Many of us take pride in our homes, investing countless hours rearranging and remodelling the interior. Now that summer is upon is, it can be refreshing to step out of the confines of the inside and spend some time outside. When the weather is favourable, it’s difficult to miss out on a nice day outside.
But spending time outside doesn’t mean you have to forfeit your creature comforts. With a few small adjustments you can make your outdoor space comfortable and inviting. Turning a yard, patio, porch or other outdoor area into a functional living space can be a rewarding task, and will expand your living space to the outdoors. With the right setup, you can spend more time in the sunshine and fresh air, and host events al fresco for friends, family and neighbours.
The point of having an outdoor living space is, of course, to spend more time outdoors. However, most people also create one to attract friends and family over for social gatherings. If you set up a few deck chairs and look out at the back yard, sure, you might have a nice view, but a seating chart that involves everyone’s backs against the wall makes it a little difficult to talk casually.
Creating a central point for your space can make outdoor gatherings that much more social. Well-placed seating, whether it’s a bench, chairs or even a swinging chair, will help make any outdoor living space more inviting. Add a picnic table, and now you’ve got a place to eat meals, entertain guests or play games. Focal points don’t have to include lawn furniture, though. As we’ve learned, you can organise your outdoor space around anything from a water feature to a barbeque. Or, if you have green fingers, the central point could be a rose trellis or a flowering tree. The key is to effectively use the space you have in order to get the most out of it.