Backyards, pools, and patios that are styled after resorts are becoming a popular choice for custom home clients. According to U.S. Real Estate News editor, Devon Thorsby, “Homebuilders, residential architects, and landscape construction specialists are seeing more and more homeowners looking to include outdoor living – or better yet, a design that allows for flowing indoor-outdoor living space – in their home design.”
For many homeowners, being able to enjoy the exterior of the home is equally as important as the interior. In the oversized outdoor living space shown above, our clients wanted luxury but also ease of living. Their outdoor living spaces pull in aspects from resorts they have visited and beautiful vacations they have taken. With resort-style pools, luxury outdoor kitchens, fire pits, and water features, backyards like this become a vacation right at home.
Let’s Talk Food
The key to designing any space is personalization, and this especially rings true with outdoor kitchens. Plan with your tastes and preferences in mind, as well as how many people you would entertain and what kind of food you like to serve your guests. If you like to grill, make that a priority in the kitchen space. Maybe smoking meats is a priority for the man of the house – a built-in smoker or space for his favorite smoker will need to be considered. Or maybe pizza night happens once a week at your house because you are a pizza chef extraordinaire! If so, think about installing an outdoor pizza oven like those that Alfresco grills offer.
Storage also ranks high in importance for the outdoor kitchen. From pull-out meat cutting boards to barbecue spice racks, to storage pantries, knowing what you will cook outside will help you determine what storage options you need.
Several new trends are influencing the pool industry. There are spa-sized pools, resort-style pools, or simple backyard pools graced with fire features and waterfalls. The size and design of the pool needs to fit the house it accompanies, and it should flow seamlessly from indoor to outdoor. Maybe you want a resort style pool, but it doesn’t seem to fit with the exterior of your home. Talking with an architect will help you get the most out of what you want while still fitting into the style of your home. That is precisely why the same architects who design our homes also design our pools–to ensure the pool and outdoor living fits with the style and design of the home.
It is also important to keep in mind the value added from building a pool on your property. Chances are, if several of your neighbors have pools, building a nice one in your yard will increase the value of your home. In certain neighborhoods and price ranges, a pool and nice outdoor living is expected. Especially if the pool is graced with beautiful landscaping and functions well with the home–incorporating outdoor living–a pool can add a lot of value to a property.
Somewhere Over the Waterfall
Water in motion engages a multitude of human senses; we hear it, we see it, we feel it, and all of these experiences make us feel different types of emotions. The sound brings a sense of relaxation and peace to our minds and bodies. The look of it lures us into the depths of its environment.
In order to receive all of these restorative, tranquil feelings, your water feature needs to fit into the design and style of the home, outdoor living area, and pool. Talk with an architect or landscape designer when deciding the size, style, and location of your pool’s water feature.
Your Outdoor Living Area
Outdoor living areas are one of the topics we discuss with clients when doing a lifestyle analysis. The outside of the home is equally as important as the inside of the home. Both should offer peace, safety, tranquility, and relaxation for the homeowner. To ensure this, they should still fit into the overall design of your residence. Finding the balance between inside and outside could turn your home into a beautiful vacation. It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve built a second home for someone who loves to spend their leisure time in Austin!
To see some of our favorite outdoor living projects, click below: