Inspiration for Ideal Outdoor Living

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All of us would love to have a nice outdoor living space, and it wouldn’t matter if it’s big or small. As long as it’s comfortable enough to make us feel relaxed, our outdoor living area would be a recreational haven for us and our loved ones.

So, how can you turn your outdoor space into the perfect hangout where you can spend hours on end in a cozy chair, reading a book, with patio shades protecting you from the elements?
Here are some ideas that you might find useful.

Leah and Justin's patio

A dining set here and an outdoor rug there can transform a concrete patio.

1. Build a patio or terrace.

You have to build a patio, or a terrace, to have a living space right next to your house. It’s all about putting up a hard, flat surface in your backyard where you can set furniture.

You can build a patio or terrace from a wide range of materials, including concrete, brick and pavers.


Furniture designer sanding a wooden chair frame

Want to save money? Build your own outdoor seating. (DepositPhotos)

2. Buy or build outdoor furniture.

Once your patio is done, fill it with furniture such as a dining set and seating to surround a fire pit for cooler months.

When buying outdoor furniture, you need to consider the weather. Do you live in an area where it’s hot and dry and is it windy there? How often does it rain?

Wood furniture splinters and cracks in hot and dry weather. If your patio furniture is aluminum, expect it to go flying when strong winds hit. And with all that moisture from the rain, wicker patio furniture won’t be doing well and might rot early.

Alternatively, you can build outdoor furniture for a unique look with a story behind it.





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Inspiration for Ideal Outdoor Living