Most people put endless hours into improving the look and feel of their homes. But it’s not always bad to spend some time outdoors, either. It’s hard to turn down a pleasant day outside when the weather is great. But just because you’re spending time outdoors doesn’t mean you have to give up all of your comforts. With only a few simple changes, you can make your outdoor living space more welcoming and pleasant during the holidays.
Creating an outdoor living space on your porch, patio, backyard, or elsewhere may be a fun and fulfilling project that gives you more space. You may enjoy the outdoors more often during the holidays with the proper equipment. You can even hold social gatherings for your neighbors, family, and friends in the open air.
Here are ways to create a holiday filled outdoor space
Create an outdoor cooking space
Do you have gatherings in your backyard often? It’s messy and inconvenient to constantly go back and forth between the patio and the kitchen. Putting in an outdoor kitchen will allow you to host much larger and more elaborate gatherings. Most people choose to cover the outdoor kitchens to extend the time they can spend cooking in their outdoor living space.
An outdoor kitchen can be as simple or elaborate as the homeowner desires, taking into account factors such as personal preferences, space, and budget. You might want to think about installing storage, a sink, a grill, a mini-bar, food preparation areas, and a mini or full-sized fridge.
Set up a pergola
You can include a pergola to define your outdoor living space. The overhead covering will make your eating space cozier and provide much-needed shade on hot, sunny days. You may keep using the area even when the sun goes down if you hang some lights from the pergola for a polished look.
Install a mister system
Installing a few misters in your backyard will greatly improve the comfort level of viewing early-season football games outdoors. A mister that helps keep you cool when the sun is still shining. You can also attach some misters to umbrellas, increasing their versatility and efficiency. This allows you to enjoy the shade while keeping cool during the holidays.
Construct outdoor fire pits
Don’t be discouraged by the weather and stay inside when you could be enjoying your outdoor living space. Think of it as an extension of your house; you’ll want to be comfortable there in all seasons. In order to stay warm throughout the cooler months, built-in heaters, a fire pit, or an outdoor fireplace are necessities. And on a cool evening, nothing beats gathering with loved ones around the fire.
Many states have severe regulations on wood fires, making gas fire pits a viable alternative. They give you a new place to gather on cold nights during the holidays, with modern options that go with your backyard landscaping.
Install electronic entertainment options
A good game can be even better with the right entertainment system. Outdoor TVs can withstand the elements so that you can enjoy your favorite show or sporting event regardless of the weather. High-quality audio should also be a priority when creating a media experience. It’s a good idea to install speakers for surround sound in your outdoor living space because it’s typically noisier than your interior.
Consider partitioning your space
While an outdoor living space is not required to have solid walls like an indoor one, it might be helpful to have dividers or other barriers in place. Separating your outdoor living space into distinct areas, such as one for children to play in and another for pets, can make it more manageable for smaller parties to congregate. Provide some seclusion by erecting walls, planting hedges, or setting dividers.
Putting a roof over your outdoor living space is another option to think about. Having a roof over your head has many benefits, including the ability to install a ceiling fan and protection from the elements.
Improve the look of your yard.
It’s important to provide a fun outdoor area for children, pets, and extended family members, as our backyards have replaced playgrounds. A lush grassy area for outdoor recreation is one way to improve your outdoor living space. Artificial turf provides the luscious green lawns that so many yearn for without the soaring water costs associated with keeping genuine grass.
If you’re a golf fanatic, a putting green is a great addition to your home for endless hours of practice during the holidays. Bocce ball, ringer, and corn hole are just a few fun lawn games for the kids and guests.
Get the outdoor living space of your dreams
Ultimately, it makes sense to treat outdoor design in much the same way as any indoor room. When thinking of ideas for your outdoor living space, you should try to strike a balance between the two. Both components need to be in sync for your project to feel whole.
Your outdoor area may be an afterthought, but with the help of Southern Poolscapes, you can make it the star of the show. Allow Southern Poolscapes to help you design and build the backyard oasis of your dreams.