Over the years, one specific area of the home has come a long way in terms of design – the outdoor living space! At one time this space was used for typical patio furniture, maybe a few planters, and possibly even a grill. Now, homeowners are having remodeling contractors create outdoor spaces that look more like an indoor living space. How can you give your outdoor space an updated makeover?
One of the key ways outdoor living has changed is by of the addition of technology. Due to the modern conveniences of flat screen TVs, it is easy to hang a television anywhere you want, including outside. It isn’t hard to make it work – just remember to install the television in an enclosed space to guard it from the elements.
In addition, more homeowners want to include outdoor kitchen areas in their backyard designs. Nothing beats having a barbeque with everything you need right at your fingertips! Country Creek Builders’ in-house design team is here to help you create the backyard of your dreams… Typically for an outdoor kitchen you will want to make sure you have space for a sink and a small refrigerator, a cooktop and/or gas grill – the possibilities are virtually endless. Here is a helpful trick: if you are having your basement remodeled with a brick or stone fireplace, use any extras to build around your appliances. By combining the modern look of stainless steel with a rustic break of brick or stone, it will give a nice contrast to your appliances and offer a more outdoorsy style.
Of course, no outdoor living space would be complete without incorporating a comfortable seating and gathering place — kitchen islands, bar areas with stools, and outdoor tables are just a few options to consider. Any of these can be designed out of a variety of materials that will both meet your families needs, AND withstand the many elements of Minnesota weather!
Finally, after a delicious dinner outside, why not finish off the evening with s’mores around a newly built fire pit? Your family and friends will enjoy relaxing under the night sky while sitting around a beautiful fire. Today’s fire pits are much more custom than the traditional freestanding iron clad pit from years ago. Remember, if you are having any brick work done indoors, use some of the same bricks to build a more modern fire pit. Bringing the same brickwork outside helps tie the indoor and outdoor designs together, creating an inviting, cohesive living space.
Now is the perfect time to look at your backyard and think about what YOU can do to update and extend your living space outdoors. With so many options to choose from, the sky’s the limit for creating a space that reflects your own unique style.