Published at Friday, March 23rd 2018. by Shelia York in Bench Design.
Once you have supplied the floor; normally a wooden deck or a stone, brick or even concrete patio or terrace, and some walls; typically a formal hedge, loose hedgerow, wall, or fence, and maybe a ceiling; a sloping roof or retractable awning or parasol attached to the house, you can go crazy furnishing your new outdoor living room. Consider some sort of heating element such as a wood burning or gas fireplace, fire pit, chimney, or portable patio heater to enable to use your new room all year round.
Spend some time out there and identify just what are feels the best to you. Bring a chair outside and just sit in it in different spots until you get a feeling of being in the right spot. Then you must ask yourself, can this spot be turned into an outdoor living room? How will you connect it to visually to your house? Are there interior elements of your home that you can repeat outside? How will you connect your new outdoor living room physically to your house? How will get there from inside your house? There must be an easy way to go from inside to outside and back inside. I cant stress this aspect of the design enough so. Smooth transition between inside and out is how you start feeling like your outdoor living room is really just another room of your house; an extension of your home.
Unless you were in the starting lineup in Little League, chances are good that you became well acquainted with our old friend, the bench. Nothing more than a wooden plank, they served admirably but were hardly comfortable. My how times have changed. As adults, we can enjoy a starting lineup of indoor benches that are not only comfortable, but fashionable.
Considering a garden as an outdoor room is nothing new to garden designers. The concept is just now making its way into the public consciousness. But just what are outdoor living rooms? Are they places where you try to recreate your indoor living room outdoors? No, not exactly. Are they places like your deck, patio or terrace where you just plop down a set of furniture and hope that youll feel like spending time out there? No, that wont do either. An outdoor living room is a space outside of your house, built with materials suitable to the outdoors, where you will actually want to spend time! Its also a state of mind, the idea of living life outdoors.
Storage - pieces such as the lingerie chests, blanket racks, vanity tables and the regular dresser and chest of drawers. There are sometimes seating such as a bed bench that allows you to store items such as bedding inside, so they serve two purposes. For displays - bedside tables, vanity tables and sometimes bed benches are all used to display things such as pictures, lamps, and other little trinkets.
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