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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.

11 Jan

CREATE PRIVACY FOR YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE

Create privacy and add structure to your outdoor patio by using custom pieces of steel art panels and enjoy the space that truly reflects you.  The custom steel panels will add a sculptural component  to your outdoor space and will create a beautiful contrasting backdrop to the plant material next to it. Custom build steel trellises are another great way to add structure and create privacy to the space.

      

   

26 Jun

IDEAS FOR A COZY BACKYARD RETREAT

Take advantage of your outdoor living space and create something cozy and enjoyable. For some homeowners, an outdoor space is nothing more than a few square feet of balcony space, but for those fortunate enough to have an entire yard, the opportunities are practically unlimited.

          

     Here are some helpful ideas for creating your very own backyard retreat: 

-Water Element- Flowing water has a calming effect – which is why outdoor fountains have existed within gardens and sacred spaces for centuries. A small table top fountain, a large three tier fountain, or just a soothing bubbler can help transform your backyard into a relaxing oasis. Even a simple bird bath can give your backyard that special edge.

-Fire element- Backyard fire pits are one of the most popular of all landscaping features. Adding a fire pit will extend the enjoyment of your backyard for you and your guests. 

-Flowers and Shrubs- Adding flowers and shrubs will bring any yard to life. A few strategically placed shrubs, flower beds and herb gardens can help turn your outdoor area into a lively space perfect for romantic moments or parties with friends and family.

-Outdoor Seating- Invest in cozy outdoor chairs, chaise lounges and benches with plenty of washable cushioning. Create an area for an intimate breakfast or an afternoon glass of wine -Garden décor & Outdoor Art- Give your backyard even more personality by selecting a few garden statues, a piece of custom outdoor art or even a custom trellis for your beautiful clematis to grow. Just like your interior space, your backyard should reflect your own individual style.