There is much more to your home than just inside the walls of your home. Of course, most of your living will be done inside those walls but that doesn’t mean you have to do all of your living there. A well designed landscape should incorporate the outdoor space you have and make it an extension of your inside living area.
Picture a calm and balmy Spring or early Fall day. You have been cooped up inside your office whether at home or in another building and now it is time to breathe a little bit. Open your back patio door to your spacious patio complete with a custom outdoor kitchen which is already humming along with tonight’s scrumptious dinner. Reach into the refrigerator in your outdoor kitchen and grab your favorite flavored seltzer water (for those of us who do not drink alcohol) and mosey over to your tasteful furniture where you will sit back and relax and catch up with your spouse about the day’s events. Before dinner, head out to the grass or turf expanse you have with your children to throw the ball a bit or partake of some cornhole. After dinner as the temperature starts to drop, move on over to your custom fire pit and throw a couple logs on or push the button to ignite your gas powered burners and get the temperature back to a more comfortable level. You can talk or relax around the fire with your loved ones and gaze at your beautiful landscape plants that are being highlighted by your elegant landscape lighting. It is then that you realize that you have forgotten about all the stresses you encountered during the day. But, this is only a picture of a potential everyday for you outdoor living extension. There are many other ways to use it.
Birthdays and Holidays and Special Events and Rights of Passage Ceremonies for your children are more special when the outside is included. Sleepovers with the tent set up in the cozy backyard build memories that will be talked about for years. Summer cookouts and roasting marshmallows are everyone’s favorites. Relay races and football games and cornhole or bocce tournaments make life worth it in your versatile outdoor family rooms.
So remember, increase your usable square footage by making your outside area an extension of your living space. Inside is comfortable and safe, cozy even; but, outside is special.