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Fun and Functional Outdoor Living Spaces

When thinking about your next landscaping or outdoor remodel project, it's important to plan creative spaces that serve your family's need or purpose. Think about how you want to use your yard, then integrate those features in your landscape design additions.

We thought we'd share our favorite tips from this Better Homes & Gardens' Article!

Establish Traffic Patterns - Directing traffic flow is important no matter the size of your outdoor space. This will help your guest move freely with ease about your backyard oasis.

Add a Fire Source - Wood and gas fire pits are popular features to incorporate into an outdoor living space, providing a warm and welcoming spot to hang out with friends and family.

Boost Visual Appeal - Featuring unique furniture or features is a way to create visual appeal to your outdoor space. We love how this dark wood allows the modern, bright furniture to POP!

Include a Variety of Seating Options - mixing a variety of benches, stools, and chairs will help when entertaining, no matter the size of your gathering. Remember when planning your additions to seating, keep in mind your traffic pattern.

Connect Indoors to the Outdoors - Outdoor living spaces that are easily accessible to indoor rooms are the most likely to get used. So when you're designing your deck or patio, try to locate it in a spot that's in a highly used traffic pattern such as off the master bedroom, kitchen or living room.

Check out our Houzz ideabook for more inspiration!

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