There’s nothing better than being able to entertain your guests inside your backyard, in the fresh air. People feel free out in the open when they can hear the birds chirping and feel the gentle breeze and the warmth of the sun on their faces.
Your outdoor entertaining area can become the heart of your home if you decide to follow some of the tips here. A bit of creativity and goodwill could make wonders next time you have guests around.
1. Comfort and climate control
If you want to spend time in your outdoor area all year round, then you have to feel comfortable in it. In other words, you have to have some control of the climate inside it. Adding a fireplace or fire pit will enable you to spend cooler months outside. Not to mention the fact that the fireplace is excellent for creating a romantic, magical atmosphere in the evening. Alternatively, you can install large space heaters for the outdoor dining area.
On the other hand, the summer months bring different issues. Place a fan inside the outdoor area to cool the air. Even a better solution is to install a water feature or a small pool. An outdoor water feature like a fountain can provide a calming and soothing atmosphere, while a pool can surely add more fun!
2. A deck with sliding or bifold doors
Your living room can be extended outside onto a deck, which can be the same level as your home or you would have to build a few more steps. A deck can be made of various materials and in different ways, so make this decision carefully. If you opt for timber boards, know that they have to be stained and painted. Composite decking boards, on the other hand, will require the least maintenance.
You will also connect the indoor with the outdoor if you install a floor-to-ceiling door. This type of door will not only create a sense of specific area but it will also bring more light into the indoors and make the traffic easier. This seamless transition through the sliding or bifold doors is what potential buyers will love in case you ever choose to sell the house.
3. A pizza oven
A wood-fired pizza oven is something that many of your guests would envy you for. What’s also great is that the pizza flavor from this oven is unlike anything else you’ve tasted. There are ready-made pizza ovens, as well as those that come in kit form so that you can build them on your own.
Also, think about what you will use the oven for. Some pizza ovens have a large door opening so that you can cook other dishes, as well. You can even cook a Christmas turkey in it. You’ll need less cooking time than in a traditional oven while the wood-fired flavor will add to the impression.
4. Protection from elements
Of course, the outdoor entertaining area needs to be protected from the elements so that you can enjoy it any time you want. The sun, wind, and rain – all of them can ruin your experience outside and make your entertainment event harder. It’s a good idea to install a pergola roof that allows you to shelter yourself from too much sun and rain but also to allow the sunlight in when you want it. Additionally, you can install awnings or alfresco blinds on the sides to provide maximum protection at all times of the day. One portion of the area should always be protected so that you can cook and dine there.
5. The living room elements
Consider your outdoor area as a living room and bring out the furniture that’s comfortable enough for you and your guests to be outside for hours. The furniture material depends only on your choice – it can be made of wood, granite, or glass and it will also depend on whether it will be exposed or protected from the elements.
The number of furniture pieces depends on the number of people you are planning to entertain on most occasions. The table could be round or expendable to fit more people. Also, consider couches and benches, not just chairs, to make it more visually appealing. Lastly, bringing out the TV will amaze sports fans – they can enjoy your cooking while also watching the game.
Creating a perfect outdoor entertaining area requires some financial investment. However, all those evenings and pleasant afternoons spent outside with your family and guests will be worth it.
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