Patty Bednarcyk croppedBy Patty Bednarcyk

One of the things we’ve all looked forward to throughout the long winter is warmer weather. And, now, with spring on the horizon, it’s time to start dreaming about what role outdoor living will play for you and your family.

Redefining outdoor living spaces

Many of our clients are looking at ways to extend their living space from indoors to outdoors. Incorporating relaxing, dining, cooking, and play into the growing outdoor space opens up the scope of outdoor living at home and increases the usable square footage of your house.

So, what’s the best way to create your own outdoor living spaces? Start creating a wish list with all the ideas of how you might like to fill your open space. Here is a list of some elements you might want to consider for your expanded living area.

  • A child play area
  • A pond or water garden
  • An edible garden that can take the form of an orchard, a vegetable garden or an herb garden
  • A special flower garden like a rose garden or a cutting garden for growing bouquet flowers
  • Pet areas
  • An outdoor family room or kitchen
  • A fountain or sculptural piece of art
  • A swing, hammock or a little retreat area for relaxing
  • A swimming pool, lap pool or spa

Sketch it out

Then wander around your yard with your list in hand. See how the space lays out and imagine what items will fit in the available space and what won’t. Start a Pinterest page with inspiring images. Sketch out a layout that will both look great and function efficiently. Call in a landscape designer if you need some guidance.

Be Creative

Think about how much work you are willing to do yourself and how much will be hired out. Allow yourself to be creative. You may be able to afford more than you think by factoring in some imaginative thinking.

Below are some images that have inspired me. Enjoy!