5 tips for your outdoor living space. Everyone could use more living space, so why not expand to the outdoors? It’s a great way to connect with nature in a relaxing, beautiful setting all in the comfort of your backyard

Often, people think an outdoor living space is only used to entertain guests. However, it can be the perfect place to unwind at home alone or with family if you’re not the type to throw parties, and although it’s an inexpensive project it can significantly increase the value of your property.

If you’re looking to start a new project or improve the space you already have, then check out these tips to create the perfect outdoor oasis.

  1. Define Your Outdoor Living Space

Whether you’re starting from scratch or perfecting an existing area, it’s best to define the size and location of your space. Paying attention to available space will smooth out the design process and give you a better idea of what you can and can’t do. 

If you already know you’re adding elements like outdoor fireplaces, they can be built to fit in virtually any outdoor living space but it’s still important to plan the layout ahead of time. To define your outdoor living space:

  • Choose the best location depending on how much room you want
  • Be sure to choose level ground, and layout floor measurements
  • Consider wall heights (if applicable)
  1. Choose Design Elements

The list of potential design elements is endless. Indiana can get hot, so most people opt for brick patios for flooring. Brick resists temperature influx and remains cool and creates an optimal lounge space when you want to relax outside and enjoy the sun. It also comes in multiple shades and can be laid in all sorts of design styles. Whether you’re looking for a classic look or a more modern design, professional masons can tailor a brick patio to fit your style.

Walls and ceilings can also be added to outdoor living spaces and are completely dependent on personal preference. They can ensure optimal protection from rain or snow or simply provide a more private area.

  1. Add Furnishings

The second most important element to add is the furnishings. Furnishings that fit the space create a sense of flow and expansiveness and perfect the aesthetic you’re trying to achieve.

Consider what you plan to use your outdoor living space for to refine your furniture search. If you plan on using it for dining, consider outdoor dinette sets. If your goal is to create a relaxing space, consider end tables, coffee tables, etc. When you’re choosing chairs, sofas, or benches for an outdoor room, make sure it’s something comfortable.

  1. Invest in Lasting Outdoor Furniture

Choosing outdoor furniture stretches beyond style and comfort. You want something durable that’s able to withstand all types of weather year-round. Just like indoor furniture, wear and tear happen over time, but weather-resistant furniture will prevent you from having to replace it year after year. 

It rains often in Indianapolis, so try opting for furniture made of resin wicker, rust-resistant sling aluminum, or thick plastic. Wrought iron is a popular material, but it’s more apt to absorb moisture and rust quickly. Wood is also exceedingly popular, but make sure it’s coated with weather-resistant resin to prevent swelling.

  1. Accessories

Attractive accessories like outdoor fireplaces are a great way to add functional flare. They’re warm and inviting and give you the chance to use your outdoor living space despite colder weather after dark. Whether made of stone, brick, or other material, these structures also form a dramatic focal point and give your backyard a sophisticated glow.

If you don’t opt for walls and ceilings, a large shade umbrella or an awning is a good addition to help protect you and increase the likelihood of being able to enjoy your space more often, rain or shine.

Additional Information

Creating the perfect outdoor living space doesn’t have to take a long time or a large budget. Whether you want to create a picture-perfect entertainment area or want a cozy, intimate conversation area to relax with family and friends, Brick + Ember Outfitters can make your dream a reality. 

Masonry materials such as brick or stone are perfect for outdoor space design and functionality. They’re non-combustible, have a high thermal mass, and are beautiful and versatile. We offer a variety of sizes, colors, and textures to achieve a look that fits your personality. Our team of masonry experts can build outdoor fireplace structures, walls, patios, and floor spaces, and any other structure you want to implement in your backyard.

If you’re in the greater Indianapolis area, looking to create an oasis, and increase your home’s value, we want to hear from you.