How to Divide Your Outdoor Living Space

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Discover The Best Tips For Divider With Style Your Outdoor Living Space

Why get stuck indoors when you can expand the livable portion of your property by creating outdoor living spaces. It's certainly not difficult to build backyard "rooms", but you must appreciate the divide and conquer approach.

We consider our houses to be divided into bedrooms, but the concept of having similar outdoor living areas can offer the same pleasure. The biggest stumbling block in most people's path is that it just doesn't occur to them to share a patio to maximize their enjoyment. Not consciously, at least. However, the more aware we are of outdoor living spaces, the more we can adapt them to suit our needs.

Design Considerations

Part of the beauty behind the concept of separate rooms in a house is that each unit is unique in itself. Consequently, you can install a kitchen component that sits right there, without worrying that it will be out of place if viewed from the bedroom. The same goes for outdoor living spaces.

Having separate outdoor spaces allows you to create mini-landscape designs (each a little different from the rest) for each of them. Not that you don't have to strive for unity in your entire landscaping project just yet. But the more successful you are in physically separating one outdoor space from another, the more flexibility you have to diversify without creating a hodgepodge.

For example, you may want to include a storage box for towels in the pool area. That element would be functional and would look good there. But the problem is, you may not want to see it from another part of the courtyard dedicated, say, to meditation in naturalistic settings. The answer: protect the pool area with a tall hedge or fence, effectively creating a separate room from the rest of the yard.

Creating the atmosphere with colors

Just as you can paint or wallpaper an interior room with a unique color scheme for that room, you can also use colors to make individual statements for each of your outdoor spaces. But here, instead of paint or wallpaper, you determine your color scheme by selecting the plants you will use for the area.

The proper application of color theory in landscape design can even influence mood and perception. For example, the colors of the flowers that you use for a relaxing meditation corner would be different from the colors that are used for the play areas. You can also make small spaces look bigger (and vice versa) depending on the colors you use.

The building blocks

Think of the structural components of outdoor living spaces in terms of their indoor counterparts: floor, walls, and ceiling. Only, for outdoor living spaces, the term structure is used metaphorically. That means there is much less to worry about. Removing a "wall" because you didn't like your initial choice will not cause the "ceiling" to collapse on your head!

Think of the materials you need to assemble the floor, wall, or ceiling of an outdoor living room, such as building blocks. Here are some examples:

For floors:

  • Gram
  • An alternative ground cover such as clover
  • Fertilizer
  • Courtyards
  • Covers

For walls:

  • Formal hedges
  • Lattice screens
  • Fences
  • Informal hedges

For ceilings:

  • Gazebos and pergolas
  • Treetops for shade
  • Decorative canvas covers
  • Awnings
  • Umbrella

You have a lot of leeways when using these building blocks. For example, the building blocks for a wall (hedges, fences, etc.) are interchangeable pieces that you can mix and match based on your needs, budget, and personality. The hedges can form two of its four walls, surrounding the other two. If a full screen is not necessary, you can also define outdoor living spaces with lower vertical elements that can be more attractive or functional; think of raised flower beds, container gardens, and furniture.

The so-called roof is optional for many outdoor spaces, although it does create an additional sense of closure that you may want. Roofs are only necessary for areas where staying dry and cool is a must.

By default, all designed outdoor living areas already have floors. The only question is whether today's flooring is better suited to your needs. For example, maintenance is always a consideration, and you may decide on reflection that it is not worth conserving (trimming) a grassy area that you have been walking in for years.

You only need to look at the intended function of the exterior rooms to determine the building blocks needed to compose them. Consider aesthetics and function when setting up these spaces. But in the areas dedicated to physical activity, if you have to choose between the two, focus on function. Never compromise on security. You can make up for aesthetic compromises later by furnishing your newly created space.

We hope you enjoy watching this video about How to Create Beautiful Garden Rooms in Your Backyard

Source: Rocky Mountain Gardens

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