Great Entertaining in the Great Outdoors

As we shake off winter and look forward to the warmer weather and longer days of spring and summer, imagine having a remodeled space outside to share with loved ones — with all the comforts and conveniences you’re used to inside.

Under Cover

Having a covered porch or patio ensures you can get outside, rain or shine. You can roof over an existing patio or deck, or create a whole new space. Soaring, airy rooflines allow for ceiling fans to keep you and your guests comfortable with a gentle breeze. You also have the option of decorative ceiling treatments, like hardwood and skylights. You can add recessed lighting in the ceiling or integrated outdoor speakers so you can play DJ or get theater-quality sound on movie nights.

Having a roofed space protected from the weather gives you options in how you furnish and outfit your space for entertaining. You can leave your space open to the air, or enclose your patio or deck with screens — allowing you to hang out in the evenings without tempting the mosquitoes.

Create a true outdoor great room, with a dedicated kitchen space with appliances including a cooktop, refrigerators, or a pizza oven. Add a bar with seating and dining table and chairs, and you’re all set for al fresco dining in your own home.

In the living area, outdoor fireplaces can anchor the space, and extend your outside time into chillier fall days and nights. Comfy couches and chairs encourage conversation and good times. The fireplace also provides a convenient place to mount an outdoor flatscreen TV, so you can binge your family’s favorite shows or movies. 

Open Skies

Having a dedicated space open to the sky creates true indoor/outdoor living. Popular features include multi-tiered decking or patios with built-in planters for flowers, herbs, or even container vegetable gardens — pick your own tomatoes and basil with fresh mozzarella for a home-made Caprese salad!

A built-in gas fire pit provides a great focal point in your backyard, without the mess of ash and soot. It’s a perfect spot to spend your evenings watching the sunset and stargazing later — maybe while making S’mores with your family!