When updating your home, the best place to start is the exterior. Adding additional living space to your backyard is the ultimate way to extend your entertainment areas. Live beyond the walls of your house and explore the beautiful nature around you.

However, you should remember a few things when creating the perfect patio space. This is where you can start your day with coffee, host a small get-together, or spend your summer afternoons. The transformation of this area requires planning and expert design skills to ensure that your outdoor space aligns with local regulations, has proper irrigation, and doesn’t overwhelm your space.

Here are a few dos and don’ts of creating a cozy outdoor living space.

Do: Consider Your Lifestyle

When you’re designing your patio, it’s essential that you consider your family’s lifestyle and hobbies. What are your intentions for the patio? Do you want an area to relax, entertain, cook, or all the above? How you design your outdoor living space depends on what it’s for and who’s using it.

Don’t: Enclose Yourself Completely

The nature surrounding your backyard makes your outdoor living space and is a major part of the planning process. Pay attention to the sun exposure, wind directions, privacy, and overall yard ambiance. If your outdoor space has a lot of sun exposure, you may feel tempted to enclose your patio.

Closing off your patio defeats the purpose of an outdoor living area. Opt for a pergola or shade structure instead of enclosing your space. This will allow the natural breeze to come in.

Do: Mix and Match Design Elements

Mixing and matching design elements is another tip for creating a cozy outdoor living space. Incorporating different textures, colors, and patterns is a great way to give your space life. Use natural elements like leafy foliage, flowers, succulents, or bamboo to add a cozy and inviting feeling to your space. If you plan on using your patio for entertainment, add a firepit, coffee table, and additional seating to make it the ultimate hangout spot.

Don’t: Overwhelm Your Space

Although we just said to decorate your space with various colors, textures, and patterns, you want to ensure your patio is manageable. If your patio is multipurpose, create divisions with your furnishings and decorations. Whether you play with furniture grouping or gate off sections, you want to keep the clutter minimal. Add lighting, plants, or walkways to create visible divisions.

At A Plus Landscaping, we can transform your space into the coziest outdoor living area you could dream of. We’re always looking forward to our next patio hardscaping project and upgrading yard spaces. If you’re interested in our services, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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