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Creating and Customizing Your Outdoor Living Space

BY: Bob Myers

While we like the convenience of a deck or patio only a few feet from our house, there is a growing trend of creating outdoor living spaces further away in a secluded part of the backyard. Carving out an area protected by trees or a fence, tucked away from your indoor living space can give you a “back to nature” feeling and seclusion from your day to day activities. This outdoor living space can be as simple as adding some colorful and comfortable furniture for relaxing, to building an enclosed structure or creating an elaborate water garden.

If you have the time and some basic carpentry skills, building a small structure like a pergola or a tiny house could be the perfect focal point for your private oasis. Try incorporating these outdoor living trends to spice up your backyard getaway:

Glass Paneled Garage Doors

A popular-sized, 8’ x 12’ three-sided structure with an overhead glass panel garage door from Haas Door Company, on the front side, gives you enough space to put a small table and four chairs, as well as some built-in cabinets for storage.

Wood Siding

By using LP Smartside engineered wood siding, you can create a rustic-cabin look with 4’x8’ panels and batten strips, pre-finished in one of 30 Diamond Kote paint or stain finishes. The Diamond Kote finish offers a 30-year fade-resistant warranty, and LP guarantees the siding for 50 years.

Metal Roof

Top it off with a metal roof from Central States Manufacturing, or an asphalt shingle roof from GAF, and you have a private retreat only yards away from your house.

Always remember, before you start any building project, check with your local officials to see if a permit is required, or if there are any property requirements.

Once you have the structure of your outdoor living space created, you will want to make it your own. Here are some ideas to get you started on personalizing your outdoor living space:

  1. Add unique props like old metal signs or artifacts to create a theme
  2. Paint a metal or wooden table & chairs in your favorite bright colors
  3. Add or build a trellis to hang your favorite plants or flowers
  4. Add a fire pit or radiant heater to extend the outdoor living season
  5. Add low-voltage LED lighting for night time use

With summer on its way, don’t delay and get started on your outdoor oasis. Stop by Elevations Design Solutions or schedule an appointment and we’ll help you with product selection and design.