Summer heat can drive many families indoors, leaving yards and patios looking a bit empty and under-utilized. It doesn't have to be that way, however. Outdoor living spaces can be created that address some of the typical reasons homeowners tend to stay inside. While outdoor air conditioning is still a pipe dream, there are several other outdoor living design projects that can provide relative comfortable spaces that may make it easy to enjoy the outdoors. Here are our 6 picks for ideas to consider.Read More
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This outdoor living remodeling project included the reworking of an existing open-air structure, as well as the design of a new pool and accompanying deck that transformed the backyard just behind the home. The new structure extends further out, providing space for a new outdoor kitchen and ample space for a seating area around a new fireplace.Read More
Topics: Outdoor Living
Though gardens are primarily composed of plants, they can be enhanced with additional features like pathways, retaining wall or structures. Non-plant landscaping elements are referred to as hardscaping, since most of these features are composed of hard materials such as stone or concrete. Hardscaping serves as a framework around which gardens can be arranged, separating planting areas, offering connections between different garden plots, or helping to pull an all-over yard landscape together. Though a hardscape isn't necessary for a beautiful garden, it may be worth considering. See how different hardscape design ideas were used in our outdoor living projects to inspire using the additional elements in your landscape to help your yard feel more put together and usable.
While we all like a good amount of sun, a western-facing back yard without shade can be a bit of a hassle to enjoy on the brightest summer days. That was the case for this Loveland home and it's existing deck. In order to improve the backyard's functionality, a two-story deck and patio was designed that increased the homeowner's outdoor options in a more comfortable arrangement.Read More