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What to Know Before Building an Outdoor Space

An outdoor living space is a wonderful way to maximize your home’s appeal, function and value; providing a place to relax, entertain and spend time with friends and family. It is, however, a space that requires careful planning. Here, the home construction experts at Delbert Adams Construction Group provide considerations for your upcoming outdoor living space project.

How Will the Space Be Used?

The most important question for any homeowner creating an outdoor living space is to address how it will be used. Do you wish for a small, intimate area that provides a vista for watching the sunset? Or, do you enjoy entertaining, and consequently want a large space with plenty of seating? Would you like to be able to use a grill or outdoor oven? What about a pool? These are just a few considerations for how an outdoor living space could be utilized. Consider your living style, family size and entertainment preferences to determine what kind of outdoor space will be right for you.

Is There Room for Moving and Walking?

An ambitious space will fall flat if room is not made for walking and moving around. It is important to include plenty of space, the amount of which will depend on many of the preferences we listed above, for comfortable walkways between and around each of the areas of your outdoor living space. Including space for pulling out chairs, adding potted plants and other design elements will create a comfortable and functional layout.

What Size and Shape Do You Need?

A general rule of thumb is that an outdoor living space should be no larger than 20% of a home’s square footage, but homeowners need not always hold to traditional wisdom; the best space is one which fits the lifestyle and desires of the owner. Along with size, homeowners must decide on a shape—while a traditional rectangular-shaped area may work for some, yards with lots of plant-life and trees, or hills and other obstructions, may require a more uniquely-shaped outdoor space with various levels. A design that incorporates curves or other patterns will provide a more individualistic touch to your home, and can really make outdoor spaces feel unique.

How Will You Create Shade?

Long summer days are perfect for lounging outdoors, but can make both you hot on a sunny day. Will your outdoor living space incorporate shade-making structures, such as a pergola, or will it rely on shade from surrounding trees and plants? Consider which areas will require shade, and which areas can do with full sun.

How Can We Help You Create the Perfect Outdoor Living Space?

At Delbert Adams Construction Group, we aim to help homeowners take full advantage of both their indoor and outdoor spaces. Our team will be there to guide and confer with you every step of the way, to ensure that each detail of your new living space is worked to your exact specifications. Why undertake such an important project alone, when you could have the experience and professionalism of Delbert Adams on your side? For more information, contact us today!