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Must-Have Components of Any Functional and Beautiful Outdoor Living Space

As a Design Build that offers contemporary outdoor living spaces and hardscapes, you know that a well-designed outdoor living space can be a valuable asset to your clients. It can provide a space for entertaining, relaxing, and enjoying the outdoors. But what are the must-have components of any functional and beautiful outdoor living space?

Here are 10 elements that you should consider when designing an outdoor living space for your clients:

  1. A comfortable seating area. This is the heart of any outdoor living space. Make sure there is plenty of seating for everyone to relax and enjoy the company of friends and family. Choose comfortable furniture that is weather-resistant and easy to maintain.

  2. An outdoor kitchen. If you can, include an outdoor kitchen in your design. This will allow your clients to cook and entertain outdoors, which is perfect for warm-weather months. Be sure to include a grill, a sink, and plenty of counter space.

  3. A fire pit or fireplace. A fire pit or fireplace is a great way to add warmth and ambiance to your outdoor living space. It can also be used for cooking, roasting marshmallows, or simply enjoying the stars.

  4. A water feature. A water feature can add a touch of serenity and beauty to your outdoor living space. It can also help to mask noise from the surrounding area.

  5. Proper lighting. Good lighting is essential for an outdoor living space that is functional and beautiful. Make sure to include a mix of ambient and task lighting to create a well-lit space that is safe and inviting.

  6. Privacy. If your outdoor living space is located in a public area, you may want to consider adding some privacy walls or fencing. This will help to create a more secluded and intimate space.

  7. Landscaping. Landscaping can help to define your outdoor living space and make it more inviting. Choose plants that are low-maintenance and drought-tolerant.

  8. Hardscaping. Hardscaping, such as patios, walkways, and retaining walls, can help to create a functional and stylish outdoor living space. Choose materials that are durable and weather-resistant.

  9. Storage. Make sure to include plenty of storage space for your clients' outdoor furniture, cushions, and other belongings. This will help to keep the space looking neat and tidy.

  10. Personalization. The most important component of any outdoor living space is that it reflects the personality of the people who will be using it. Encourage your clients to add their own personal touches to the space, such as artwork, flags, or wind chimes.

By following these tips, you can help your clients create an outdoor living space that they will love spending time in for years to come.

Here are some additional tips for designing a functional and beautiful outdoor living space:

  • Consider the size and shape of your clients' backyard. If they have a small backyard, you may want to focus on creating a cozy and intimate space. If they have a large backyard, you can afford to be more expansive and create multiple zones for different activities.

  • Think about the climate in your area. If you live in a warm climate, you will want to make sure your outdoor living space is well-shaded. If you live in a cold climate, you may want to include a fireplace or fire pit.

  • Consider the needs of your clients. What activities do they want to do in their outdoor living space? Do they have young children or pets? Make sure the space is designed to accommodate their needs.

  • Don't forget the budget. Outdoor living spaces can be expensive, so it's important to set a budget before you start designing.

With careful planning and design, you can help your clients create an outdoor living space that they will love for years to come.


Contact GoodHaus Design+Build for a consultation today. We are based Downtown Decatur, Georgia and serve the greater Atlanta area.

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