Landscape & Design

By Julie Dionne • June 6, 2018

The art of outdoor living


Why live your life inside, shut away from the beauty of the outside world, when you could live your life outdoors instead? When you create an outdoor space for your home, it doesn't only have to be an area where you grow a few flowers or occasionally sit out in the sun. There's so much you can do with your outdoor space to promote outdoor living and create the perfect place to relax, socialize, eat and drink, and more in all weathers. Successful outdoor living requires careful thought about how to set up your space so that it works for you and suits your tastes.

Creating All-weather Spaces

Outdoor living shouldn't just be for when it's warm and the sun is shining. If you want to make the most of your outdoor spaces, you can think about how to make them more suitable for a range of weather conditions, whether it's the most beautiful summer's day or the middle of winter. Adding any kind of cover to your space will help to make it more suitable for rain and snow, and provide you with shade when the sun is out too. You might also think about adding some things to keep the space warm, such as a fireplace or some outdoor heaters. Water management is also essential if you want to avoid the buildup of stagnant water. Techo-Bloc permeable paving helps to direct water into the ground or into temporary storage in the base structure.


Mixing Socializing and Solitude

Creating the perfect place to socialize is an important part of outdoor living, but you probably want somewhere you can find peace and tranquility too. If you want to create the perfect place for socializing, you should start by considering paving such as a patio or elevated patio that will set you up with an even and attractive surface to work with. One of the ways to create a space that works for both socializing and getting some peace and quiet is to think about different seating options and perhaps creating different zones within your outdoor space. You could have anything from stone benches to sofas and dining spaces.


Eating and Entertainment

Eating outside is one of the great pleasures of outdoor living. And not only can you eat outside but you can cook outdoors too. An outdoor kitchen is definitely something you should consider, whether it means installing a wood fired oven or barbecue, or having a full kitchen space. Our products, including the Grill Island and Forno pizza oven can get you set up with essential and stylish appliances. Combining your cooking area with a kitchen garden is a great idea too. When it comes to other types of entertainment, think about adding technology to your space. Weatherproof televisions or sound systems can be fantastic additions.


Flow Between Indoor and Outdoor

To enhance the feeling of living outdoors even more, creating a smooth flow between indoors and outdoors is a good idea. Using plenty of glass and perhaps bi-folding doors to open up the indoors to outside can help to increase the natural flow. Match up things like flooring, colors and even furniture too so that your outdoor space is in keeping with the style of the rest of your home.


For fun outdoor living, you need the perfect space. Think about how you want to use your outdoor space to get it right.


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