Creating outdoor living spaces requires outdoor design. Obviously outdoor furniture will be a central element to enjoy the spaces with your family and friends. The outdoor furniture you plan to use is a great starting point for planning your outdoor living space(s). Knowing what type of furniture and activities you plan on using will drive the new spaces design. Obviously it will affect size but also shapes and transitions. Form should always follow function.
When we begin the design process for a screen room, paver patio, deck or any of our projects we start by asking about use. I like to understand what rooms they wish to have in the new outdoor spaces. Most want an area to dine and to cook, some want a family room, many want a space for a fire pit or fireplace, some want spaces for hot tubs, and many have other ideas for outdoor spaces. Often getting this conversation started is difficult. Most people have not thought about their backyard in this way. Asking about the outdoor furniture that they plan to use gets the conversation started. Most home owners want to include a grill and a table for dinning. Beyond these two staples each home owner adds those elements that create their unique outdoor space.
The base for creating outdoor design always flows from the functional needs. Once we know the basic spaces that the homeowner wants to have we begin blocking out the project. When we apply the aesthetic tastes of the client the design takes a more exact shape and form.