If the idea of extending your living area beyond the four walls of your home appeals to you, you’re not alone. An increase in staycations and remote work has generated a growing interest in making one’s home a sanctuary – and that includes the outdoors. Nowadays, outdoor spaces are intentionally designed to provide a perfect place for relaxation and socializing. Here are a few suggestions to help spark your creativity and inspire you to think outside the home.

Before you begin, plan your space.

Think about how you’d like to use your outdoor space, and how much room you have to work with. With the right design and quality craftsmanship, your outdoor living area can be transformed into a beautiful, comfortable, and functional space that you and your family can enjoy for years to come. A few popular arrangements include:

outdoor kitchen

  • A fully equipped outdoor kitchen to entertain your family and friends: An outdoor kitchen typically includes a grill, a sink, countertops, and storage space for utensils and cookware. You can even customize your kitchen with a pizza oven and a bar area.

  • An expansive deck or patio for dining, lounging, or socializing: These multifunctional spaces are extremely versatile. Whether hosting a cocktail party on a beautiful deck, or enjoying family movie nights on a cozy patio – the right furniture, lighting, and accessories will define a space that suits your purpose. 

  • Relaxing elements that enhance your outside living experience: Adding inviting features—such as a fire pit, waterfall, or fountain—creates a relaxing focal point in your outdoor area. Available in various shapes, sizes, and materials, many of these nature-inspired elements can be customized to fit any space. 

alternative egress, outdoor living space

Pro Tip: Consider alternatives to standard doors and sliders when creating an egress between your indoor and outdoor living space. Other options, including accordion, hinged, or pocket doors, can open a whole new world of aesthetics and possibilities! Removing the visual and physical barriers of a standard egress allows for flawless enjoyment, whether inside or out.

Accessorize your space.

Make your outdoor living area feel like an extension of your indoor space by adding soft throw pillows, cozy blankets, and outdoor rugs with a pop of color. These textiles offer a warm and comfortable invitation for you and your guests.

Outdoor lights

Remember to add lights.

Lighting provides both beauty and functionality to your outdoor living space. It ensures safety and security and creates a warm and inviting atmosphere for your guests. From lanterns to landscape lighting, there are numerous options for illuminating your outdoor space, including smart lighting systems that allow you to control your lighting from your smartphone.

Home Remodeling and Construction in NH's White Mountains and Lakes Region, and Western Maine

From functional outdoor kitchens to expansive decks, the options for creating an outdoor oasis are endless. Whether you're looking to entertain guests or create a relaxing sanctuary, contact the experienced home remodeling experts at Cormack Construction. We can help you create an outdoor living space that is perfect for your needs and budget.

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