One of the perks of living in the South is being able to enjoy your outdoor living spaces nearly year-round! Depending on the type of outdoor space you have, you may actually be able to use it all year long, and in any weather. Extending the indoors to your outdoor living spaces has become even more important for home buyers, and we’re excited any time a client comes to us with great ideas for how they’ll use their outdoor space.
One of the most popular options that our clients look for is the outdoor living room, which can vary widely depending on how you want to use it. Most commonly, we create a covered porch space that includes features like an outdoor fireplace, built-in space and wiring and for an outdoor television, and of course plenty of room for dining and relaxing. Many of our buyers also choose to include options for outdoor cooking, which can range from a simple grilling space to a full-scale kitchen complete with a custom grill, outdoor refrigerator, industrial sink and more.
For additional privacy or to keep out pesky mosquitos, many buyers opt to create a screened porch that can be enjoyed at any time. These screened porches provide additional cover from the elements, and can still include options like a fireplace, television and even a wet bar.
Of course, you can’t talk about outdoor living spaces on homes in the south without talking about the wraparound porch. A spacious front porch that wraps around the home provides a variety of options, from the quintessential rocking chair and porch swing space, to room for a grilling porch off the kitchen.
Outdoor living spaces can also extend beyond the home into the backyard. Firepits are a great feature to add away from the home to create a unique hangout spot. With a custom-built home, you can add a gas line out to the fire pit, or create a more rustic option that requires real wood. Add rough-hewn stumps or comfortable Adirondack chairs for seating, and you have an instant favorite spot for cooler spring or fall evenings.
The ultimate option for outdoor living for many, especially those with children, is the swimming pool and cabana. Swimming pools provide countless hours of fun for the young and young-at-heart, and they’re a great place for lounging or even exercising. A cabana provides additional shade and storage poolside, and can even be outfitted to include a kitchen to make whipping up a quick lunch or frozen concoction a breeze.
If you want to bring the outdoors in, adding folding doors that open to your outdoor living space are a great option. They provide unobstructed views of the great outdoors from inside your home, and when opened, they extend your living space to include the porch. This is the perfect option if you frequently entertain, or just enjoy feeling one with nature!
When building a custom home in Alabama, your imagination is the only limitation to how you can design your outdoor living spaces! Choose from any one of these time-tested options, or come up with your own unique living space that complements the needs and desires of you and your family. Whatever you dream up, the craftsmen at J. Wright Building Company can likely turn it into a reality. Contact us today with your dream outdoor living space ideas, and let’s get started! Call us at 205-820-0100 or visit www.JWrightBuildingCompany.com.
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