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Making the Most of the Outdoors

Whether you’re buying a new home or designing your own home from the ground up, along with considering the interior it’s also important to consider the exterior. After all, why live in a place like Las Vegas if you’re not going to take advantage of the amazing climate and scenery?

When you design outdoor spaces you can not only improve your quality of life but you can also give your home that all-important square footage booster since you’re expanding the available living space.

In the design world, a lot of focus is being placed on the outdoors and we’re seeing luxury finishes and furnishings being added in places we hadn’t traditionally seen.

Here are some tips for making the most of your outdoor spaces:

  • Make the spaces functional. As well as providing a great area to just relax and unwind, put your outdoor spaces to work. Consider creating a full-scale outdoor kitchen or just a great entertaining area with the essentials like a wine cooler and a bar area. When you’re adding functionality to your outdoor space, don’t do it just for the sake of doing it—think about what will really best suit your lifestyle and what’s going to get the most use.
  • Choose luxury furnishings. Gone are the days when you had to sit on hard plastic chairs to enjoy the outdoors. The options for outdoor-specific furniture, rugs and accessories are nearly as limitless as what’s available in terms of indoor items, and you can get a lot more use from an outdoor living space with really comfortable, beautiful furniture and décor.
  • Go for versatility and comfort. For example, add overhead fans to keep the heat from becoming overwhelming, and add lighting that can be both relaxing and functional so you can spend even more time enjoying the space, even after it’s dark. Some homeowners and designers are even including ambient climate control and features like automatic mosquito and pest control systems to outdoor living areas, providing all the comfort of the indoors.