Spring is nearly upon us and alternative ways to entertain while social–distancing have become a necessity. Outdoor living has been an increasingly popular exterior design trend in our region for a decade now. Yet, designing for multi-use space outdoors has taken on new importance since early 2020. Families are becoming more creative, and more intentional, with their previously neglected outdoor spaces. From balconies to backyards to three season rooms, we’ll show you how you can transform your home’s exterior into a year-round cozy outdoor living escape.
Design has no boundaries
Since the pandemic, we’ve seen more interest with families wanting to elevate their outdoor spaces. The importance of a nearby escape has been heightened significantly and our team looks at outdoor living through a health, wellness and entertainment lens.
This covered porch had good bones, but needed touches of color and personality. Bright and bold throw pillows, a little greenery and a new outdoor rug gave this space a fresh appeal. Sliding doors leading to the dining and living rooms, offer this family a choice to expand entertainment onto their newly designed covered porch.
Similarly, we transformed this screened porch into a sophisticated, cozy outdoor experience. It was designed for a Wendell, N.C., family to relax, lounge and play board games together, featuring an attractive combination of functionality and cheerful décor.
Functional outdoor entertaining
After five months of being at home, Rima decided she wanted a serene oasis as a refuge after a long day. The transformation of her backyard became a space where she can entertain friends and family one day. For now, it’s the perfect place for solitude.
Flagstone pavers and landscaping stone were repurposed with a new layout to incorporate a gas fire pit and create a cozy seating configuration. Intentional design often utilizes existing materials, mixing them with new furnishings, plantings and other features to create a comfortable, cost-effective update. An important reminder for any outdoor remodeling project is to plan for proper drainage to avoid backyard water collection. The result here is a magical outdoor living space for new family experiences.
Bringing wellness ideals into design
Design has no boundaries. Patios, sunrooms, and three season rooms can also benefit from intentional design. Bring the outside-in with unique greenery and bring the inside-out with fun rugs and eco-friendly unique home accessories.
We furnished this beautiful semi-conditioned three season room in Cary, N.C. It was important to our client that we include sustainable materials in the furnishings without compromising comfort. The family wanted to make this their main hangout space, and mild North Carolina weather helps to make this perfect for three season enjoyment. They now enjoy their space as an indoor-outdoor wellness retreat for dining and family fun.
Have you been contemplating your home’s potential for exterior living? Let’s talk about the possibilities.