Achieving the Outdoor Living Space You Actually Want 

The recent Dallas-Ft.Worth winter snowstorm left us with a new appreciation for our “normal” Texas winters (and a whole lot of doom and gloom scattered around the exterior of our homes). What’s the bright side here? Mother Nature has officially granted you permission to go for it- it’s time to create the outdoor living space you have always wanted. After all, recent events have clearly proven that the real parties happen outside.

Flashback…

As you’re looking out the window, watching the beautiful, crisp white snow hit the ground, your first thought might have been, “Surely this isn’t going to stick,” and then maybe, “It’s mid-February, how much longer can this snow last?” Mother Nature answered with several inches of snow in and around our Dallas-Ft.Worth area and more snow than most of us have ever seen at once, or ever care to see again. And that’s not even including the record breaking streak of below zero temps… yuck.

During a time when outdoor spaces are a must, there wasn’t much of a silver lining in sight… until now. NOW is your chance to create a functional space for relaxation, fun gatherings, hosting, and entertaining with style and intention. But where do you start? What do you need to consider? Read on for our recommended first steps in achieving the outdoor living space you’ve always wanted. 

 

 

The design of your outdoor space is just as important as the design of your home interior. The style of your outdoor living space should complement the design style of your home’s interior AND architecture, in order to create a feeling of continuity between the interiors and exteriors. 

In addition, and well before selecting styles and color, it’s important to consider the functional needs of your outdoor spaces to achieve the goals of these areas. What’s the intended use for your outdoor space? What activities do you, family members, and/or your guests enjoy the most? Is this space meant to entertain or be a place for rest and relaxation, or both? The way you intend on spending your time in your outdoor space, will guide the design. You’ll begin to better understand your needs and overall have more clarity (and who doesn’t LOVE clarity? This team certainly does!). 

 

What Kind of Space Are You Working With? 

Our firm creates beautiful outdoor living spaces for homes all over the Dallas-Ft. Worth area from large estate homes to urban high rises and lake homes and everything in between. Each home has beautiful one of a kind potential and it’s our job to discover it and bring it to life for our clients. 

Estate homes offer all sorts of exciting ideas for creating outdoor spaces. The challenge becomes effective and efficient use of space. It’s important to first designate living areas or zones to achieve the goals of your space. Once you do, the opportunities are endless. Build in a cozy fireplace or a fire pit – outdoor living is made more special near the glowing ambiance of a fire. Bring the kitchen outdoors with a professional outdoor cooking space. Add bar style seating to create a gathering space, bring in the house chef’s selected outdoor kitchen appliances, and watch the joy ensue! For those that have a little extra space, freestanding retreats are popping up in many backyards. This type of “patio” is nice because it’s separated from the home and gives off the feeling that you’re truly on vacation! Design a pool that aligns to your home and achieves your family’s goals of rest, relaxation and activity. Lastly, with the right landscape design, you can create an outdoor oasis that is full of natural foliage to promote relaxation. 

 

 

Urban Dwellers 

If you’re one of the lucky urbanites living the high rise life, you may be working with limited outdoor space, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add beauty and function. Even a few feet of space can be adequate for a cozy outdoor seating spot! Larger rooftop terraces and smaller balconies alike can both benefit from creative design selections from floor to ceiling windows or bifolding doors, outdoor kitchens with beautiful modern appliances, pergolas, beautiful flooring, the right plants and decor, and intentional lighting. 

 

Lake Living 

There’s something so tranquil and soothing about a lake house. Perhaps it’s the peaceful sounds of lake water and nature just feet away from your own front door or maybe it’s the nostalgic memories of summer days spent by the lake with family and friends. Whatever that feeling is for you, the lake is an ideal focal point for any outdoor design. A large screened-in porch (with retractable screens) paired with outdoor dining allows ample room for lounging and entertaining. Multiple-level decks allow additional vantage points of the lake as well as more livable areas to enjoy, and of course a chef-inspired outdoor kitchen helps you soak up all those lovely summer nights over delicious food and conversation.

 

 

… And Finally, Decorating

Yes, now you get to put the icing on the cake. Making selections for windows, lighting, furniture, flooring, appliances, foliage, and accessories are the finishing touches that everyone looks forward to. This is when you get to put your own personal stamp on the project. And of course, there’s the whole shopping component. Who doesn’t look forward to that part of a design?!

 

 

Putting all of these pieces into motion is when the magic starts to happen. But, it can get a little overwhelming. If the thought of pulling all of these thoughts together feels a bit overwhelming, enlist the help of a professional. We are here to help. 

We’ve designed homes all over the DFW metroplex, including University Park, Highland Park, Preston Hollow, Midway Hollow, North Dallas and Frisco, Westover Hills, Rivercrest, and Crestline in Ft. Worth. We believe that your house should reflect your style, make your life easier, and become the perfect backdrop for your family’s memories. 

If you’re ready to take action on your new outdoor space, give us a call. We would love to help you reimagine your space, design a beautiful outdoor environment, and set the stage for happy gatherings and fond memories for years to come. 

XOXO,

Michelle Lynne