3 Questions To Ask Before Building Outdoor Living Spaces

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Outdoor living spaces can add a great deal of curb appeal and equity to any home. Whether the outdoor living space will only be used seasonally, such as in a climate with cold winters, or whether it will be used year round in warm climates, it is important to have a very clear idea of what you want even before you start looking for contractors. A contractor may be a great source of inspiration and ideas, but you first need to know how to fit the outdoor room in with what you need. Here are some questions to ask before starting construction.

How Will The Room Be Used?

First, determine if you plan on using the room for private family enjoyment, entertainment, or as an addition to your garden or pool. Determine the actual purpose of the room. This will help you consider the sizing, what type of flooring or building materials to use and the overall architecture.

For example, if you plan on using the room primarily for private family enjoyment and you have small children, you need to plan on building a safe outdoor living space with slip free flooring or softer materials. If this isn't an issue, you may opt to go with tile flooring or rough-hewn stone corner-pieces.

Will You Use It Year Round?

If you live in a climate that has cold winters, you need to determine if you want your outdoor room to be shut down for the season, or if you want to be able to winterize it for continued use in the cold weather.

Winterizing an outdoor room could consist of installing a fireplace or featuring removable glass or plastic walls that can be put on in the cold months. 

Always consider the climate to help you plan on adapting and using your outdoor room all year round or shutting it down seasonally.

Will It Be Functional Or Decorative?

Will you use your grill and cook up steaks in your outdoor room? If so, you may wish to add counter space, a sink, or other functional items that will allow you to cook, wash up and actually use the outdoor space for a function.

However, if you simply wish for a beautiful place to lounge, you can go with a more simplistic and cozy design.

Be sure to ask yourself these three questions before hiring a contractor, like Land Concepts Inc, for your outdoor living space and you can be sure to get a customized room that will be perfect for your needs. 


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