Tips on Creating an Outdoor Room
Sitting comfortably with friends or family in the backyard on a cool summer evening, with a warm fire and dinner sizzling on the grill, is pure pleasure. It is also the precise reason why people throughout North America are turning their yards and decks into inviting outdoor living spaces. People are extending the comfort and luxury of their homes into the great outdoors, and the result is the popular trend called the "outdoor room."
POPULARITY YIELDS FULL-FEATURED PRODUCTS As consumer interest in the outdoor room continues to grow, hearth, patio and barbecue manufacturers are developing stylish, full-featured products to enhance the comfort, convenience and pleasure of entertaining or relaxing outside, no matter the climate or season. Manufacturers now have extensive product lines that can help extend a home’s living space both literally and visually. There are barbecues and fireplaces in all sizes and styles, from simple to high-tech, and plush (or sleek) patio furniture and accessories to help set any mood.
OUTDOOR ROOM BASICS Anyone can easily create an outdoor room. In general, the concept encompasses a grilling and eating area, pulled together with a hearth product, such as a fireplace, firepit or chiminea. Some outdoor rooms are similar to indoor kitchens, with expansive counter space and full food preparation areas complete with sinks and plumbing. It’s even possible to add a dishwasher and a refrigerator to make trips inside to clean up or grab cold drink a distant memory. Other outdoor rooms take the concept further with the addition of pizza ovens, cocktail bars, fountains, trellises, patio heaters, spas and pools.
Landscaping, lighting and sculptures are additional elements that can help create a cohesive feeling within an outdoor space.
Products for the Outdoor Room
HEARTH: Wood burning fireplaces, gas fireplaces, firepits, chimineas, fire and fountain combinations
COOKING: Barbecue grills, wood-fired pizza ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers, sinks, cocktail bars, food preparation areas
FURNITURE: Dining tables, couches, chairs, end tables, hammocks, chaise lounges
WATER: Swimming pools, spas, waterfalls, ponds
FLOORING: Wood, brick, stone, slate, stamped concrete pavers
SHELTERS: Pool houses, gazebos, sunrooms, awnings, umbrellas
ACCESSORIES: Sound systems, art sculptures, fences
LIGHTING: Landscape lanterns, pathway lighting, candles
DECKS: Natural woods, vinyl, fiberglass, recycled plastics
HEATERS: Freestanding or table-top patio heaters