Designing an outdoor living space
Designing an outdoor living space is similar to designing indoor spaces. The key to designing a great outdoor living space is to understand its purpose, and design it accordingly. Is your space going to be public or private? Meaning, will you be sharing it with family, friends and neighbors or will you be keeping the space an intimate, private outdoor “room”? If designed for outdoor gatherings, will your plans include serving food and/or beverages? If so, we offer some tips particular to designing outdoor kitchens in this blog post. For public spaces, you’ll want to build in some “elbow room,” people like to stretch out in the outdoors. A private space is designed for relaxation and rejuvenation and is usually smaller, so keep your scale in mind when designing your outdoor living space. A well-designed outdoor living space can add a great deal of enjoyment to your home.
Important considerations in designing an outdoor living space
When designing an outdoor living space, it’s important to keep several things in mind: your home’s architectural style, traffic flow, space requirements, comfort, and the effect the natural elements, such as prevailing winds and sun orientation, will have on your space.
While most of the homes in Southwest Florida are built using CBS construction (stucco over concrete block), that doesn’t mean they are all alike! Architectural details combine to create a specific style, and you’ll want your outdoor living space to complement that style. You may choose the warm terra cotta colors of a Mediterranean, or the crisp contrast of light walls and dark wood accents that are the hallmarks of West Indies style. Whatever your style, we have the materials at HL Posey Builders to complement it.
You can create traffic patterns with furniture, built-ins like retaining walls or seating areas, or even with your selection of plantings. A pergola could designate a shady resting spot. A fire feature invites gathering for conversation or quiet reflection. You can “move” people around your outdoor living room with the judicious use of focal points.
A good rule of thumb is to allow a three-foot clearance around furniture. So a 48” round patio table with four chairs requiring two-feet each would need a dining area of at least 16-by-16-feet. Our planning professionals can help you avoid potential pitfalls, like overcrowding.
Designing an outdoor living space with our professionals
That’s just a sampling of the things to consider when designing your outdoor living space — and that’s the fun stuff! There will also be city and county zoning laws and building regulations to adhere to. From Marco Island to Sarasota, the experienced outdoor living room designers at HL Posey Builders can help you keep track of all these important factors, to create a space that is not only functional, meeting your every need, but also beautiful, fulfilling all your dreams.
Call us today at 239-229-8273 and together we can begin designing an outdoor living space that’s just right for you!