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Designing Your Backyard Oasis
OUTDOOR LIVING 101
A lovely space like this will certainly draw people outside to enjoy a comfortable chair in a sunny spot or next to a cozy re. To learn more about this home, visit eplans.com and enter plan number HWEPL12242.
By Paige Lozier
How Will You Spend Next Weekend?
ou could splurge on a night at a high-end resort, entertain at a five-star restaurant, or treat yourself to a day at the spa, but why spend a fortune on one indulgent day, when you can find luxury in your own backyard? Your home is your hotel, and your new outdoor kitchen provides the means for a memorable meal. Relax under the moonlight in a hot tub fed by a cascading waterfall, then warm up by a freestanding fireplace as you enjoy a glass of wine with friends. A weekend away is worth the cost every once in a while, but splurge now to build an enticing outdoor living area, and every night could be a mini-vacation. An outdoor living area significantly increases livable space and provides the perfect backdrop for exquisite entertaining. Dan Brockelbank, who together with his wife Heather owns Metro Greenscape, an outdoor living design/build firm located in Charlotte, NC, finds that, The trend right now is that people living in larger homes do not want the tax burden, cleaning, lawn, and energy bills that come with owning a sizable home, so they are downsizing to something more manageable. We are hired to install an outdoor living space that with little maintenance will last 30 years and age with the family. Due to the nature of an outdoor room, durable building materials are de rigeur. With minimal routine maintenance, a well-built space should provide years of enjoyment.
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A ceiling fan and a propane heater make this Texas porch comfortable in all seasons. Tailor-made canvas curtains block sun in summer and trap heat in winter.
Planning For Your Lifestyle
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hen embarking on an outdoor living project, a designer will ask several key questions to spark creativity and aid in building a space that will function seamlessly with the homeowners lifestyle. A key aspect to consider is family dynamics. If you have children, how many are there and how old are they? Teenagers may stay home more often if there is an enticing pool and fire pit in the backyard where they can bring friends over to hang out. How do you spend downtime? Beyond entertaining, you will undoubtedly use this space on a regular basis, and a designer will want to plan around your everyday needs. Do you cook meals at home or grill often? An outdoor kitchen may be a welcome addition on warm nights when fresh air is cherished more
than a stuffy kitchen overheated by the oven. Equally important is the climate in your locale. If youre building in Texas, you can take advantage of your outdoor space in the cooler seasons. If your property is in Michigan, the summer months are prime outdoor time. In either case, however, some smart planning may enable you to extend its use through all the seasons. Ben England, owner of Texas Outdoor Oasis in Houston says, We add features to our designs to accommodate for fluctuations in weather such as built-in heaters, fire pits and fireplaces for the colder months, while we may add fans and misting systems for those dog days of summer. A good designer will make the space adaptable to all seasons to significantly extend the livability of an outdoor living space.www.dreamhomesource.com www.ePlans.com
With a pergola to provide shade, a replace to provide warmth, and a kitchen to provide food, this outdoor living