Outdoor Living Space is a Must-Have Feature of the Future

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Real Estate Agent with Solid Source Realty GA 320764
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Rise of the Outdoor Room.

 

The modern Good Life is lived in outdoor spaces as well as indoors, especially in places with accommodating climates such as La Quinta CA or Atlanta GA. Relaxing, for many people (myself included), conjures images of lounging poolside or porch side with a cool and refreshing drink in one hand and a good book in the other, or gathering with family and friends around an outdoor table for a barbecue or even an elegant twilight dinner. More and more people are shopping for homes with their outdoor options in mind.

 Georgia deck with custom grill

Large home or small, suburban or in-town, people nowadays want  to be able to go outside and play in their own backyard, so to speak -- even if that backyard is a balcony high above a city sidewalk, or a roomy deck outfitted for partying, like this one shown above, in McDonough GA. That’s why I believe the outdoor room will soon be a must-have feature for any new construction home.

 

Beyond the small slab patio.

 

For instance, my idea of the good life includes starting the day with a walk and a swim, and winding it up in the Jacuzzi, perhaps with a view of the sun setting somewhere just beyond the fire pit, or with the moon and stars lighting the night time sky overhead. There is something so peaceful and magical about the warm glow from fire. The flames seem to make everyday gatherings feel that much more special.

 

Weekdays or weekends, I love to have my coffee on the deck and enjoy the fresh air and the early morning sounds of the neighborhood. The patio is where I relax and reflect in the cool of the afternoon, with Bible, binoculars and  bird-watching field guide all close at hand. The outdoor spaces of a property could make or break the deal for me. Even before I had a garden, I grew flowers and herbs in patio pots; but the Good Life includes room to grow, literally. So, there should also be space for exercising green thumbs, or at least enjoying some greenery if desired.

 

Whether it’s a single family residence or a hi-rise condo, modern buyers desire comfortable and well-appointed outdoor spaces.  Every new home should be designed with options for outdoor living spaces beyond the teeny-tiny balcony or the standard single slab patio. Builders that include true outdoor living space as a standard feature add value to their buyers that will set them apart from the pack.

I think every new home floor plan should incorporate outdoor living spaces as standard options, such as a paved entry courtyard, perhaps an interior atrium or romantic and private outdoor patio off the master suite, and  definitely a backyard entertainment room (with or without the water features) -- in other words  more “outside”, with the comforts of “ inside”.

A basic, bare bones outdoor room that has a floor and a roof, and electrical outlets and basic water and gas lines to accommodate an outdoor kitchen should be offered free of charge; but if I were the builder, I would offer a choice of configurations and options for creating  a private oasis retreat with year-round options for the family.

What about you? What is your must-have feature of the future when you dream about your ultimate home sweet home?

 

 

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Bob Crane
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Very nice Elva, your outdoor space sounds like a place that I would love too.

Jun 30, 2014 12:12 PM #1
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Elva Branson-Lee
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I know you would, Bob. We both LOVE outdoors at least as much as indoors, if not more.

 

Jun 30, 2014 11:10 PM #2
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Evelyn Johnston
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You are absolutley right, outdoor living is today living!

Jul 02, 2014 09:57 AM #3
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Jennifer Fivelsdal
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Elva like you the outdoor living space is important to me even though here in the Northeast we have a short season.  This is also an important feature for many buyers today.

Jul 02, 2014 03:37 PM #4
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Great post and you are correct, people want to be able to enjoy their life outdoors!

Jul 12, 2014 08:14 PM #5
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Hi Elva, I like your idea of the good life. 

Sep 02, 2014 12:52 PM #6
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Inna Ivchenko
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CA outdoor spaces became  true extensions of the home, offering all the style, comfort and function of an interior living area. Regardless of the size of your deck or budget, there are ways to create this  desirable room. Placing a nice set of outdoor furniture and some plants make a huge difference.

Aug 23, 2015 04:42 PM #7
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Elva Branson-Lee
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Inna, you are right. CA offers a near-perfect environment to make the most of an outdoor space.

 

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