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Outdoor Living Spaces; Which Type is Right for You?

Was your last family gathering too crowded?  Do you long to spend more time in that beautiful backyard enjoying fresh air?  It may be time to finally extend your living space with an Outdoor Living Space. 

What Outdoor Space is Right for You?

By Rob Mortell, Marketing Coordinator 

Incorporating a deck, a screened porch, or a 3-season room onto your existing home are perfect ways to create more space and enjoy each of the seasons more fully.  Incorporating an Outdoor Living Space can add a variety of new functional living areas to your home. You can have more space for entertaining, you can create a private outdoor retreat to escape and relax, or you can simply have a new access to enjoy the already great view right in your own backyard. The first thing you will have to decide is what type of Outdoor Living Space is right for you.

The simplest of all outdoor raised living spaces is a wood deck. Most decks are generally constructed with cedar stained decking, although a more recently popular material is composite decking. Most people want a deck that is multipurpose, with space for gathering friends and family as well as an area for grilling and entertaining. The sky is the limit for features on a deck. Depending on your budget you can add a television or sound system, fireplace or fire pit, a hot tub, or an extensive outdoor kitchen. Composite materials are more costly than wood, but have become extremely popular due to the immensely reduced maintenance which typically can recoup the upfront cost over time. The versatility and economic advantages make decks an extremely popular option for extending your living space.

This beautifully designed composite deck for a client in South Barrington is a great example of how multifunctional decks can be. With ample space for relaxing with family, a nice spot for grilling, and a fire pit large enough to include everyone, this deck is perfect for hosting social events or spending time with the family.

If you wish to enjoy an outdoor space nearly year round, a screened porch is a great option to consider.  An enclosed space that is built on a deck foundation, screened porches are covered and are almost always found on the first floor of homes. The most economically friendly of the enclosed spaces, screened porches allow you to enjoy the fresh air while saving you from bugs and bad weather.

A Three-Season Room is an enclosed space that can typically be used from spring through fall (3 Seasons!). Well worth the larger investment than a screen porch or deck, a Three-Season Room can be used the longest throughout the year. Light weight, adjustable plexi-glass windows let you use the room in cooler seasons and can be opened up in warmer months to screens that let that summer breeze in, but keep bugs out. Unlike an addition, these rooms are typically not insulated and are usually built on a pier foundation that is similar to a screen porch. High ceilings help keep your outdoor space cool, and also make for an aesthetic appeal. Consider adding radiant heat to make your Three-Season space nearly four season’s long!

Check out this amazing 3-season room in Gilberts, IL:

When Bill and Jackie Fox decided it was time for a 3 Season room, they worked with Todd Jurs at Advance Design Studio to make their back yard dream come true.  Situated on an acre lot, the Fox’s wanted to enjoy their yard year round, get away from the mosquitoes, and enhance their home’s living space with an indoor/outdoor space the whole family could enjoy.

“Todd and his team at Advance Design Studio did an outstanding job meeting my needs.  Todd did an excellent job helping us determine what we needed and how to design the space,” says Bill.

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Fireplaces, lighting, fans, televisions and electronics can be easily incorporated in all Outdoor Living Spaces. Talk to one of our designers to create the Outdoor Living Space of your dreams! It’s time to get the most out all the year’s seasons by adding a new deck, screen porch or 3-seasons room.

 

 

 

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