Designing the Perfect Outdoor Living Space
If you’re anything like we are here at RVI Outdoor, your backyard is as important as your living room, if not more so. For those of us who prefer the open air to the basement sofa, creating an outdoor living space can bring us endless hours of joy and entertainment. That’s why we’re talking tips to create the perfect outdoor space to suit your lifestyle. If you’re building or renovating your backyard patio, we have a few tips to consider.
Plan for Patio Furniture
First thing’s first, plan your outdoor space around the patio furniture you intend to buy (or patio furniture you already have). Do you plan on buying a few adirondacks for the yard? Or an outdoor sofa for the patio? What about a dining table? And will it need an umbrella? Or a pergola cover?? You can plan your patio and landscape in a similar way that you might design a house: Plan each space for how you’ll utilize it, leaving room for the furniture you plan to use.
Consider Year-Round Use
While we often stay indoors in winter, you can still take advantage of your outdoor living area year round with a bit of planning. Consider adding in overhead heaters for the overhang of your patio. Or invest in a portable propane heater or two to place wherever you’d like. You can also plan to dig a fire pit into your backyard, with integrated seating. Or pick up a propane-flame patio fire pit for added convenience. If you’re really looking for something entertaining that you can enjoy in colder months, consider purchasing a hot tub. You’ll love taking a dip on snowy nights or rainy afternoons! If you’re going the spa direction, be sure to plan your deck or patio to accommodate the hot tub, and consider building a privacy fence, if you’d like.
Personalize Your Patio
We all have different hobbies and pastimes. If you’re a chef, then you’d better plan a nicer outdoor cooking space, possibly with a grill, countertop, and even a sink and plumbing, if it’s in the cards. For the green thumb, consider building raised garden beds in the yard, or create wooden flower beds atop your deck. For those who love to entertain, be sure to have dedicated space for lawn games (like cornhole), or create a couple pits for horseshoes. And again, you’ll need plenty of seating for all of your guests, so consider where you’d like to arrange your chairs, benches, and outdoor sofas.