The delight is in the details.
No outdoor oasis is complete without the finishing touches. After all, it’s the details that have turned yesterday’s yards into today’s outdoor retreats. With purposeful lighting and shading, we can create a space that’s every bit as functional as it is visually appealing. And the latest climate control systems and outdoor-rated smart home technologies invite us to relax and socialize well into the evening — and even throughout the year.
“The really great thing about outdoor rooms is that they extend the luxury and comfort of your home to the outdoors,” says Eric Davis, spokesperson for the Hearth, Barbeque and Patio Association. “And manufacturers have responded to this: They’ve created an extensive product line from simple to high-tech to help set that mood for the outdoors. Your outdoor living room is a new room in your home; it’s just that your ceiling is the sky.”
If you were building a room in your house, explains Davis, you would follow a process for mapping it out. And the same goes for your outdoor spaces: First, you decide how you’ll use the space; second, you talk to experts and conduct online research; third, you create the foundation; and fourth, you choose the things you’ll put into the space to make it your own. In the realm of outdoor living, that includes your lighting, shading and technology, as well as your furniture and other features.