How should I design my outdoor living area?

Beck Outdoor Living

From a beautiful custom designed patio to an outdoor living room, the options are almost unlimited when it comes to designing an outdoor living area. Here are just a few ideas to consider when it comes to your outdoor living area. 

Patio door and windows

In order to help bring your 'outdoor in' it's often a great idea to consider adding large picture windows or large sliding patio doors that can dramatically enhance the view from inside and encourage family and guests to venture outside. Patio doors are key to connecting indoor and outdoor spaces. Large open patio doors make the outdoor area feel more like a natural extension to the home. French patio doors, wider glass sliding doors, and even multi-slide patio doors can open up an entire wall. 

Patio Covers

Patio covers are usually the most traditional area of an outdoor living space. Patio roofs can be designed with any type of roof styles such as a hip roof design, a gable design, a mansard roof design, or even a more standard shed style roof design. Patio roof areas can be detached from the home as a 'freestanding' structure or can be built to tie into and compliments the existing residence design. Either way, the new cover design should be one that matches or compliments the design of your home. Many custom features can be designed and built into the patio design which can include wood, stone, or stucco columns and interior ceiling surface designs such as paneling or stained 1x6 tongue and groove pine. Lighting is also an important part of a patio and can include recessed lights, sconces, floodlights, ceiling fans, and pendants. 


Fireplaces make an exceptional addition to any outdoor living or entertainment area. A fireplace that is designed and built into a patio roof design often serves as an anchor place for that area. The design possibilities for an outdoor fireplace are endless and can include stone or stucco exterior finishes with a built-in space for a TV, fireplace mantle, and other accents. 

Outdoor Kitchens

An outdoor kitchen can be a great place to gather and entertain while cooking and eating food with your family and friends. It provides an opportunity to enjoy being outside in the weather while experiencing the comforts of an indoor space. Although an outdoor kitchen design can be as simple as adding an outdoor BBQ and counter area, the best outdoor kitchen areas are as functional as an indoor kitchen. Outdoor kitchens can include options such as gas or charcoal BBQs, smokers, griddles for frying, sinks, refrigerators, beer taps, and trash & storage areas. Exterior finishes for outdoor kitchen areas can include granite, quartz, or poured in place decorative concrete countertops and stone, stucco, or wood finishes to cover storage areas below. Lighting and entertainment features can also be incorporated in and around the kitchen area. ​

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