De­sign a dream out­door en­ter­tain­ing space

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - LIVING -

Upon the ar­rival of warm weather, many in­di­vid­u­als pre­fer to spend their free time out­side, rel­ish­ing the fresh air and sun­shine and evenings spent un­der the stars.

But cracked pa­tios and makeshift chairs and ta­bles may not es­tab­lish the de­sired am­biance. An out­door en­ter­tain­ing area that of­fers the same ameni­ties found in­side a home can make out­door re­treats both com­fort­able and func­tional. Cre­ative plan­ning can help home­own­ers de­sign dream ar­eas per­fect for host­ing friends or fam­ily.

Es­tab­lish goals

As with any project, the first step when co­or­di­nat­ing out­door liv­ing ar­eas is to de­ter­mine what you hope to achieve with the space. Will it be a lo­ca­tion for loung­ing? Will peo­ple be cook­ing meals out­side? Is the pool the cen­tral fo­cus of the yard? An­swer­ing these ques­tions and more can help home­own­ers de­cide how to de­sign their en­ter­tain­ing spa­ces. Re­mem­ber, how­ever, that goals may evolve as land­scape de­sign­ers and even ar­chi­tects make their own sug­ges­tions for the space or present limitations.

Eval­u­ate the space

Look at the lot and de­cide what will go where, such as where to place the party space, where to cre­ate a quiet hide­away and where to lo­cate a pool­house or out­door shower.

A large, flat yard can be di­vided into a se­ries of pa­tios that serve dif­fer­ent pur­poses. Yards that are built on a hill or a slope can still be uti­lized with cre­ative de­sign el­e­ments, such as multi-tiered deck­ing. By work­ing with qual­i­fied de­sign­ers, home­own­ers can bring their ideas to life.

Easy food and drink ac­cess

Traips­ing in and out of the house for re­fresh­ments can be­come tire­some when en­ter­tain­ing out­side. In such sit­u­a­tions, peo­ple also can track dirt in­side of the home or leave a trail of pool wa­ter in their wake. Out­door kitchens al­low easy ac­cess to food and drink that makes out­door en­ter­tain­ing much eas­ier. The ex­perts at Angie’s List sug­gest out­door kitchens be built close to the house to make it eas­ier to run elec­tric­ity and plumb­ing to the out­door kitchen.

Out­door kitchens should in­clude a sink, small re­frig­er­a­tor, built-in grill, and bar area.

Crea­ture com­forts

Home­own­ers should think about the things that make the in­side of their homes so com­fort­able and then repli­cate that out­side. So­fas and loveseats cov­ered in fab­ric suited for out­doors and plenty of pil­lows can make for great loung­ing.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.