Designing an Outdoor Room

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Creating a livable outdoor space that can be enjoyed year-round has been a very popular trend in recent years. This area is often referred to as the “outdoor room.” It is simply a projection of the indoors to the outside. Whether it is entertaining friends by the pool in the summer or curling up in a comfy chair around a toasty firepit in winter, the full spectrum of designs for such spaces can be as elaborate or as basic as the budget can withstand.

A landscape architect can draw the plans (based on the client’s wish list), specify all materials, obtain a job estimate, supervise contractors, and manage the entire project from start to finish. Basically, anything that can be built on the outside of a home, a commercial building, or out-of-doors is well within the scope of a landscape architect.

An example of a luxurious outdoor room contains: an outdoor kitchen- complete with a grill, cabinetry, a refrigerator, ceiling fans, and bar. The accessories include: a TV, sound system, fireplace, lighting, sofas, and a coffee table. A pool, pool house, spa, water fall, pots of annuals, and a pergola add the finishing touches. For most people, however, outdoor rooms will consist of a deck or patio, some outdoor furniture, a large umbrella, and perhaps a couple of pots with colorful annuals.

The concept of having fun and sharing a meal with family and friends while communing with nature is not new. What is new, however, is the staggering amount of choices that people have today to customize their own outdoor space. Color schemes, building materials, finishes, accessories, lighting, water features, and landscaping are just a few of the decisions to be made. It all depends on the my client's wish list and budget.

Based in Atlanta, Olivia Munoz Mickalonis is a landscape architect, a service connected disabled veteran and CEO of Green Management Strategies LLC. If you have a landscape question for Olivia, simply use our ASK THE EXPERT form!

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