Many spend a great deal of time and money in creating the perfect living space. Homeowners will build home theaters, game rooms, extravagant living rooms and “man caves”. In the meantime, often times outdoor space goes unused or underutilized. Even in Canada, where summer goes by in a minute, there are plenty of ways you can take advantage of your outdoor space. Here are some exterior living space ideas you should consider.
Decks and Patios
Building an outdoor patio or deck is the starting point for many looking to take better advantage of their outdoor space. Deck materials can vary from composites to treated lumber. Patios can be poured concrete or use stone pavers. They can be simple or elaborate. The point is, once “floor” space is created outside, homeowners will likely be inspired to add lounge chairs, a picnic table or other features.
Outdoor Barbecues and Kitchens
One of the most traditional ways to use outdoor space is as a place to cook. Cooking outdoors is a terrific social activity and can add great flavor. Homeowners can choose to wheel out a barbecue grill or they can create something more substantial. A brick or cinder block outdoor grill is one option. There are also complete outdoor kitchens that can be created. Outdoor kitchens can include coolers or refrigerators, cooking and grilling services, work areas and even sinks. If owners are a fan of using wood or charcoal, that is an option, but many contemporary outdoor kitchens have electric or gas features.
Fire pits have become a popular feature of outdoor space and create an amazing place to gather with friends and family. Fire pits serve as sort of an outdoor fireplace and are now being used as social focal points of outdoor spaces at hotels. Backyard fire pits are most often wood-burning but gas fire pits have also increased in availability. Fire pits can be used all year long and are really appreciated in the fall and spring.
Sunrooms, or what are sometimes called three-season rooms, can help homeowners take advantage of the fresh outdoor air while protecting them from the elements. These rooms generally use large windows or screens and can even be designed to mimic the appearance of a home. They essentially expand the living space of a home more affordably.
One appealing feature to consider for Canadian outdoor space may be outdoor heaters. These most often are propane powered and create heat that emanates from the top down. These free-standing gas heaters provide an amazing amount of heat and can make outdoor space more enjoyable throughout the year.
No outdoor living area is complete without appropriate lighting. Outdoor lighting has come a long way from stringing colored lights or firing up the tiki torches. Modern lighting options include variable and adjustable LED lighting and solar lighting choices. Create bright lighting for larger gatherings or to create a "mood" for smaller social groups. Lighting also has the side benefit of creating more security for your home.
Those in search of a way to expand living space, improve the quality of life and increase the value of a property should consider constructing outdoor living space for their Big White home. Outside, the sky is the limit!