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An outdoor living space can be defined as a part of your yard that is set up in such a way to allow you to comfortably “live” outside just as you would inside.
Outdoor living areas might include a pergola or covered patio with dining area and outdoor furniture like couches and chairs. It might also include an outdoor kitchen, patio pavers, artificial grass, BBQ grill and more.
When designing an outdoor living space, the most important thing to understand is how you intend to use the space.
For example, if you love to cook and entertain, the outdoor living design plans should include kitchen elements, ample seating options and if possible, should extend out into the yard and perhaps updating your concrete patio.
Perhaps you simply love the outdoors and would like to create a more private sanctuary for your outdoor living space. In this case, the design elements might include a fireplace, cozy furniture and privacy structures.
Outdoor living areas can cost anywhere between $3,000-$75,000 and more. This wide range reflects the enormous number of options available when designing an outdoor space.
For $3,000, you might be able to extend your existing concrete patio or perhaps add a pathway into the yard.
For $15,000, you might be able to extend your existing patio and cover it with a custom pergola.
For $30,000, you might be able to have the larger patio and pergola in addition to Travertine tile over the patio, custom built grilling station.
For $50,000-$75,000, you might be able to have the larger patio, pergola, premium patio paving materials, a more extensive outdoor kitchen area complete with sink and refrigerator, extended seating areas, fireplace and other custom stonework.
A covered outdoor living space would most likely be a concrete patio or paver patio which is covered by a pergola or enclosed roof structure. It may also include outdoor furniture, outdoor cooking appliances and more.
An outdoor living space contractor is someone who specializes in creating usable surfaces and structures for the outdoors. Specifically, an outdoor living space contractor should be qualified to create outdoor kitchens, patios, gravel pathways, pergolas, fireplaces, design hardscapes and some even design landscapes.