In many markets, the outdoor spaces of a home are as important as the indoor spaces. Indeed, in some areas, outdoor spaces function as additional rooms of the home. They provide opulent areas for additional seating, dining, cooking, and entertaining. Find out about how the latest outdoor living trends for luxury properties can add value to your home.
OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES
Whether it’s an open-air terrace, screened lanai, or sheltered by a pergola or cabana, the best outdoor living spaces can feel and function like their indoor counterparts. Consider adding luxurious furniture, the latest electronics, potted plants, and upgraded lighting to be among the elements to create your beautiful outdoor space.
In order to maximize your enjoyment of the space, think about how it can function at different times of the year. Outdoor rugs, a fireplace or firepit, and storage with extra blankets and throws can help you extend your use in the cool evenings of early Spring and late Fall. Wall-mounted or ceiling fans designed for outdoor use can create a pleasant breeze on the hottest summer day.
OUTDOOR COOKING SPACES
Forget grilling out! Outdoor kitchens have become as gourmet-friendly as their indoor counterparts. They boast upscale appliances, wine fridges, icemakers, dishwashers, and many other clever elements. They make it possible to create a multi-course menu poolside. Or have the caterers operate without ever having to enter your indoor kitchen.
For additional fun, consider an outdoor pizza oven, rotisserie, or other specialized appliance. You may just find that your outdoor kitchen becomes your favorite place for cooking together with family and friends.
OUTDOOR DINING SPACES
Nestled in a covered terrace or in the open air with a massive umbrella or canopy, outdoor dining spaces can be both elegant and convenient. The most luxurious tables include built-in lights or even fire elements – adding beauty, practicality, and drama to your next dinner party.
Dress up your outdoor dining room with a spectacular chandelier, massive fireplace, or dramatic artwork. And don’t forget to add a bar for casual dining or poolside cocktails.
OUTDOOR SPORTS AND RECREATION SPACES
Of course, for many luxury properties a pool is a must-have element in the outdoor space plan. Think water features or fire urns to add drama and make these spaces even more fun. Create a resort-style feel with a spa as part of the pool space and plenty of seating on the sundeck. If your pool is in full sunlight all day, install a cabana or other sheltered area for a shady retreat.
The best homes ensure that there is an area set aside for swimmers to access the home without tracking in water. A full bath and laundry room with direct access to the pool space allows you and your guests to change, shower, and wash towels and suits without entering the main living spaces of the house. Alternatively, a fully equipped pool house can offer a similar in-between space, as well as additional room for guests or a home office.
Finally, consider specialized recreational spaces in your outdoor plan. Tennis courts, pickleball courts, basketball courts, and bocce ball courts are popular, as are putting greens and small lawns for games or yoga. Upgraded lighting, seating, and dining spaces are usually found alongside these areas as well.