Jun 10, 2020

Designing outdoor living - What to consider?




A well designed outdoor living area can enhance your lifestyle creating more comfortable living spaces all year round. When designing these spaces, there are a few things you might like to consider...

The first and most important thing to think about is the direction that your living space faces. Designing a north facing living space, will be different to a south, east or west facing area. The position of the sun will impact how you use these areas, in what time of year and time of day.

Consider also what you will be using these areas for. What outdoor furniture you might have, what plants/gardens options you like. How will these cope with sun, wind and rain? will you want these areas covered? This is where you might be thinking about roofing options. You then might consider it's use through different times of the year, whether you'll be chasing the sun for warm, or the shade for a cooler change. 

There are plenty of options for creating shade to suit a range of preferences and budgets. From simple umbrellas and shade cloths, to permanent structures and retractable roofs. If you're looking for the best of both worlds, a really popular option has been those opening and closing louvre systems. 

If you're choosing a permanent or open and closing roofing system like Vergola, there are a number of options with the most popular being being flat roofs, skillion roofs and A-frame roofs
1. Flat roofs - You can't go wrong with a flat roof for your outdoor area that suits most houses
2. Skillion roofs - A skillion roof is essentially a sloping roof design that look fantastic for many outdoor areas. Having one side with a high or lower opening might be effective in controlling the view, air and light from a certain direction.
3. A-Frame - the simplest form, is two similarly sized beams, arranged in a 45-degree or greater angle, attached at the top.

Many outdoor living areas now have a range of features that help to create a seamless extension to the home. Lighting, fans, sounds systems, TV's along with fireplaces, and the most outstanding outdoor kitchen equipment can truely transform your way of living. and easing the transition from indoor to outdoor living.






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