Expanding to Outdoor Living Spaces
We have happily extended our living space to the outdoors. When we had our pool installed just after we moved into the new house last June, we had the contractor also build a pavilion off of our patio.
We started with our small patio furniture set we’ve had for almost 8 years. It consists of a love seat, two chairs, a table and a couple of ottomans. It is functional, but not really “homey.” We moved that set out to the deck by the pool. We decided to upgrade our outdoor furniture to something that would better accommodate our friends when they visit. The set we chose has a sofa (seating for 3) in addition to the two chairs, ottomans, and table. An outdoor rug was the perfect anchor for the space.
This set up was functional, but still did not really feel like an extension of the indoor living space. I decided to add some of the kinds of pieces that I have inside; side tables for instance.
I added the two side tables then searched for some kind of lighting. Solar lamps can be bought at Lowe’s and they actually give off some light. The space was warmed up (and this is a turn of phrase cuz it’s summer in Texas, baby- you ain’t gonna make it warmer than it already is) to make it more inviting, with a large hibiscus shrub in a big planter along with a banana plant and some greenery in an even BIGGER planter. This really did the trick!
Make it comfy
Adding some nice furniture and creating a proper seating area on the decking around the pool makes such a big difference. Instead of it feeling like a separate area of the yard, it is joined up with the rest of the outdoor space. In the future, we might need a pool remodel to bring things up to date and make sure it’s all looking nice. But for now, I am happy with the beautiful pool area and the whole family loves spending time out there.
I believe we were able to create a true “living space” out under the pavilion. I try to swim every night and it’s so nice to have that space to relax in afterwards. We also have a TV mounted up in the eves so I get my fill of major league baseball as I work out in the pool, then have a space to kick back under the pavilion.
Here is the deck and gazebo. We still have work to do but figure all we have is time so we’ll just take it one little project at a time. Landscaping behind the pool is next!