Extend your functional square footage outdoors

 

All too often we lose sight of the fact that our outdoor spaces can function like another room of the house. Granted, it won’t be counted towards the square footage of your house in a technical sense. But smart planning can create another living space for your family and guests. Here are a few elements to think about when putting the space together:

  • Furniture – provide something comfortable to sit on. Make it a place where someone can easily curl up and read a book or sit down for a long chat.
  • Plants / Color – think of your outdoor space as a palette with main colors and accent colors. The magic of this particular photo is the red accent from the flowers. The space wouldn’t be the same without it.
  • Lighting – you wouldn’t have a room without some kind of lighting and again, this is an outdoor room. What will provide light when it is dark?
  • Focal Point – are you looking out to the yard, the horizon, a firepit? What is the scene you are framing? There’s no window, but your layout will create a picture. Create it well.