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27 Apr

FOUR STEPS TO YOUR PERFECT PATIO

  1. Dream
    In your wildest imagination, envision your ideal outdoor environment. Perhaps yours is a meditative space filled with planters and lush vegetation, ideal for quiet reflection, where a cushioned chaise or sectional takes center stage. Maybe your perfect patio is a sleek and contemporary pavilion overlooking the city lights, with outdoor cooking and dining configurations and a gas fire pit around which your guests can gather. If you can give a name to your stylistic preference, that will help you search for images of patios that will appeal to you:  traditional, vintage, farmhouse, contemporary, eclectic. 

    modern outdoor kitchen
  1. Inventory
    Take stock of existing conditions to create a base map for your dream space.  Locate and dimension doors and windows, and survey the elevation difference between indoors and outdoors to determine if you’ll need stairs or a multi-leveled terrace. Check the solar orientation of the area. Is it facing south and likely to get lots of light and heat, or is it north-facing and thus, shady and cool? Is there any existing vegetation such as trees or shrubs that can be incorporated into your overall design?

    terrace modern fountain
  1. Conceptualize
    Visualize your use areas – lounging, dining, entertaining (maybe they can be combined) - to determine how your space will function. You can experiment with furniture layout by using on-hand pieces such as a card table and folding chairs. Use blue painter’s tape or sidewalk chalk to outline a fire pit or grilling area. Be sure to consider the following before construction begins:
  • Electrical capability, including dedicated outlets for lighting, water features, cooking appliances, and audio visual equipment. Ensure that you have the capacity in your current electrical panel to accommodate your proposed outdoor features.
  • Plumbing for irrigation, water feature or outdoor sink
  • If a permanent fire pit or grill is in your plan, hire a certified plumber to set a gas or remote propane line and do the installation.

  1. Refine 
    Once you’ve settled on a Conceptual Plan, you can fine-tune materials and finishes as well as landscape and furniture. You should expect your plan to evolve as you get more specific with your selections. Once you’re underway, don’t forget to accessorize with planters, toss pillows, and outdoor artwork which reflects your personality, as those are the items that will make the ideal patio space uniquely yours.

 

Creative Living is designed as a one-stop source for modern patio furnishings with complimentary design services. Our design professionals can help you recognize your style, lay out furniture, select colors and fabrics and arrange your patio décor.

30 Oct

PATIO FURNITURE ARRANGEMENT AROUND FIRE PIT

It’s official: outdoor fire pit season is here!

Fire pits are the perfect centerpiece for your outdoor area as they create light and warmth, and they usually serve as a coffee table as well. Now is the time to set out the throw blankets, pillows and tumblers and gather around the glow of a seasonal fire in your outdoor space.

Here are a few quick tips on how to arrange your patio furniture around your fire pit:

Round fire pit & individual chairs

A circular fire pit is the most equitable of all shapes and is likely to work in any kind of patio space. Because the perimeter of the fire pit is limited, this shape may work best with several individual chairs around it.

round concrete fire pit cor-ten steel fire bowl

Square fire pit & sectional sofa

Maximize seating options and create a cozy chat area with a sectional couch. Block fire pits play nicely with sectional seating, especially when both sides of the couch are the same dimensions. Speaking of dimensions, 18-24” is an ideal distance from the edge of the fire pit to the edge of the seating area. This dimension can be bigger or smaller, depending on the scale of the components, but 18” yields adequate leg room and is still within arm’s reach should you wish to set a plate, book or a glass on the ledge surrounding the fire pit.

block fire pit square modern fire pit

Rectangular fire pit & sofa

A long, linear fire pit is elegant and functional when spreading out the warmth. Make sure that the horizontal surface of the fire pit is either the same height as the seat of adjacent furniture, or slightly lower. That way you can look across the fire pit to visit with folks on the other side. A rectangular fire pit provides the most flexibility in seating options. A full-sized sofa, a pair of love seats can be combined to create a conversation area according to the length of the fire pit and number of guests you’d like to accommodate. Again, 18-24” is a good rule of thumb for distance between the fire pit and seating but can be personalized as your patio or terrace allows.

Now light ‘er up!

rectangular modern fire pit linear modern fire pit