Summer is approaching, which means it’s the perfect time to relax outdoors. From outdoor kitchens and fireplaces to elaborate fireside entertainment centers, here are some great outdoor living space ideas to help you create the perfect retreat!

Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor kitchens are an extension of your indoor culinary space, creating an area where good food, good weather, and great friends can all come together. Many homeowners are designing their dream homes with outdoor entertainment in mind, and this is really one of the best options for entertaining guests.

These exciting culinary spaces can feature high-end appliances, expansive counter space, and plenty of guest seating. Many outdoor kitchens incorporate glass, wood, and stone for a more natural appeal.

Outdoor Dining

Outdoor dining spaces are one of the most common outdoor living additions. They typically include both covered and open spaces so that the space can be enjoyed regardless of the weather.

Luxury outdoor dining combines soft lighting, comfortable seating, durable tabletops, and a layout that is conducive to movement, transition, and convenience. These areas come alive with bright and bold accent pieces, contemporary lighting elements, and high-end furniture.

Fire Pits & Fireplaces

A firepit can be a great addition for summer and winter hangouts. Summertime s’mores anyone? How about cozying up to beat the winter chill?

A more sophisticated design may feature a sleek, modern fireplace with clean, straight lines surrounded by luxury patio seating. A stunning gas fireplace paired with cozy and elegant seating can be a peaceful and even romantic touch to your outdoor retreat. For a more rustic look, circular stone fire pits surrounded by natural elements can create a wonderful vibe.

Enhancing Your Pool Area

Chances are your outdoor space will feature a beautiful pool. While simple additions like updated poolside seating can enhance the look of your pool, a beautifully designed poolside retreat can make your pool something truly unique.

Dramatic wooden poolside pergolas, expanded pool decks with more dining and seating options, and design options to host a “dive-in” movie can all be exciting additions to your pool area.

The Lead Up

Many homeowners choose to add a “sense of discovery” into their outdoor design plans. A curved stone or brick pathway bordered by tall trees or bushes is a simple way to mark the entrance of the outdoor space and add a little mystery.

Indoor/Outdoor Transitions

The whole purpose of an outdoor entertainment space is to serve as an addition to your indoor space. Sliding glass doors that can be pushed open can create a seamless transition from indoors to outdoors.

If you are trying to create a more private and secluded space, an entrance from a master bedroom or backdoor may make the most sense. If your retreat is designed to be a more central space for guests to enjoy, a location off the kitchen or main living room may be most conducive to your entertainment plans.

The View & Privacy Considerations

If you’ve got a view, show it off! As you design your dream outdoor living space, keep the view in mind. Design the layout so that you can cook in your outdoor kitchen while overlooking the mountains, or set your firepit up in such a way that the fire dances with the pool in the background.

While you consider the view, also consider your privacy. If you want to enjoy the view but do not want everyone else to enjoy the view of you, include elements in your outdoor design that keeps your space private. A wood fence or privacy hedges may be a good option.

Design Your Outdoor Oasis With The Anderson Studio

Your outdoor living space should reflect your personality. It should incorporate all of the elements that are important to you, whether they are privacy and tranquility or openness and entertainment. However you envision your perfect outdoor retreat, The Anderson Studio of Architecture and Design can help you bring it to life.