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5 Ways to Avoid Costly Mistakes when choosing Outdoor Furniture

We have been talking a lot about outdoor living, and as the nice weather enfolds us, most of us are getting the bug to update our spaces to include the outdoors. Often, as designers we get the question…What furniture should I purchase for outside? Before we can answer though, we ask a few questions of our own so we can avoid Costly Mistakes. What is the shape and layout of your space? Create a Plan starting with your layout of your outdoor space. This helps you make sure you are creating a space that will be cohesive, and it avoids choosing the wrong furniture, when you add new functions as you think of them. In this plan, you should include traffic flow patterns, focal points, function and aesthetic appeal. Who is most likely to use it and for what purpose? Will you entertain, how often? Do you have children? Who is most likely to use the area? Knowing who is most likely to use it, you can then plan what they would get the most enjoyment out of it. Like dining, BBQs, kids play area, quiet reading nooks, entertainment, outdoor theatres, flower or vegetable gardens, pool, spa….endless options. Answering this question can help you in the planning process, making sure you have proper lighting and access to electricity, and enough space allocated for each function, with the right [...]

Ready to Get Outdoors Now? Here are Some Tips to Extend Your Outdoor Season…

  Are you feeling the need to get outdoors earlier this year? You are not alone! Here are a few ways you can extend the time you can enjoy the fresh air and your outdoor living spaces a little longer. Roof and enclosures With strategically placed outdoor living walls, wind blocking structures, and roofs (such as gazebos and pergolas) you can protect your outdoor living spaces from the elements while still being able to enjoy the brisk fresh air and nature as it peaks its head out from the bleak winter. When creating new areas, consider attachable walls and windows for fall and winter. Enclosed porches, whose walls and doors can be removed in summer, can make your outdoor space ideal all year round. Warming Elements Sometimes, even with the peak of the sun, the air can be too brisk.  When choosing outdoor furniture, consider outdoor fabric covers that can easily warm up, and don’t hold the cold as easy as metal and concrete. Consider outdoor rugs to break the chill from the patio stones and decks. Firepits, fire tables, electric fireplaces, patio heaters, and outdoor blanks can make your experience more enjoyable. Hot tubs can keep you warm and outside too! Many even enjoy this outdoor feature in the throws of winter. Lighting For those shorter days when it gets darker earlier, while we wait for [...]

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