdoor kitchen

Outdoor kitchens are becoming increasingly popular. Many homeowners are installing permanent outdoor grills and stone ovens. You can also choose to install a bar and mini fridge for entertainment. Pergolas are also common with outdoor kitchens.

#8 Personal Touches

This final step is where YOU get to become a designer. Adding your own personal touches will enhance the space and pull it together. This can include potted plants, metal artwork, windchimes, yard decor, and so much more! Pull inspiration from photos on the internet and make it your own. We recommend finding coordinating pieces with complimentary colors, or even constructing your own.

Create Your Beautiful Outdoor Living Space Today

There you have it! The 8 basic building blocks to the perfect outdoor living space. With a little planning and preparation, you’ll be able to construct a beautiful, usable space for entertaining your family and friends.

Call Anchor Crete for your Outdoor Living Space Needs

Anchor Crete concrete professionals specialize in concrete patios of all varieties, which means the installation is efficient, professional, and will help your patio last longer. For concrete patio needs in Sugarcreek, Cuyahoga Falls, Akron, Canton, Massillon, and surrounding Ohio areas, contact Anchor Crete.

Whether it is a commercial parking lot, personal driveway, or a decorative patio, we are committed to providing you with quality workmanship at an affordable price. Quality materials and attention to detail are a way of life at Anchor Crete – no shortcuts!

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June 12, 2024