Outdoor Living

Outdoor living in Oak Brook, IL

Your road to outdoor living

First think about how you want to use your space. Is it primarily for entertaining and outdoor dining or other activity? How many people need seating? Do you want a formal dining area with elaborate outdoor dining sets or a more casual party space? When will you use the space most-during the heat of the day or night?

Even if your budget only allows you to do a small part each year, a master plan is important from the onset so you don’t end up changing your focus or your mind. You want to avoid scenarios where you’re replacing outdoor dining sets because they don’t complement the outdoor furniture.

Whether you have an expansive lawn or a small balcony, there are countless outdoor living options to suit your lifestyle and budget. Traditional, sleek and modern, or naturalistic. Whatever your taste, you can find something that will add shape, color and function, and even conceal unflattering elements. Keep in mind that your design should complement the architectural style of your home. Consider a modern outdoor living space with rock gardens and sleek and angular designs, a structured, manicured estate style or a natural, overgrown cottage style. Whatever you decide on, stich with one style for each individual design space before you begin selecting plants, outside furniture, colors, or outdoor dining materials.

If you and your family are on a tight budget or have a small space, start with the outdoor living necessities by anchoring your space with lush outdoor furniture of your choosing to serve as the hub of your entertainment. Arrange seating as you would in a family room to encourage conversation and relaxation. Use comfortable cushions and pillows covered in outdoor fabric liberally. Add large patio umbrellas or build a pergola o Ramada to provide shade. Next, focus on your outdoor dining options. In summer, the best seat in the house is outside, specially at mealtime. Outdoor dining sets come in three basic materials: wood, metal and synthetics, so choose one that suits your lifestyle.

If you want to take your outdoor living experience to the next level, consider adding an outdoor kitchen and bar area or a stone fireplace, for hardscape options, stone walls around the patio are a great way to add extra seating and enhance the feel of the outdoor room. If a swimming pool or spa fits in your budget, you’ll want to plan that early in the design process. A well-designed pool entertainment area can boost your family’s enjoyment. Not to mention the resale appeal of your home.

It takes an expert’s skill and experience to turn your basic backyard into an outdoor living oasis. Make the most of your space with precise planning, an artistic vision and the expertise of a professional design team. A professional designer with a keen eye for style and detail can expertly plan your patio furniture, outdoor kitchen, outdoor bar and more, offering advice on appliances that will last. And most of all, you’ll need a professional with know how to give you the most dazzling entertainment space on the block!

Call us today to plan and design your outdoor living space!