In the April/May/June issue of The Guide
you’ll discover an outdoor living article featuring some of the region’s best new construction outdoor living spaces demonstrated at Builder’s model homes (read it online
here!). Talk to your builder about the outdoor options available when you’re shopping for a new home. After you close, follow these great tips from Better Homes & Gardens
to achieve the perfect space that extends your lifestyle from the indoors out!
1. Establish traffic patterns.
This can be achieved affordably and with minimal effort. Visit your local home improvement store to consider the options, whether it be laying pavers, shifting exiting hardshape material or delineating paths with shrubbery or trees.
2. Add a fire source.
Fire’s a great natural gathering place to enjoy a cool fall night. Ask your builder about outdoor fireplace options (maybe one that includes a grill top extension?) or look around for a smaller and more affordable firepit or chimenea. Just be sure to scan your Home Owner’s Association documents prior to purchasing a firepit, etc. to make sure there aren’t any restrictions.
3. Provide a Variety of Seating Choices.
A diverse selection of seating options like benches, big chairs, little chairs & stools offer flexibility and allows for easy rearrangement to accommodate for gatherings of various sizes.
4. Establish a focal point.
While a built-in fire place would be perfect in achieving this goal, it can be easily accomplished by relying on the outdoor scenery too! Do you have a landscaped pond or marshview out of your backyard? Arrange furniture so that it is oriented towards your view and it can be properly appreciated.
5. Boost Visual Appeal. Consider adding some small accent pieces, like a sculpture, decorative plant stand or water feature to add an interesting dimension. These can be pieces you find anywhere, such as yard sales or salvage shops, they don’t have to come from an outdoor store.
6. Use Containers for Color. Include an array of various size, shape, texture & colors of pots. These pots can also be used in corners and on edges to establish borders. This is also a great way to feature a rotation of colorful seasonal plants.
7. Make Furniture Work Twice as Hard. Most outdoor living areas have limited space so maximize what you do have! Find benches that offer storage or tables that have built in storage.
8. Update Affordably. One good aspect of outdoor décor (think throw pillows & umbrellas) is that they are relatively inexpensive. Follow your whim and pick your favorite polka dots to decorate with one year, and switch to stripes then next. This will keep your outdoor space fresh & reinvigorated, not to mention it will be fun!
9. Connect to the Indoors. Thankfully this is an element than many new home builders prioritize when designing their floorplans & outdoor living areas! Look for an outdoor living area that is easy accessible from indoor rooms and part of a natural traffic pattern. For instance, it makes sense for dining/living area to open up to an outdoor patio with an additional table and seating. You can also find private outdoor areas that offer a personal oasis & refuge off of a master bedroom or study.
Want to pick up a copy of the The Guide to check out the Outdoor Living feature firsthand? Visit any of these local pick-up locations around the Charleston area.
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