Take it Outside
Whether you’re dreaming of an urban oasis to Zen out, or looking to create a kid-friendly escape for the whole family, a successful outdoor reno starts with planning. You’ve perused magazines and images on Pinterest to help visualize the look and feel. Now it’s time to ask yourself a few pointed questions. Who’s going to use the space? What will it be used for most often? Are there secondary uses for the space? What can you do to future-proof your yard, so it continues to meet your needs for years to come?
Identifying zones for play, entertaining, outdoor storage and relaxation will help to map out the location of gardens and green space, patio furnishings, outdoor entertaining areas and even power sources. By developing the right plan, your outdoor space will be powered to perform.
The options for outdoor spaces are endless. Entertainers can create indoor/outdoor living areas that are an extension of the home. Consider a pizza oven or outdoor kitchen, comfortable sectional seating and a dining table with cozy chairs under a pergola with strings of lights overhead. You can set a mood outdoors just like you would indoors. But remember, outdoor electrical needs must be rated for exterior use and reviewed with your Licensed Electrical Contractor.
If it’s a pool or a water feature you’re after, start your planning early. Work with a design professional to select the style and shape of the pool. Don’t forget to incorporate outdoor lighting (always a good idea) to highlight the pool’s best features and other elements of your outdoor oasis you want to showcase.
To get the outdoor retreat you’ve been dreaming of, start your planning early and work with a design professional and Licensed Electrical Contractor.
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