Design Your Perfect Outdoor Living Space | Wichita Home Remodeling

One of the best ways to extend the living space for you and your family is to build an outdoor oasis. Whether you have a small or a large yard, you likely have enough space to create a spectacular outdoor living area. The trick is to understand your design options and to find the look that’s right for your family.

Here’s a look at the top five design tips for creating the perfect outdoor living space.

Select the Right Patio Size

When it comes to creating the ideal outdoor living space size does matter. The first thing you want to consider is how you want to use your outdoor space. How much seating do you need? Do you plan to cook outside? What other ways do you want to use your outdoor space?

Another factor you need to consider is the size of your backyard. While great outdoor spaces can be built in both small and large yards, you must determine how much space you have available to build an outdoor patio. Understanding what your needs are and how much space you have available will help you select the right patio size.

Focus on the Details

As with any home renovation, the design is in the details. Don’t start any patio or deck remodel until you have a vision for what you want the space to look like when it’s completed. Once you have an idea for how you want to use the area, you can focus on the more specific details of the design.

For example, knowing what type of color scheme, seating, greenery, and lighting you want to use in your outdoor space will make sure various features are in place, such as electrical outlets, direct or indirect sunlight, railings, and steps. Having everything included in your patio design right from the start can help to save you money and ensure that the final product is exactly how you envisioned it.

Create Outdoor Shade

You can extend the use of your outdoor living space by preparing for the hot summer days. The best way to maintain comfort when enjoying your outdoor area during the summer months is to have ample shade. While shade cannot reduce the actual temperature outside, it can make it feel anywhere from 10 to 15 degrees cooler.

This comfort difference could mean the difference between having dinner on the back deck or being forced to stay inside. There are several ways you can add shade to your outdoor space, including planting large shade trees, using a patio umbrella, added an awning to your patio or porch, or building a screened-in porch area. No matter which option you choose, you’ll be glad you did once summer comes.

Consider a Firepit

A fire pit can be the perfect addition to any outdoor living space. Just think about it – sitting around the crackling fire at night, helping the kids roast marshmallows, or sipping wine with the glowing firelight in the background. What’s not to love. These are just some of the reasons firepits have become extremely popular in recent years.

One of the best things about firepits is that there are so many different shapes, sizes, and styles available that you are sure to find the right one for you. But if you don’t, you can have a custom firepit built into your outdoor living space design. Before you settle for a firepit, it’s essential to check the regulations in your specific location. Some neighborhoods limit the type and size of firepit you can have.

Invest in an Outdoor Kitchen

If you really want to make the most of your outdoor space, consider investing in an outdoor kitchen. While a simple grill is ideal for grilling hotdogs and hamburgers for the family, a built-in outdoor kitchen allows you to take your cooking skills to the next level. Custom-built outdoor kitchens can be as big or as small as your needs require.

These kitchens can include everything from grills to pizza ovens and wine coolers to full-size refrigerators and everything in between. If you decide to add an outdoor kitchen in your design, be sure to work closely with your patio and deck remodeling contractors to find a plan that meets your needs and fits your budget.

Start Planning With Wichita Outdoor Living Remodelers

For more insight into building the ideal outdoor living space, turn to the remodeling experts at Southwestern Remodeling. They have been helping homeowners throughout Southcentral Kansas design the right areas for their families for nearly 50 years, and they are ready to help you. Take the first step to building your outdoor oasis by contacting Southwestern Remodeling today.