Homeowners in Maryland can’t wait for the weather to get warmer so we can enjoy our outdoor spaces again! For those who don’t already have a patio or deck, or those who do have one but it could use some upgrades, now is the perfect time to plan your project for an outdoor living space and kitchen! Adding an outdoor living space and kitchen is a great way to extend your home living space and increase your home value. Before you bury yourself in the details and customizations of your project, consider these design tips for your perfect outdoor living space and kitchen.
You’ll want to think through the placement and layout for your living space and kitchen. This may require you to add on to your existing patio square footage to accommodate the changes. An outdoor kitchen can act as an extension of your indoor kitchen, so consider a safe and strategic pathway from one point to the other. Will your outdoor space be too close to your property line or a pool or garden? Will you have enough privacy from the surrounding trees or fence? You may even want to consider installing some sort of awning or pergola to give your outdoor space some shade during the sunny hotter months.
Lighting is essential for your outdoor space as well. For your outdoor kitchen, you’ll want ample light while you cook or prep food, especially for evening time get-togethers. Make sure to install safe outdoor lighting that can withstand exposure to the elements year-round. LED lights are bright and won’t warm up the lit areas. Another fine idea is to install pendant lights or ceiling fans with lights overhead.
Generally, outdoor kitchen appliances are made of stainless steel. When it comes to the construction of other elements, homeowners still have plenty of choices. Cabinets and countertops should be made with weather and pest-resistant materials. Cabinets can be made from teak wood, stainless steel, or high-quality polymer. Elegant outdoor kitchen countertop options include stone tile, quartz, marble, and soapstone. Most patios and living spaces are paved with stone masonry. It helps emphasize the outdoor natural aspect of the area. Finish decorating the living space with canvas, wicker, wood, and recycled plastic constructed furniture.
While you plan out your outdoor living space and kitchen design, don’t forget to include ideas that will make your extended living space feel like your home. A firepit is a lively and beautiful gathering space for summertime fun. Another fun addition would be to add bar seating to the kitchen area. Then, you could prepare and enjoy refreshing drinks with friends and family.
Outdoor Spaces from Smith & Son’s Contracting
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