Creating an Outdoor Living Space
March 31st, 2016 6:21 pm by Zach Williams
With Spring here and summer just around the corner, outdoor living is starting to pop up on people’s home décor priority list. It has grown in popularity over recent years and for good reason. Being outside in our own private space offers us a chance to relax and regroup from our hectic lives and the good news is, it does not have to be expensive to create. The following tips and ideas may help you create an Outdoor Living Space on a budget.
Define The Purpose
Deciding on the primary use for space will help with the design and keep the purpose in focus. If a reading area is the goal, then a small bench hidden by some plants may work. If you want an area for outside dining, look for adequate space for a table and chairs to sit.
Where To Begin
Walk around your home and find a spot which offers something appealing, such as a shade tree, natural privacy, or a view of your garden or house. To help the spot feel like an extension of your home, locate an area which can be seen from the house or existing patio.
Look For Existing Structures
The outside wall of your home or garage can help define the outside room. It can add a backdrop to hang fountains, place a barbecue pit, or add an awning for shade. Also, check out the side yard. Many times this space may be just what one needs to create a quiet hide-away.
Thinking of this area as something that will grow into it’s own in time will help get things started without investing a lot of money. Adding to it over time can become part of the enjoyment of having it.
Part of creating a usable outdoor space begins with what you have on the ground. Grass is not going to define the space adequately and chances are if it remains as the floor, you won’t use the space. Inexpensive options include shredded bark, pea gravel or self-made concrete blocks which can be intermixed with the grass. An outside rug over the area could be a quick seasonal solution. Outside rugs can be found relatively inexpensively.
Creating privacy for an oasis does not have to be an expensive project. Be creative and look for items which can be grouped together to help create a natural screen. Another option is to build inexpensive screens. Purchase outside treated posts, concrete blocks and quick set cement. Place the concrete blocks in the appropriate place to support the posts, then place the posts into the blocks and use the cement to hold them in place. With the posts set, then add outside walls. This can be a piece of outside lattice, which is great to grow vines on.
Inexpensive Furniture Solutions
To use the area as an outside dining spot, shop garage sales for tables and chairs. Remember, the chairs do not have to match, they just have to fit comfortably under the table. Using an outside paint will tie the pieces together and can cover many flaws plus keep the wood protected from moisture. Cushions are a must for comfort and can also put a dent into the budget. Consider making your own or shop garage sales for used and outdated colored cushions you could cover.
This is where the fun and creativity kicks in. Looking for items, which can be used in unexpected ways, will add individuality to the space. Terracotta saucers can become large candle holders and grouped on a table. Wind chimes, pottery and unique sculptures add to the mood and compliment nature. Wind and water will help keep the oasis cool and comfortable. Running an extension cord instead of paying for an electrician is a good solution.
Lastly, the most important step is Enjoying Your Oasis! Once the main elements of the design are in place, you can begin enjoying your space and adding enhancements bit by bit. However, the best element for any oasis is to have friends and family relaxing within it with you.