Outdoor Rooms – Gotta Have One!

Hi Guys, Micah Dennis, Outdoor Living Guy. It’s happy photoshoot day and we have a treat for you – a Covered Outdoor Room Transformation-start to finish. Taking a so-so backyard and transforming it into a beautiful, functional Outdoor Room & Outdoor living space.

When we first arrived to the property the homeowners had a completed landscape they liked. They also had a firepit but it was in an odd place in the backyard.  Although they wanted an attached covered outdoor room – however, with their house layout, we recommend a detached covered outdoor room with fireplace instead.  I think you’re going to love the transformation we came up with . . . I can’t wait to let you see it right now!

Spring is when Everyone Springs Into Action

Every year – when the sunshine arrives – especially Spring – people begin flocking to get their covered outdoor room design completed. Like the one we are showing you in today’s video.  I’m begging you for your own good – please start the outdoor room makeover this winter– yes, start-right-now. By starting now, you will be finished with your covered outdoor room ready to enjoy your outdoor space come spring and summer.

Outdoor Rooms Are the Pick of the Bunch

A GREAT OUTDOOR SPACE – usually has a detached outdoor room with fireplace. A focal point is the fireplace, an outdoor kitchen, a kitchen bar like you’re seeing here, a detached dining area, and a big, beautiful fire pit with seatwall. See photos like these all over my website at paradiserestored.com. I feel strongly about attached structures in landscape design if it works with the homes’ structure but if you have the right space for it, detached in my opinion is the best.

Notice the Johnson backyard is a two-level backyard. Out the back-door of the house initially we had a sloped landscape coming back towards the home.  Here’s a tip – create a cool seat wall/retaining wall that acts as a destination of its own. It serves two-fold by holding back the hillside and as a seat for guests to chit-chat. Or catch a snippet of the game while hanging out with beer on the seatwall.

Built-In Retaining Walls

Keeping the retaining wall idea going because this yard had the elevation change sloping towards the house, we added an L-shape firepit with backrest to contain it. We excavated into the slope with a seatwall/backrest to create a destination and to have a flat entertaining area to offset this sloped environment. It’s a tip to keep in mind when you are coming up with your own outdoor room design.

Seatwalls With Seatbacks

I want to talk to you a little bit about the seatwall backrest. I strongly feel it’s a good thing. Especially if you’re sitting there very long! After all, there are stories round the fire you’ll want to share and hear! You want your seat to be comfortable and yes, most homeowners throw some pillows into the mix for cozy, but we realized after we built a few – having the backrest at an angle makes a difference to all backsides by having a slight curve. Best yet, PLENTY OF SEATS FOR EVERYONE!

Outdoor Rooms add a Whole Lot of Living

I love this job site and the homeowners that we worked with on this project. It’s such a beautiful destination – heading outside. If you are creating an outdoor space on your own, be careful not to rush ahead. Educate yourself on attached &/or detached structures. Help make your space a dual/multiple destination spot. We are happy to give you ideas or help problem solve. Thanks for Dropping In . . .

It’s a Wrap!

We love creating outdoor spaces and we would love to help you design your landscape. Complimentary Consultation? You got it! We are happy to answer questions or give advice. Have you seen the latest landscape designs in our Portfolio? See the before and after photos in each one.

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Until next time . . . Get Outside Portland!

Kim Thibodeau, Exterior Design Services

Landscape Blogger, Outdoor Rooms Rock!

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