Outdoor Living… Changing Styles
Outdoor furniture has gone through a revolution in the past few years. Outdated is the PVC furniture and vinyl strap seating. Frosted glass patio tabletops now have a certain “retro” look. Not only has outdoor furniture changed in the past several years, outdoor spaces have evolved beyond dining patios and poolside lounging areas. Welcome are seating arrangements that are not just designed for outside dining, but outside living. Many popular outdoor furnishings include sofas, oversized chairs, end tables and cocktail tables designed for comfort and relaxation. Add large potted plants, accent pillows, area rugs, and outdoor lighting and a patio suddenly becomes a true outdoor living area.
At Woodridge Custom Builders LLC, helping a customer design and build a custom home doesn’t end with the house and the interior elements. The outside of the home, its courtyards, patios, yard and landscape are all design elements that pull the custom home project together in the end. It is important to know how an outdoor space will be used. Will the family primarily use the space for private family gatherings? Will the patio be used to host barbecues and neighborhood gatherings? How much dining area will be necessary for its intended purpose? Is there an area where a luxurious seating arrangement can be established, covered and protected from the harsh Arizona sun and elements? There are many other questions to ask regarding patio lighting, ceiling fans, music systems, and camera systems over the pool area, for example. Whatever a custom home buyer selects for their patio, courtyard, backyard or outdoor living space, planning for the space is best done during the house plan and home design stage. How wide should a patio extend from the house? Should it be completely covered, or should some of the patio extend past the roofline of the house? These are all questions a custom home buyer might ask in the planning phase of their custom home.
Decisions made in the floor plan stage of a custom home truly pay off in the end. Enjoying the family pool, lounging on an outdoor sofa, sitting back appreciating a mountain view, or sitting quietly reading the newspaper with a morning cup of joe; planning pays off.
In the first set of photos, this custom home owner designed the back yard with kids in mind. The pool area is great for pool parties. The trampoline in the back of the yard has been built into the ground to minimize fall injuries. Most fall injuries occur from falling from one level to another, in this case the trampoline is flush with the ground. The yard is large enough for activities so when the kids are not in the pool, or on the trampoline, setting up the lacrosse cage for a little one-on-one, or a game of volleyball are always other options.