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Creating the Perfect Outdoor Space

Who doesn't love a good summer relaxation after work? Summer road trips can be a fun way to enjoy the outdoors on the weekends and holidays, but what can help you cope with the routine 9 to 5 during the weekdays? Why not create the perfect outdoor space in your own backyard?

Let's consider a few key elements to consider when building the perfect outdoor space.

Determine the function of the space

As with most home renovation projects, determining the purpose of the space, and how it will be used is the first step. Will it be a space for relaxation, a summer nap with peace and quiet? Or are you the BBQ guru and need the space to entertain friends and family? Once you have a clear idea of what the space will be used for, you can start planning the layout and selecting the necessary components.

Does Your Deck Need An Upgrade?

Most homes have a deck or patio as a standard feature of the home. If you don't have one and need some more info, check out our blog on that subject here.

If you have a deck or patio, determine its condition and decide if its in need of repair, or if it needs to be replaced. A carpenter that specializes in deck construction can help do an assessment. An old sagging, or wobbly deck can be strengthened and levelled quite easily. Stairs can also be removed and replaced if they are too steep, too bouncy, or just plain 'ol unsafe. If you have a patio on grade, and it is showing signs of rot, it may be best to replace the whole thing. A stamped concrete slab is a better option for a maintenance free space that will last for years.

Choose comfortable furniture

Outdoor furniture should be comfortable, durable, and easy to maintain. Whether you prefer a rustic, natural look or a modern, sleek style, there are plenty of options to choose from. Consider materials like teak, cedar, aluminum, or wrought iron, which are weather-resistant and long-lasting.

Add lighting

Adding lighting to your outdoor space is essential for creating a cozy, inviting atmosphere.

Choose soft, warm lighting for relaxation areas and brighter, more focused lighting for dining and cooking spaces. Consider installing dimmer switches or using candles and lanterns for added ambiance.

Incorporate greenery

Plants and flowers can add color and texture to your outdoor space while also providing shade and privacy. Adding a mix of potted plants, hanging baskets, and garden beds will create a lush, natural environment. If you have limited space, you could try vertical gardening which will add to your privacy.

Include shade

Did you know that Red Deer, Alberta gets about 324 days of sun per year? With all that sun it's important to include shade in your outdoor space. A pergola, awning, or shade sail can provide some much needed protection from the sun's harmful rays. You can also use trees, umbrellas, or even a simple canopy to create a shaded area.

Don't forget about entertainment!

If you plan on entertaining friends and family, a perfect outdoor space will include some key features. Whether it's a built-in grill, outdoor speakers, or a fire pit, these elements can add a fun and festive atmosphere to your gatherings. If you have the space you could also incorporate a large game board, or other type of activity to keep the party going.

In conclusion, building the perfect outdoor space requires careful planning, attention to detail, and a clear understanding of your needs and preferences. By incorporating comfortable furniture, lighting, greenery, shade, and entertainment options, you can create a beautiful, functional outdoor space that you'll enjoy for years to come.

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