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Outdoor Sanctuary: Elevate Your Outdoor Living Space with 10 Features

Posted by Lane Cooper on Jun 9, 2023 9:03:00 AM

As the weather warms up, many homeowners want to enhance their outdoor living spaces for relaxing, entertaining, and enjoying the great outdoors. Whether you have a sprawling backyard or a small patio, there are many features you can incorporate to create a stunning outdoor retreat. From covered outdoor living spaces with fireplaces and outdoor kitchens to poolside lounges and stylish outdoor furniture, the possibilities for creating a luxurious and functional outdoor living space are endless. In this blog, we'll explore some of the top outdoor living features to consider when designing your backyard oasis, with a focus on premium design and construction.

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Features for Your Portland Outdoor Living Space

Outdoor Kitchen

An outdoor kitchen can transform an ordinary backyard into a luxurious outdoor living space perfect for entertaining guests or relaxing with family. Consider including a built-in grill, sink, refrigerator, and prep station. Add an outdoor bar area, complete with a built-in beverage center or wine cooler to take your experience to the next level. When planning your outdoor kitchen, consider integrating it into your backyard design ideas with features such as a pergola or pavilion to create a shaded area for cooking and dining or locate it near your indoor kitchen with a pass-through window for easy serving and flexibility.

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Outdoor Fireplaces and fire pits

Fire features are a great way to add both warmth and aesthetic appeal to your outdoor living space. A fire pit or fireplace can serve as a focal point for your backyard, creating a cozy gathering spot for family and friends. For a more modern approach, consider incorporating smart outdoor heating solutions, such as a wall-mounted outdoor heater or freestanding gas fire pit. These heating options can also pair nicely with covered outdoor living spaces with a fireplace to create a space to enjoy even on colder evenings.

Covered Outdoor Living Spaces

A covered outdoor living space can offer protection from the sun, rain, and other elements, allowing you to enjoy your backyard space in comfort all year round. You can choose from a variety of options, including pergolas, pavilions, or even a covered outdoor kitchen. Upgrade to app-controlled shades you can adjust for the perfect amount of cover in every situation. Add aesthetic backyard features such as outdoor furniture, fire features, and outdoor lighting design to create a warm and inviting space that's perfect for entertaining or relaxing. When designing your covered outdoor living space, consider using natural materials such as wood or stone for a more organic look that complements your modern house backyard.

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Pools and Spas

A pool or spa can serve as the centerpiece of your outdoor living space, offering a refreshing escape from the summer heat. Consider incorporating additional features such as waterfalls, fountains, or even underwater lighting to create a fully immersive experience. You may also want to consider adding an outdoor shower or bath area to make the transition from pool to indoor living space more seamless. 

Landscaping and Garden Features

Landscaping and garden features can help create a natural, tranquil setting for your outdoor living area. Consider adding a water feature, such as a fountain or pond, to create a calming atmosphere. You can also incorporate garden sculptures, such as a statue or trellis, to add visual interest to your backyard sanctuary. To create a cohesive aesthetic, choose outdoor furniture and decor that complements the colors and textures of your landscaping.

Outdoor Audio and Video Systems

An outdoor audio and video system can help create a perfect atmosphere for your outdoor living space. Consider installing outdoor speakers, a flat-screen TV, or even a projection screen for an outdoor movie night. For added convenience, you may also consider equipping your outdoor kitchen or bar area with a built-in sound system.

Outdoor Lighting

Proper lighting can help create a warm, inviting ambiance in your outdoor living area, and can also improve safety and security. Consider installing landscape lighting, path lighting, and even motion-activated security lighting to help create a functional and inviting outdoor space. For a more aesthetic backyard, consider adding string lights or pendant lighting to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Additionally, you can incorporate lighting into water features or under seating areas to add visual interest and depth to your outdoor living space.

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Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor furniture can help create a comfortable and stylish space for entertaining guests or relaxing with family. Choose furniture pieces that are designed to withstand the elements, such as outdoor sofas, chairs, and tables made from weather-resistant materials. For added comfort, consider incorporating outdoor cushions and throw pillows in coordinating colors and patterns. When selecting outdoor furniture, choose pieces that complement the overall design aesthetic of your outdoor sanctuary.

Outdoor Art and Decor

Outdoor art and decor can add a unique touch to your outdoor living space, helping to make it feel like an extension of your indoor living area. Consider incorporating features such as a sculpture, mural, or outdoor rug to add visual interest and depth to your backyard area. 

Outdoor Workspaces

An outdoor workspace can be a great addition to your backyard, providing a peaceful and inspiring environment for work or creative pursuits. Consider adding a desk or table, comfortable seating, and even a small garden or potted plants to create a tranquil and productive space. For added convenience, you may also consider adding a covered outdoor living space with a fireplace or heating element to extend your outdoor workspace into the cooler months.

Your Remodel Shouldn’t Stop at Your Door

Creating an outdoor sanctuary can not only enhance the beauty of your home but also provide a place for relaxation, entertainment, and connection with nature. By incorporating some of the outdoor living features that catch your eye, you can create a luxurious and functional space that reflects your unique style and needs. If you're ready to take the next step in designing your dream outdoor living space in Portland, contact COOPER Design Build for a consultation. Our experienced team can help you bring your vision to life with expert design and construction services. Don't hesitate to reach out and start creating your perfect outdoor oasis today!

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