Winter may be upon us, but it’s never too early to start dreaming of spring. And with spring comes the opportunity to create a new outdoor space that you can use to entertain and relax. The following three factors are things to consider when designing your perfect outdoor space. 

outdoor living space

retractable shade1. Your Goals for the Space

Designing an outdoor area that’s both functional and aesthetically appealing takes a lot of planning. So before diving in headfirst to the backyard project itself, sit back and give it some thought.

Think about how you want to use your outdoor area. Do you do a lot of entertaining, or is your backyard mainly for your family’s enjoyment? What’s not working in your current outdoor space? What have you always dreamed of having in your backyard?

Depending on your answers to questions like these, a different execution plan may be in order. For example, if your current outdoor space lacks enough room for your children to play, then look at how you can free up some space. Perhaps removing a large tree, redesigning your deck, or getting rid of an old shed is the solution.

retractable awning over patio2. The Surrounding Area

Here in Ontario, you’ll likely want to take advantage of the warm weather when you can. That’s why it’s important to consider the direction to orient your space.

If your backyard is facing to the north, you’ll be receiving plenty of sunshine. However, you’ll also likely need some shelter when the sun’s UV rays are too strong. Installing a permanent or retractable awning is a great way to enjoy time outdoors in the sun while staying protected.

If facing towards the south, your outdoor area will be darker and cooler. Using a retractable awning in this backyard orientation is a great way to maximize the light and warmth when it’s available.

The sun can often be too harsh for backyards that orient east or west, making time outdoors difficult. In these situations, retractable awnings are suitable since they can be retracted when needed to block out a low rising or setting sun.

retractable screens with a view

3. The Weather and Environment

The best outdoor areas act as extensions of indoor spaces – even in rainy or windy conditions.

Investing in retractable shades and screens can allow you to enjoy the outdoors without the discomforts of insects and bad weather. Retractable screens are great in large areas such as patios, gazebos, and sunrooms. They provide comfort, privacy, and security without obstructing your view.

If you already have an existing porch or patio, another option is to convert this area into a screened room. Made to fit your existing space perfectly, screened rooms offer maximum visibility, fresh air, and protection from the environment.

The Bottom Line

Redesigning your backyard space is an investment, so it pays to do it right. Considering the above three factors can help you create a space that you’ll love for years to come.

Contact our team for more ideas to keep in mind when creating your outdoor space.