Plan Your Perfect Outdoor Setting

When you have a huge outdoor space to work with, there are a million fun ideas that come to mind.  For instance, you can increase your indoor living space by building an extension onto your house or building a backyard cottage for a home office or art room.  Or, you can use it as an opportunity to create an outdoor living environment to accommodate lazy days and outdoor parties.

Whatever your perfect use of the space may be, you will no doubt be utilizing at least a portion of the area for outdoor entertainment, so here are a few tips to help you plan your perfect area…

  • Define your outdoor living space.  Do you want to use it exclusively for outdoor parties or would you also like to have a little flower or vegetable garden?  Decide what functions you would like your outdoor area to perform, and that will give you a solid foundation on which to build your layout.
  • Take a good look at your entire space and visualize what you want to create.  If you start working right away without developing at least a basic plan, you will waste time, effort, and money as you try to patch different elements together (which often results doing things a second and third time).  Visualize what you want your finished product to look like and how you can see yourself living in it.  This will help you determine which areas stick out to you as the most important, what you want the arrangement and flow to feel like, etc.  You will then be able to work more efficiently and realize your space sooner.
  • Consider an outdoor kitchen complete with amenities. Outdoor parties usually involve grilling, so it only makes sense to allot a space for a portable or built in grill and storage solutions for basic kitchen necessities.  No one wants to be stuck inside prepping food while everyone else is outside enjoying themselves, and that’s what makes an outdoor kitchen a perfect solution.  Try to keep it located fairly close to your back door, however, just in case you need to run in to your main kitchen to get something.
  • Have plenty of seating to allow for conversation. You and your guests may not want to stand the entire time you have a cookout, so install large seating areas that can accommodate at least five people each and make sure the seats are comfy enough that they’ll want to stay for hours. Also keep extra chairs on hand in case the crowd grows.
  • Don’t forget the details. Lighting, table settings, deck flooring materials, and even your outdoor roof, will provide a significant aesthetic impact in addition to functionality.  Reliable lighting, beautiful landscaping, and durable decking material will provide your outdoor space with a long life that people can enjoy for years.
  • Let nature blend in. Since it’s an outdoor setting, why not let Mother Nature join your party?  Have a lovely garden alongside your outdoor kitchen and dining area, so you and your guests can enjoy nature’s beauty while you socialize and eat.


Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors


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