Wednesday, 27 April 2016 15:46

How to Create a Usable Outdoor Space

Usable Outdoor SpaceIn Virginia, the seasons can be long, and the Great Outdoors are usually beautiful. Doesn't it only make sense to create usable outdoor space that allows you to take advantage of both of these regional characteristics to their full potential?

Usable outdoor space isn't as hard to create as you might think -- sometimes you just need a little creativity (or someone who's already done the online investigating!) Here are a few ways you can create usable outdoor space on your property:

Find the Right Furniture
Different types of outdoor furniture weren't only created to appeal to varying tastes of consumers; they're often meant to compliment unique spaces. Choose furniture that optimizes your deck, patio, or garden. You'll want to allow enough room to walk around it without making people feel like they're too distant to converse if they're sitting on it.

Extend Your Space with Pavers
Decks and patios can come with their own challenges and expenses. You may be faced with regulation or property barriers that prevent the implementation of porches. When you're trying to create usable outdoor space, don't rule out the idea of pavers or wood planks to elongate your outside living area.

Dream Big, Even if the Space is Small
Outdoor spaces have come a long way in the last few years, and even the smallest of spaces can be designed to be enjoyed the way nature intended. Multi-tiered decks are a great way to add dimension and separation to outdoor spaces. If you don't have room for a full-fledged patio, consider adding a gazebo to your backyard with a beautiful walkway to guide you and your guests from the house. The walkway alone can present visitors with your personal style based on variations of pavement, rocks, or wood.

Bring the Inside Out
Take into account the things you love to do when you're inside your home, and bring them outside. Do you love to cook? Entertain? Read? Everything you do inside can enhance your experience outside, especially if you plan accordingly for the things that truly bring you joy. Furniture, appliances, and the perfect setup can all do their part to help you bring the inside out so you enjoy your Great Outdoors.

Woodscape Construction is a premier deck builder in Virginia. If you'd like to learn how you can enhance or create usable outdoor space, give us a call or drop us a line!

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deck3916Virginia's mild climate is the envy of many places in the US, and your family can take advantage of it with a well-designed outdoor living space. If you want to beautify your home, get the most out of your environment, and treat your family to a special spot, here's how to approach it:

 

Define your dream

What sorts of outdoor activities draw your family together? Are you the sorts to host impressive grillouts which show off culinary skills, or the types to gather around a simpler fire pit for conversation and roasted marshmallows? Would you rather have a garden path full of little surprises and secluded nooks or a place to stretch out, doze in the sun, and enjoy the vista of a backyard butterfly garden? Envision how you would like to use your space, and proceed from there.

 

Find inspiration

When you know what you want, feed your imagination by researching similar projects. Take notes on the designs you find that make you feel happy or excited. Take note of the outdoor space you have to work with, as well as the geographical spaces of your yard: you can use those details to refine your search. A hilly yard, for example, might not be the best place for a patio – but it could lend itself well to a terraced garden, or you might choose to create a level floor by constructing a deck attached to your home.

 

Contact the experts

When you have your ideas, it's time to contact the experts. Look up testimonials and reviews, and speak to friends and neighbors who have undertaken a renovation project to create an outdoor living space. Then bring your ideas to the company you've chosen. Renovation experts can help you understand the implications of your design – not just in cost, but also in beauty and livability. They can also help you refine your design to better suit your needs in terms of aesthetics, terrain, and expense. Experts might even be able to help you see where a design you never thought was possible can be built for your home.

 

If you're exploring the idea of beautifying your home with an outdoor living space, contact us at Woodscape Construction today! We're proud to help homeowners realize their dreams, and offer expert guidance through every step of the process.

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Designing a Deck in VirginiaAs a homeowner, you have the awesome opportunity to alter your home to match your mood and create enhancements that capture the beauty of the place where you've chosen to own property.  With Virginia's stunning landscape available at every angle, a deck, porch, patio, or outdoor entertaining space seems only natural. If you're considering designing a deck for your Virginia home, check out these tips:

 

Are You Going It Alone?  

DIY is a great idea in theory, but if you're construction novice, you might want to consider hiring help to help you through the process.  Event the "easiest" of deck projects can become moderate to hard obligations for experienced handymen, so if you're on the fence, you should at least bring in a professional for a consultation.

 

What's The Optimal Solution?

Decks, porches, and patios come in a seemingly endless array of shapes, sizes, and sorts.  You'll want to have an idea of what you want in mind, but you'll also need to understand which options are optimal for your particular property.  Here are some things to think about:

  • Have you done your homework to understand if your property is better suited for a deck or a patio?
  • Will you need stairs or protective railings?
  • How elaborate do you want your deck to be?  Are you imagining a raised deck with stairs, a two-story wonderland with multiple entrances, or a simple single-story space on which you can enjoy the world around you?

 

What's Your Budget?

Everything mentioned above is a baseline that begins with your ideal deck or patio, but money will make the final determination.  You can get a rough estimate by using a deck calculator so you have a reasonable grasp of your project's cost before you even begin.  If you've decided to use a professional company to help you as you're designing a deck and completing the construction, make sure you get estimates from your company of choice, and ask questions if you don't understand something.  Breaking your budget midway through can have devastating results, so you'll want to have a solid understanding of the financial implications before you even start designing a deck.

 

Can You Find Examples?

If you have a design in mind, try to find real-life examples even if you combine several pictures to get the perfect sample.

Looking for a little help designing a deck?  Check out our Woodscape Construction Project Planning Guide!

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