In our experience, an outdoor entertainment space can prove to be a valuable extension of your home. It can broaden the home’s existing living space and give homeowners more entertainment options for their guests. Outdoor entertainment spaces also keep traffic away from private areas of the home, such as the office and the bedrooms. This is just a few of the reasons that many house hunters consider a finished patio and a well-maintained backyard as highly desired features.
With that said, sprucing up your outdoor living area might be worth the investment. Here are a few tips on renovating an outdoor entertainment space.
Make a list of must-haves for your outdoor entertainment space before you get to work. You may consult with a professional to see how you and your family can make use of your available space, given your household’s lifestyle and your budget. If you enjoy cooking outdoors, you may want an outdoor kitchen. Perhaps a built-in BBQ and bar area would benefit you. Know what you want to do with your outdoor space, as this would help your architect or designer visualise an effective design with your needs in mind.
Plan Your Lighting
Lighting is important in an outdoor entertainment space, particularly for evening entertainment. Discuss with your architect what kind of lighting you could use, what features of your space to feature with these lights, and how energy-efficient your lighting options are. Give special attention to areas for lounging, dining, and your pool, if you have one.
Get it Covered
See your options for shading your outdoor living space. You might opt for roofing for your porch, an awning, or plants. Consult with a professional about building shade or using landscaping to provide natural protection against harsh light.
More than bells and whistles such as water features or hot tubs, consider the space required for seating, as seating is a requirement for any entertainment area. Be sure your materials are durable and weather-resistant, and that they will not damage your deck’s flooring. Place the seating areas to encourage conversation. You may also leverage your landscaping by using planters than can double as extra seating.
Opt for Good Finishes
As with any other room in your home, your outdoor entertainment space will look more sophisticated with high-quality finishes and good accessories. Whether you are showcasing your patio flooring or an outdoor rug under well-placed lights, do not be afraid of splurging on just a few luxurious materials that you know will augment the look of your space.
Planning on renovating your outdoor living space? Contact us today.