Creating an Outdoor Living Space

By Robert Robillard on Design, Landscape


Choose The Size And Layout Of Your Space

This decision is sometimes dictated by available property space but can also largely depend on what activities you want to accomplish.

Once your space is defined decide how you will organize this space. For example; create areas for activities such as cooking, conversation, and relaxation.

in how people will move in and through your space and considerations such as views, sun orientation, prevailing winds, and any privacy screen issues.

TIP: organize seating to overlook plantings, flowerbeds, water features, and other attractive scenery.


Determine Privacy Issues

Unlike your home you do not have walls for privacy so you need to create your own privacy screen. Installing a b
rick walls, fences or tall plants between you and the neighbors can create an intimate yet private space.

Existing concrete or brick walls can be covered with arbors and spreading vines to create vertical gardens. Vertical wood fences can be erected with slats or high-end lattices to create privacy screens.

Food Preparation

When creating an outdoor living space decide whether you will be preparing or cooking food in this space? Consider convenience and try to locate your cooking area in an easily accessible location from the house to reduce trips back and forth.

When creating an outdoor living space decide if you will want an outdoor kitchen or just a grill.  Consider access to power and water. Electricity, as well as cooking fuel, can be piped into your kitchen space. Outdoor kitchens integrated into masonry are becoming popular. Built-in items such as grill, sink and mini-refrigerator, and cooking fireplaces all integrated into masonry.

Converting to a natural gas grill, and connecting it to a natural gas connection can eliminate the need to refill propane tanks.

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