Conceptualizing Your Outdoor Living Area

Poolside outdoor fireplace at night

Now is an ideal time to start thinking about your outdoor living spaces, so when the warm weather arrives, you’ll have your own special oasis to enjoy with family and friends, or for quiet relaxation. What constitutes your vision of living that extends from the inside of your home to the outdoors? Is remodeling or adding features part of the plan? Here are some thoughts to get the ideas flowing... What does your dream include? Maybe you’d like an expansive patio with seating vignettes and a chef’s kitchen, covered or screened in as needed to maximize comfort, a gazebo, a bar, or a secluded hideaway to unwind from busy days. Here’s a home that features a comfortable outdoor gathering area with a pergola to filter the sun, a pool for those hot days, and a fireplace and fire pit for cool nights.

Consider the topography Creative landscaping design options can make the most of hilly, rocky or oddly-shaped properties. In fact, what was once considered a drawback can be turned into a visually appealing and useful portion of the property. Is your yard well-suited to a pool? If not, a hot tub could be a great option.

Have fun with materials! While the choices are endless, we can help you narrow down based on your likes and needs for the space. In Connecticut and New York, fieldstone is quite popular for outdoor design, and for good reason: it’s custom, elegant, timeless, rustic, and durable. For the growing interest in green building, homeowners can choose from a variety of sustainable materials and processes that promote resource efficiency.

Do you have some thoughts in mind but would like to get more ideas? Enjoy perusing the patios showcased on Houzz to see what may be ideal for your home! When you’re ready to brainstorm, contact us for a complimentary consultation, at 203.972.6100 or