How to Create an Outdoor Living Space

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Written by Robert Greaves

August 1, 2023

Outdoor living spaces unite the best of both worlds by satisfying the solace you desire without leaving the comfort of your own home. Like many house projects, figuring out how to create an outdoor living space can seem daunting. Whether you’re planning on a DIY outdoor living space or hiring professionals for it, take a step-by-step approach and consider the following aspects we suggest here: the goal, foundation, and aesthetic.

The Goal

First, ask yourself, what’s the purpose of my outdoor living space? Is it to provide an area of peaceful relaxation, entertainment, or both? The goal of your outdoor living space will help create the design. If you need help with a blueprint, our professionals at PCF Custom Designs can help you from start to finish. Having a clear goal for your outdoor living space will also help determine the cost of your project. If your purpose is to entertain guests, you may consider an outdoor kitchen with a design to accommodate lighting, refrigeration, cooktops, entertainment systems and the like. At PCF Custom Designs, we can help make sure that your design is feasible and to code.

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Now that you have your outdoor living design, you’ll want to make sure that your design is built properly. Mindful execution will determine the longevity of your space and can save you a lot of money in the long-run. In the Pacific Northwest, the weather is a significant factor in determining the structural design process. Where is the safest location for your outdoor space to ensure foundational soundness? Will you need an undercover system that incorporates ceiling panels and a gutter system that supports the structure of your space? Is the location designed in such a way where you can continue with future development to your outdoor experience? These are just a few questions that our design specialists at PCF Custom Designs consider when helping our clients create their dream outdoor living design.

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If your design requires an undercover system, you’ll want to consider the various options available that maximize the aesthetic you desire. If an outdoor kitchen is in your design, there are a plethora of aesthetic design elements you’ll need to consider: countertop, bartop, fireplace, ceiling fan, and the like. Considering the weather will eliminate electronics in a roofless outdoor space while understanding safety codes will eliminate firepits without a ceiling fan under a roofed system. Outdoor furnishings that are rust and weather-resistant are key components to consider while accommodating your aesthetic taste. Your budget may not allow you to incorporate everything you want now, but making sure your initial design can accommodate future development can save you a significant amount of money in the long-run. At PCF Custom Designs, we offer financing options to help design and execute your dream outdoor living experience efficiently and effectively from beginning to end.

DIY or Hire Professionals for Your Outdoor Living Space

If the goal is self-gratification in doing-it-yourself, we get it. If the goal is saving money by doing-it-yourself, we suggest hiring a professional like PCF Custom Designs. When life circumstances change and you need to sell your home, a professionally-done outdoor living space will add significant value to your home. PCF Group will save you money in the long-run by doing it correctly from the beginning. Our knowledgeable professionals with over 20 years of experience will make sure the goal of your outdoor living experience incorporates the foundational landscape and aesthetic effectively, while making sure that it is up to code and will pass city and county inspections. We have the tools and experience necessary to avoid catastrophes and unforeseeable challenges. Above all, at PCF Group, we guarantee our work for up to 5 years after completion. This guarantee is rare, but our pride lies in our phenomenal team who set precedence to making the process for our clients interactive, informative, and enjoyable from beginning to end. We can make your dream outdoor living experience a reality. Connect with us by calling (206) 237-5936 (WA) or (503) 922-1024 (OR). We invite you to peruse our galleries of Patio Covers, Undercover Systems, and Decking here:
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Here are some additional tips for creating an outdoor living space:

  • Choose the right location. The location of your outdoor living space is important for both its functionality and its aesthetic appeal. Make sure it’s in a spot that gets plenty of sunlight and is sheltered from the wind and rain.
  • Consider the climate. If you live in a hot climate, you’ll want to choose materials that will stay cool in the sun, such as concrete, stone, or tile. If you live in a cold climate, you’ll want to choose materials that will retain heat, such as wood or brick.
  • Add some privacy. If you want to enjoy your outdoor living space without being disturbed, you may want to add some privacy features, such as a fence, hedge, or pergola.
  • Make it comfortable. Choose furniture that is comfortable and inviting, and add plenty of cushions and pillows for extra comfort. You may also want to add a fire pit or outdoor fireplace for warmth and ambiance.
  • Decorate with plants. Plants add color, texture, and life to any outdoor space. Choose plants that are appropriate for your climate and that will thrive in your outdoor environment.
With a little planning and effort, you can create an outdoor living space that you’ll love to enjoy for years to come.

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