The sounds of summer are starting to be heard. Flip flops flapping down the sidewalks, motorcycles roaring around town, and sneezing fits due to this wonderful allergy season. While some people flock to the local restaurant patio to enjoy this wonderful weather, more and more homeowners are discovering that some of the best times are spent at home, on patios of their own. One of the most popular features in new or renovated homes that we work on is the "Outdoor Living Space". In the Wet Coast of Canada, we experience our fair share of rain, but are fortunately spared the cold and snow that is saved for our friends East of us. As long as there is a roof over our heads, we can stay outside almost all year long! Talking to some of our clients who have had these Outdoor Living Spaces built, they spend most evenings between April and November out on the patio, enjoying the summer heat, or even the sound of the rain, from their heated, covered patio.
What are some features to consider when designing your Outdoor Space?
1. Audio (and even video)
Todays audio systems can be powered from a small amplifier, hidden in a closet somewhere in the house, using your Wifi network and phone to control the entertainment.
2. Fireplaces and Heaters
The easiest way to extend patio season to 6 months, or more, is to provide a source of heat. From electric to gas, or even fireplaces, any heat source will be a very valuable addition.
3. Outdoor Kitchen
Now that you're spending all this time outside, you might as well cook your food outside too! From built-in barbeques to cooktops, ovens, stoves and fridges, there are seemingly endless options to configure your outdoor kitchen with!
When planning out your outdoor space, spend time thinking about how many people are usually outside with you, how best to configure the space, and how the seating should be arranged. We've seen everything from wooden built-in benches to custom wicker patio furniture. Each space is unique, so be sure to spend time how you expect this space to function.
Thinking of having your dream Outdoor Space Built? There have never been more options available for you!