Tips ’n’ tricks for turn­ing your out­door space into a par­adise

Richmond Hill Post - - Homes -

There is some­thing uniquely Canadian about our ob­ses­sion with decks and pa­tios and backyards. As soon as the mer­cury pops into dou­ble dig­its we exit our sweater­rid­dled coc­coons and em­brace the out­doors like ev­ery day could be the last time we see the sun.

As a re­sult, most de­sign de­ci­sions this time of year re­volve around let­ting the light shine in, or max­i­miz­ing our out­door living space. Ex­tend­ing the living space of the house into the yard makes it feel that much larger, and now your living space is sur­rounded by na­ture.

Think of ex­pand­ing your house into the out­doors as cre­at­ing a mir­ror im­age of your in­door living space just out­side your pa­tio doors.

Start with a dining space that is right off the kitchen. This is where the out­door kitchen is usu­ally lo­cated and keep­ing it the clos­est to the house al­lows you to move food from the fridge and set the ta­ble out­side with rel­a­tive ease.

The op­tions for out­door fur­ni­ture have be­come as vast as the op­tions for in­door fur­ni­ture: ev­ery­thing from tra­di­tional to mod­ern is on the mar­ket.

Read­ily availaable wo­ven plas­tics are made to look like wicker and rat­tan, and can sur­vive the weather.

Cedar and teak are also a great choice for some­thing more con­tem­po­rary look­ing; how­ever, th­ese woods will need to be oiled at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son.

It’s hard to com­pete with the nat­u­ral beauty of wood; how­ever, if you are not so in­ter­ested in the ad­di­tional labour, resin prod­ucts in com­bi­na­tion with steel can cre­ate a very mod­ern look. If you have no other out­door fur­ni­ture, a dining ta­ble and chairs is a must.

Next is what I like to call the party area of the yard. This area is ei­ther on the deck around the pool or in the mid­sec­tion of the yard. This is where you gather with friends to chat, lis­ten to mu­sic and soak up the sun.

Think of it like the fam­ily room. Cre­ate a con­ver­sa­tion cir­cle with a sofa loveseat and a cou­ple of chairs that sur­round a cof­fee ta­ble or a sec­tional sofa and chairs.

If you want to be a lit­tle funkier you can get long bench-type so­fas that snake over an ex­panse of the deck or pa­tio to cre­ate smaller con­ver­sa­tion ar­eas. This is ideal if you re­ally like to have big backyard par­ties. Re­mem­ber to se­lect out­door fab­rics for the cush­ions on the chairs and seat­ing ar­eas.

Cre­ate your own cush­ion cov­ers, so you can change the look of the yard year af­ter year. Just be­yond the party zone, have a cou­ple of chaises and think of this more as the den: a book and some sun­shine for two peo­ple.

Hav­ing a method for con­trol­ling the sun in the yard is an im­por­tant way to avoid too many trips to the der­ma­tol­o­gist! There are a bunch of so­lu­tions, from an awning or um­brella to a re­tractable roof struc­ture that sur­rounds your out­door room. The re­tractable qual­ity is im­por­tant. The starry night shouldn’t be missed and some sun is won­der­ful.

Think of the fenc­ing around the yard as you would walls in the rooms and ac­ces­sorize in the same way that you would in the house.

Mir­rors are great for the ur­ban­sized yard size, but wa­ter fea­tures and larger sculp­tures are pref­er­e­able for size­able spa­ces.

There are out­door ta­ble and floor lamps, speak­ers, wood-look side ta­bles, etc.

The most im­por­tant thing is to en­joy not only the peo­ple that you are en­ter­tain­ing, but also to en­joy the beauty that na­ture pro­vides. GLEN PELOSO

Stylish out­door fur­nish­ings al­low for more en­ter­tain­ing and living op­tions

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