Tips on Creating an Outdoor Living Space


Your luxury custom home from Fairview Custom Homes reflects your unique personality in every square inch, inside and out. But what about your outdoor space? You can elevate the living experience of your home with a beautiful outdoor oasis – a place to entertain, relax and take advantage of all the beauty that the Carolinas offer. Create a space that is an extension of your home and make the most of it. Creating a comfortable and functional outdoor living space does not have to be a daunting task. Here are some tips to help you create an outdoor living space that you will love.

Create a Focal Point

Every outdoor living space should have a focal point that draws the eye and creates visual interest. Popular landscaping focal points range from unique specimen plants; water features such as ponds or waterfalls, dramatic hardscape details like boulders and terraces, bird feeding stations and other wildlife-oriented features, colorful flowerbeds or window boxes, statues or sculptures to inviting structures such as gates, arbors, pergolas or arches. You can also create an eye-catching pathway with specially designed pavers, mosaics, and lights. 

Fire Pit

A fire pit overlooking a beautiful mountainscape from luxury custom home builder Fairview Custom Homes

As the weather starts to cool down and the days get shorter, there's nothing quite like the warmth and comfort of gathering around an outdoor fire pit in your backyard. With the addition of a fire pit, you can extend your outdoor space well into the cooler months, creating a cozy atmosphere perfect for spending time with friends and family.

One of the great things about fire pits is the variety of styles available. From traditional fire pits that are perfect for roasting marshmallows and making s'mores to more enormous fireplaces that can serve as the focal point of your outdoor living area, there's sure to be a style that fits your needs and personal taste. When selecting a fire pit for your outdoor space, consider size, fuel type, and design. Smaller yards suit smaller fire pits, and larger yards accommodate more enormous fireplaces or elaborate designs. Wood-burning holes offer a real fire's classic look and feel, while gas-powered options provide convenience and clean burning fuel. Choose a material like stone or brick to achieve a rustic look, or opt for metal or stainless steel for a modern feel. You can also add features such as seating or grills for added versatility.

Aside from the warmth and ambiance that a fire pit provides, it also offers the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with your loved ones. There's something special about sitting around a crackling fire, sharing stories, and enjoying each other's company. 

Invest in Quality Patio Furniture

Patio furniture is essential for creating a comfortable and inviting outdoor living space. When shopping for patio furniture, look for high-quality materials that can withstand the elements. Wicker, wrought iron, and aluminum are all popular choices for outdoor furniture. You may also want to consider investing in weather-resistant cushions and pillows to add extra comfort and pops of color to your seating area.

Consider Outdoor Dining

If you love entertaining, consider adding an outdoor dining area to your living space. A dining area can be as simple as a table and chairs or as elaborate as a full outdoor kitchen. If you opt for a dining area, be sure to choose functional and comfortable furniture. Look for tables and chairs that are the right size for your space, and that can withstand the elements.

Define Your Outdoor Room

Outdoor patio with matching furniture overlooking a quaint forested area from luxury custom home builder Fairview Custom Homes

To make your outdoor living space feel like an extension of your home, it's essential to define it as an outdoor room. Screened-in outdoor rooms offer the perfect way to bring the beauty of the outdoors into your living space without worrying about pesky bugs. These versatile spaces allow you to enjoy the fresh air and natural light of the outdoors while protecting you from insects and other unwanted elements.

Whether you're looking to create a cozy nook for reading and relaxation, an entertainment area for hosting guests, or a full-fledged outdoor living room complete with all the amenities, an outdoor room can be a valid extension of your custom luxury home. Incorporating the same design features and elements as your indoor living spaces allows you to create a cohesive look and feel that seamlessly blends your indoor and outdoor areas.

Functional Areas

Consider incorporating functional elements in your area that enhance your outdoor living space. For example, consider adding an outdoor kitchen with a grill, refrigerator, and ample counter space for food prep and serving. Or, add a hot tub or pool to your outdoor space for a luxurious and refreshing way to cool off during the hot summer months.

Add Greenery

Plants and greenery can add color and texture to your outdoor living space. Add potted plants, hanging baskets, or a vertical garden to your outdoor space. The Carolinas offer various flora and fauna that can be incorporated into your outdoor design, from native wildflowers to lush evergreen trees. Adding different plants and landscaping elements can help create a natural and serene atmosphere that is perfect for relaxing and enjoying the beauty of your surroundings.

Don't Forget the Details

Outdoor patio with matching furniture overlooking a custom built pool area from luxury custom home builder Fairview Custom Homes

By extending the details of your custom home to your outdoor living space, you can create an outdoor oasis that perfectly complements the beauty of the surrounding landscape. To make your outdoor living space feel like a valid extension of your home, paying attention to the details is essential. Consider adding artwork, decorative lighting, or even an outdoor rug to your space. These elements add visual interest and create a cozy and inviting atmosphere that's perfect for relaxing or entertaining.

Living in the Carolinas offers numerous advantages, including the stunning natural beauty of the area that can be enjoyed all year round, so why not take advantage of it with a beautiful outdoor space? Experience expert craftsmanship and visionary design with luxury custom home builder Fairview Custom Homes. With 19 years of experience in the home building industry, we are confident in our ability to bring your vision to life. Our focus on high-end service delivery has made us a sought-after choice for luxury residences in unique places like The Cliffs and Lake Keowee, and more! Contact us today to start building your luxury custom home.

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