In the last few years, there has been a huge surge in the popularity of outdoor living spaces. Going far beyond the routine patios and decks of a decade ago, these upgraded areas are including more and more of the things we typically expect to find inside the house, and the results have proven very enjoyable for homeowners.
The great thing about an outdoor room is that the construction is already complete. The patio, porch, or deck is the floor, the landscaping is the walls, and a beautiful blue sky is the ceiling. That leaves you free to focus on the niceties that create beauty, comfort, and function for the room.
Let’s start beneath your feet. Sure, you have a solid walking surface, but to give a real indoor feel, you should be able to kick off your shoes and relax. Some outdoor rugs are in order. When you can cool your toes on a comfortable and inviting carpet, you’ll really bridge the gap between feeling like you’re indoors and feeling like you’re outdoors.
Of course, you can’t stand up the whole time you’re outside enjoying yourself. You need a comfortable place for yourself and your visitors to sit. Thanks to the creation of durable outdoor materials like wood, metal, and fabrics, you can get chairs, swings, gliders, and the associated tables that will give you all the comforts of indoors with the ability to survive outdoors. There are furnishings for eating, drinking, or just relaxing with friends.
Once you have a seat on your comfortable patio, you’ll need something to do, like eat. The products available for creating an outdoor kitchen are amazing, and they too mirror your conventional indoor version. There are outdoor appliances, outdoor kitchen countertops, and outdoor sinks that will let the gourmet chefs in your family ply their trades in the fresh air.
Not only does it make your cookouts something phenomenal, it saves you money by eliminating the battle between your air conditioner and your indoor oven and range. And now everyone can be together outside as the food is prepared, instead of someone being stuck in the kitchen while the rest are outdoors soaking up the sun.
You won’t just be out in the daytime, of course. With nightfall comes some of the best entertainment–TV shows, movies, and of course, sports. It would be a shame to miss a great ball game while you’re relaxing on a breezy summer evening, so you might as well just get an outdoor TV. They’re affordable, durable, and provide terrific picture and sound for your get-togethers. And you won’t have to worry if you spill popcorn. You’ll wish the game would never end.
And sometimes, it may feel like it won’t. Baseball claims that nine innings is enough, but many times, it’s not. The great thing about the sport is that they will just keep playing until somebody wins the thing. That means a great time for you until that summer evening breeze becomes a nighttime breeze with some bite. You’re in your lucky, comfortable spot, and you don’t want to move. But you are also about to freeze, and your party just may break up if things don’t change.
No problem. You can have a fire pit or outdoor fireplace to keep you warm. Can you imagine how comfortable it would be to sit back on a comfortable chaise, looking over a crackling fire at a baseball game on a big-screen television? It’s just the kind of thing an outdoor room is made for.
But maybe the temperature swings the other way. Maybe you’re catching an afternoon game that’s dragging on into the hottest and most humid part of the day. Never mind the fireplace; it’s time to cool down. Your outdoor room will be complete if it’s situated next to your pool, giving everyone equal access to the food, entertainment, and conversation whether they’re wet or dry.
Outdoor rooms have gotten popular for a reason. It’s those great meals, great games, and great times with friends. The products available to furnish and operate your outdoor room are as numerous as the ideas you can come up with, and the enjoyment you’ll receive will be tough to beat, indoors or out.