Designing Your Outdoor Living Space

The concept of outdoor living spaces has grown in popularity in recent years, and for good reason. Stretching your living space beyond the confines of your home’s four walls adds an incredible value to your investment and your lifestyle. By bringing the indoors out, whether it be onto a deck or patio, you can maximize the potential of your new home.

Imagine propping up your feet after a long day, wine glass in hand, taking in the stars above. Or grilling steaks for a crowd on Saturday night. Or scoring big in your favorite board game on Family Game Night in summer. This lifestyle can be yours with special attention to designing an outdoor living space that serves as a destination, an oasis from the trappings of everyday life.

Designing the Space

So, you’ve decided an outdoor living space is worth the investment. How do you make it happen? First, you’ll need to decide whether you desire a front-of-the-home space or an extension off the back of your home (or maybe you want both!). Next, determine the physical characteristics of your space. Will you erect permanent walls (or half walls), or does a more whimsical structure such as a pergola better match what you envision? Will it be open air or screened-in? Do you desire the shelter of a roof or the shade of a vigorous grapevine? Scour the web for ideas and jot down possibilities as they inspire you. 

What Is Your “Why”?

Once you’ve got some ideas, it’s time to pin down your purpose for the space, as this will significantly guide the final layout. 

What is your top priority for your outdoor living space? 

  • Will it serve as an extension of your kitchen, featuring a built-in grill, prep surfaces, and other elements that will transform your warm-weather cooking routine? 
  • Will it be a space for entertaining guests, featuring abundant seating and room to mingle?
  • Or will it be a tranquil haven for self-reflection and cozy communication (think intimate chats by the fireplace)?  

Answering this question of purpose will deliver clarity and direction for your space design.

Decorating Your Outdoor Space

You’ve created your space; now it’s time for the truly fun part: decorating. Your personal style will shape the vibe of the space. Do you have a mood or theme in mind for the space? Consider the following elements and how they may complement each other to achieve your desired style for the space. 

  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Textiles
  • Accents/decor
  • Color

Your choices will place your ultimate stamp of style on the outdoor living space, so move forward with a clear vision. 

With warm months ahead, there is no better time to dream up your ideal outdoor living space. What will such a place do to boost your everyday life?


Ready to elevate your lifestyle? Bill Roberts Custom Homes has been Edmond, Oklahoma’s, trusted custom home builder for more than 40 years. From design to move in, our knowledgeable team guides new homeowners on their journey to dream-home ownership through a thoughtful, communicative, and time-tested process. Contact us today to get started; we look forward to making your dream home a reality.

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