Outdoor living space is growing increasingly popular, with many home buyers and renters listing outdoor living space as a “must have” when looking for a new place to live. Fortunately, adding outdoor living space does not have to be a major undertaking, as even a simple addition can go a long way toward helping you get the most out of your living space. If you are thinking about creating an outdoor living space in your home, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Purpose

The first thing you need to decide when creating an outdoor living space is how you will use that space. If you simply want a space where you can sit and watch your kids run and play, a simple porch is probably all that you need. If you want a space where you can entertain large numbers of people, on the other hand, a larger and more involved space may be necessary. In this case, you might want enough room for seating, a grill and maybe even a small refrigerator and other appliances.

Space

The next thing you need to consider when planning an outdoor living area is the amount of space that you have available. Obviously, this will be used as a guideline to help you determine the size of your outdoor living area. You should also consider the size of your home, as you do not want your outdoor living space to overwhelm the size of your house. Ultimately, you want the outdoor living space to look like it is meant to be a part of your home and not an addition that you stuck on as an afterthought.

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Location

Next, you will need to decide where you want to build your outdoor living space. If you have a swimming pool, you might want to build the space around the pool so you can enjoy your swimming pool while visiting with company. Or, if you plan to create a flower garden, you might want to build your outdoor living space in an area where you can easily sit and watch the birds and butterflies as they flit about in your garden.

When considering the location, you also need to think about where the shade is located in your yard as well as how you want to address the heat of the sun. Remember, a south-facing porch will soak in a lot of sun during the day. While this will allow you to take full advantage of the sun, it may also start to become uncomfortable on hot summer days. If you like the idea of sitting on your porch and enjoying a sunset, a west-facing porch might be a better option. If you plan to sit out and enjoy the early morning, on the other hand, you may be better served by an east-facing porch where you can maximize the morning light.

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