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Plan Ahead for Maximum Use of Your Outdoor Space

Be sure to include multiple types of outdoor living areas (eating, lounging, sitting, etc.) when designing your outdoor space. Whether you decide to add all these areas at once or section by section, you’ll be glad that you didn’t add a single porch or patio area only to find out that it limits (or eliminates) your future options. By considering information relevant to your site along with your personal ideas and desires, Atlanta Porch & Patio can help you maximize the use of your outdoor space.

Consider Your Existing Conditions

What already exists on site and how is your site laid out? You’ll want to take steps to preserve a great view while you may wish to block an undesirable view with a fence, hedge, or screen.

Create Zones

Create zones for the most important activities that you will be doing on a regular basis. Do you want a secluded sanctuary? Do you do a lot of entertaining? Maybe you want spaces that can do both. Two popular choices are an outdoor kitchen and living area.

  • Outdoor Kitchen: Just as the kitchen is the heart of your home, it should also be the heart of your outdoor living space. By adding a grill (or wood-fired pizza oven), refrigerator, sink, and food prep areas you’ll save yourself the back and forth trips into your home when preparing a meal. In addition to the appliances needed in this area, you also need to consider seating. Ask yourself if you want bar seating, a large dining table, small conversationally grouped seating, or a combination of all types.
  • Living Room: This social area needs to accommodate a variety of situations, from relaxing with a book or playing cards with a group of your friends. Create the comfortable, intimate feeling of your interior living room with a variety of couches, chairs, and tables.

By taking time now to plan how large you want these spaces (and an endless variety of other options) and how you want them to configure into your layout, you will save a lot of future hassles, stress, and money.

Create a Traffic Pattern

You also need to pay attention to the traffic patterns between these spaces and connecting your indoor and outdoor space. By adding a walkway design you will clearly separate your outdoor zones while directing foot traffic between multiple areas (entrances, exits, secluded areas, etc.) Also, planning your traffic pattern from the beginning will eliminate the possibility of confusing or ill-planned walkways.

Our mission is to turn our clients’ ideas, dreams, and visions into personalized, tangible outcomes to enjoy for years to come. That is why we always stress the importance of multiple outdoor spaces to accommodate your current and future needs. Let us help you create your ultimate outdoor space. Our team of builders and craftsmen are licensed, insured, and always up to date on trends, products, designs, and building codes. As a client of Atlanta Porch & Patio, you’ll rest easy knowing that each step of your project will be performed to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and dependability. Call us today and let’s get started.