What are the factor to consider when creating outdoor dining spaces?
Thinking into the future of these spring and summer months, you may be considering investing in your outdoor living space. With hopes of life going back to normal, slowly but surely, it could be in your best interest to consider healthy gathering spots on your property. If you are looking to invite others over to your home, then it’s time to start thinking about creating outdoor dining spaces. To do this successfully, it all depends on a few factors that are directly related to the size of your yard, how many people you expect to gather, and (as always) your personal preferences for the ideal outdoor living space.
Consider The Size Of Your Yard When Creating Outdoor Dining Spaces
You will first need to look at your property line and see what is realistically doable in creating outdoor dining spaces. There will likely not be as much flexibility with your dining area if your yard is on the smaller side. That’s okay! It is still possible to have an immensely beautiful and breath-taking outdoor living space that provides proper dinner seating.
No matter the size of your yard, you will need to start by carving out the right area for an outdoor dining experience. You will have to accommodate for your table, chairs, and any other pieces of furniture that you would add while creating outdoor dining spaces. Some of these factors will depend on how many people you anticipate to regularly gather in your outdoor living space. All these moving parts affect each other, so it’s important that you lay out all the elements before finalizing any decisions.
When creating outdoor dining spaces, it is also ideal to situate the outdoor eating area near your kitchen. Again, this depends on if you have an outdoor kitchen or not. However, you will still likely have to grab items from inside your home even if you have an outdoor kitchen. In addition to being near an access point to your indoor kitchen, it is helpful to have easy access to your home for quick trips to the bathroom.
This is typically why it is common for a patio or deck to be right outside your home entrance and the outdoor kitchen in continuation from the patio. For example, you don’t want to place your outdoor dining area too close to a grill because of the fumes and heat. Placement is a key element in designing the ideal outdoor living space that looks aesthetically pleasing and is functional.
How Many Are You Hosting?
As stated previously, this is one of the moving parts that will help you determine spacing and placement when creating outdoor dining spaces. Since you can’t predict all the gatherings and celebrations you will host at your home over the years, you probably have a good idea of the frequent or annual gatherings that you will.
For example, if you find joy in providing hospitality towards your loved ones by hosting multiple birthday celebrations at your home, then you will want to consider a larger patio, table, and additional chairs to your landscape design. If you want to have regular meals outdoors with your family over the warmer months, then accommodate for that as well in your spacing and placement of your dining area.
You will also want to consider the time of day your events may be. With gatherings during the afternoon hours in the summer months, it may be in your best interest to consider some shading or roof structure over your seating area. Look into structures such as pergolas, pavilions, attached or detached roof structures as your options. These features can also provide protection from the outdoor elements. Plus, these shading and protective options can also serve your overall comfort in other ways when creating outdoor dining spaces. How? You can add features such as cooling features like fans, heating features, an outdoor entertainment system and/or outdoor sound system and more.
Many features that you can choose from depend on your personal preferences when creating outdoor dining spaces. As mentioned before, you can add outdoor roof structures to help with shade, privacy and/or weather protection. With certain outdoor roof structures, you can then choose additional features such as cooling/heating features and outdoor entertainment/sound systems. The possibilities are truly endless with choices at every corner. However, this can be extremely overwhelming and feel like a never-ending feat.
It is best to consult with a professional that can guide you through the process of options and choices. They will be able to get you started on the right foot, asking the necessary questions, and making recommendations based on your needs and desires. Unilock certified contractors can collaborate with overall design by finding out what your style, necessary functions, and taste in looks are. They can determine if you want a secret garden feel, modern vibes, au natural look, or a hide away dining area with privacy features.
Creating outdoor dining spaces can look like an easy task at first. Once the options start rolling in, it can be difficult to continue making choices that you feel confident in. That’s why you want to find a trustworthy, creative, and expert contractor. At Seasonal Landscape, we provide high quality services, materials, and finished products for all our clients. Collaborating with our clients is one of our greatest joys. Through collaboration and being Unilock certified contractors, we can design and install the dream outdoor living space that you’ve always wanted. Call us today to find out more about what we offer!