How I Designed my own Outdoor Living Space
This year my husband and I decided that it was finally time to tackle our backyard and front yard renovation. Being a fairly new subdivision, there is almost no charm, character or curb-appeal in the outdoor spaces on our street. The builder provides each lot with grass, and that's it! Our outdoor space was so uninviting that, in the five years that we've lived here, I had spent almost no time outside at all. This was devastating to me, since, those of you who know me know how much I love nature. As our grass turned to weeds and my longing for an outdoor space increased, I finally convinced my husband that an outdoor renovation project was necessary to be able to fully enjoy our home and utilize it to it's maximum potential.
The trick to creating a space that is both practical and beautiful is to bring two very important design elements together: Function and Aesthetic. Continue reading to learn more about my design process.
Part 1: Function
I love to entertain, but the limited space in our little semi-detached home often made it difficult to host large groups. My goal for my backyard was to essentially add overall square-footage to my home, and to have a functional layout that would accommodate the backyard BBQs, dinner parties and cocktail parties that I wanted so desperately to host.