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The Value of Installing an Outdoor Living Space

Posted by Ron Neal on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 at 3:31pm.

Living and Dining Outdoors Is a Treat During Most SeasonsOutdoor options have changed over the years. Portable grills and picnic tables are now being supplanted by all-weather kitchens and serving stations, covered decks with comfortable sofas and chairs, and dining areas every bit as elegant as their indoor counterparts. Canadians in all provinces are more attuned to the possibilties of outdoor living—at home—than ever before.

Gaining Additional Living Space

Whether moving into the yard is a reaction to spiraling home prices and higher vacation costs, or simply an acknowledgement that good times can be had at home, well-equipped outdoor living rooms are a hot new trend, even in provinces with shorter summers. Upscale outdoor rooms boast fireplaces or ceiling fans and summer misters to extend the boundaries of seasonal use, as well as sophisticated lighting and entertainment options. Typically, investing in outdoor home improvements can also add substantial value to the home - making it easier to sell the home when that time comes.

No longer are such rooms limited to a covered patio situated off the indoor kitchen. Instead, extending living space farther into the yard to create a remote oasis or a unique "escape," is another key trend. These remote rooms often have a secluded ambience, with unique views and appeal. A big part of the new lifestyle is a well-equipped outdoor kitchen.

This Is NOT 'Roughing It'

Today's backyard cooking area can rival an indoor kitchen for function and convenience, as well as for sleek beauty. No longer limited to a barbecue or meat smoker and a rolling cart, the best of today's alfresco kitchens are likely to include a variety of built-in appliances. For the outdoor kitchen, options are almost unlimited, limited only by budget and personal choice.

Consider built-in gas grills, side burners and warming drawers, icemakers and refrigeration, prep and serving counters, clean-up sinks and bar seating. For a truly individualized space, think about a pizza oven, wok or stir-fry station, deep-fryer, "kegerator," or ice cream churn.

Plan for Relaxation and Enjoyment

Typically, an outdoor kitchen is the centerpiece of a convivial space designed to accommodate a crowd in a Saanich Penisula new home. Whether a backyard kitchen is adjacent to a pool, putting green or sports court, or the centerpiece of an outdoor roofed living room with a fireplace and flat-screen television, comfortable seating is a must. Define the space with integral built-in benches and comfortable cushions, or create room-like ambience with a comfortable sofa, lounge chairs and ottomans. Anchor the seating area with a colourful rug, even if it's just painted on the concrete; add lighting, practical side tables, and potted plants.

Well-designed outdoor living space can be used during all but the most inclement weather, even if sweaters and lap robes are necessary. The added outdoor enjoyment, and the expected ROI, is absolutely worth it!

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