Areas of the home that have become focal points for many people are outdoor living spaces, including patios, porches, and decks. The outdoors are no longer just for a place to set patio furniture and a BBQ grill.
Today, people want more in their outdoor spaces, such as an outdoor kitchen, dining room, entertainment center, and more. So, if you are thinking about updating your outdoor living space this summer, check out these great outdoor living space ideas to enhance your outdoor spaces.
#1: Pizza Ovens
One outdoor addition people are making is having a professional-style pizza oven installed. These types of ovens do more than must make great-tasting pizzas. They can be used to bake bread and rolls, roast meats, broil, and cook complete meals outdoors.
When choosing a pizza oven for your outdoor area, be sure to think about the other aspects of your outdoor living space that you want to include in your patio design. You may also want to consider having a new BBQ grill installed to give yourself the flexibility to prepare and enjoy meals outdoors.
For example, you can use your pizza oven to keep steaks, burgers, and hot dogs warm when grilling large amounts of food. While grilling meats and veggies on the grill, you could be baking fresh bread or dessert in the pizza oven.
#2: Fire Pits
Outdoor living areas are to be enjoyed at night too. Fire pits allow you to illuminate your outdoor spaces. There are several different styles and designs you can choose from, including wood-burning and gas firepits.
Additionally, you could enhance the appearance of your outdoor spaces with fire pits by adding water features. You could showcase some floating colored LED lights in the water for a nightly fire and light show.
Everyone will enjoy sitting around the fire pit at night since the fire helps keep mosquitoes, bugs, and other pests away. Plus, if you have kids, they will enjoy making s’mores.
#3: Outdoor Fireplaces
An outdoor fireplace is the perfect addition to your outdoor living room or other covered space. Come fall, when the weather starts getting cooler, you will be happy to have a fireplace. You can continue to enjoy the outdoors on your covered patio and remain comfortable.
If you do not have a covered patio, that is okay too. There are several outdoor fireplace models perfect for open, uncovered outdoor living areas. Whether you have a covered area or not, there are gas, wood, and electric models available with a wide range of customizable options like “hot ice.”
4: Create an Outdoor Living Room
Outdoor living rooms feature many of the comforts you find indoors. You will want to have comfortable, weather-resistant outdoor furniture like an outdoor sofa, outdoor chairs, and outdoor end tables.
If your outdoor space is covered and protected from the elements, you can add an outdoor TV and home entertainment system. These electronics are specially designed to be water-resistant. What could be better than watching your favorite programs, movies, and sporting events outdoors by yourself or with family and friends?
Don’t forget to add an outdoor fireplace to your outdoor living room. Your outdoor fireplace can be the focal point within the seating area, or you can use it for the backdrop if you are installing an outdoor TV.
#5: Bring Your Kitchen Outdoors
Another popular outdoor room design idea is to create an outdoor kitchen. We are not talking about simply having a BBQ grill either. Instead, we are talking about a fully functional kitchen with a kitchen sink, food prep areas, a built-in wall oven, a built-in BBQ grill, a refrigerator, and plenty of storage spaces.
If you want to have a unique outdoor kitchen, put the finishing touches on it with a new outdoor pizza oven. So, you could forgo the built-in wall oven and, instead, get an outdoor pizza oven.
#6: Add Some Greenery
Remember to select some different plants and flowers to add a touch of greenery to your outdoor patio, deck, or porch area. Plants should be easy to care for and maintain. For example, if you live where the summers can be extremely hot, drought-resistant plants are a great choice.
#7: Add a Water Feature
A simple water feature, like a pebble bubble fountain, is an excellent addition to your outdoor space. If you want something more extensive, you could add a pond with a waterfall to your backyard landscaping and stock it with some koi or other types of fish.
#8: Incorporate Landscape Design
You want your outdoor living space to flow naturally into your backyard area. You can use a combination of hardscape and softscape landscape design ideas to create walkways, sitting areas, flower gardens, and other such features to enjoy viewing while outdoors. Some people even enjoy growing fruits and vegetables in box planters placed along the border of their covered outdoor space.
Is It Okay to Have More Than One Fire Feature?
Depending on the size of your backyard patio, deck, or porch, it is acceptable to have more than one fire feature. For example, you could have a fireplace as part of your covered outdoor patio and a fire pit in an outdoor sitting area next to the covered patio.
Another option, if you have a pool or hot tub, is to place a fire pit near the pool or hot tub to enjoy when getting out of the water. You could also have another fire pit or fireplace under your covered patio. Essentially, it is entirely up to you as to the number and type of outdoor fire features you want.
We hope these outdoor living space ideas inspire you to create the perfect outdoor patio, deck, or porch for your home. When designing your outdoor room, think about everything you would like to have in the space, such as a fire pit, an outdoor kitchen with a built-in BBQ grill and pizza oven, and an outdoor home entertainment system.
To find outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, fire pits with water features, pizza ovens, and BBQ grills, please feel free to browse our products online before visiting one of our design centers. We can also help custom design outdoor fire features and install them for you. For further information or to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact CAPO Building Specialties at 727-247-2606 today!