Summertime and the livin’ is easy….But it can be even easier if you have a beautiful extended living space for lounging or entertaining. The first thing to consider is how you actually intend to use your space. You can create an outdoor environment that is just as comfortable as your indoor living space if you take the time to determine what your needs are. A thoughtful addition to your outdoor environment can greatly increase the value and appeal of your home in addition to improving your quality of life. Once you decide to make the investment, a consultation with one of our design professionals will help determine the best location for your outdoor living space. In general, patios are best accessed through a kitchen, often the most popular room in the house. We can walk with you to map out the best possible layout, one that will complement the existing landscape of your yard and maximize the use of the space. It’s important to remember that the proximity of your home to your neighbor’s property may affect the location of your patio. It is critical that before any ground is broken for construction, building codes and zoning laws are corroborated, and property lines are clearly demarcated. There are no hard and fast rules as to the specific size of a patio, but in general, it should be proportional to the size of the house. A good rule of thumb, if the budget allows, is to make it as wide as the house, or as big as an adjacent indoor room. If you decide that you would like a patio that will allow for friend and family barbecues, the materials you choose for both the patio
Fall is a time abundant with warm and cozy associations. Do you see yourself bundled up in a sweater, with a warm mug of something delicious, enjoying the cool and crisp air? Chances are, this image includes an outdoor fire. Whether you imagine an outdoor fireplace or a fire pit, there are several factors to consider in the planning, and as in most things landscape, location, location, location is first on the list. How trafficked is the area in which you are planning to place your fireplace/pit? Should it be on a deck, or patio adjacent to your home? An outdoor fireplace or fire pit will extend your home’s living space, making it an area you can enjoy almost year around, not to mention increase your home’s property value. Keeping in mind how you like to entertain will help you figure out what is the best placement for either a permanent structure or a portable one. For example, if you have a pool, you might want to consider placing the fireplace or fire pit nearby; your friends and family will gravitate towards it after a dip. On the other hand, if you have smaller yard, you might want to put it closer to your house and let the surrounding landscape be a strong supporting player. Whatever you decide, size and scale is always important. Sunrise Landscape and Design has lots of ideas and we are happy to help you pick the best location for what you want. It’s also important to really think about how you will use your fireplace/fire pit. An outdoor fireplace or fire pit will immediately become the focal point of your landscape. The warm glow of a fire is always inviting.