Outdoor living spaces have been revolutionized as a result of technology. Outdoor spaces have been utilized in a multitude of ways including kitchens, fireplaces, entertainment areas, and dining spaces. Revamping your outdoor living space will make your house the hot spot of the neighborhood. Adding a kitchen or dining space is a great way to bring the family together for meals. A TV or fire pit will offer everyone a place to gather over during the warmer months so they are not cooped up inside.
Outdoor Kitchen Space
Love cooking outside for the family? Redesign your backyard with a kitchen! Many modern outdoor living spaces include a small refrigerator, a stove top or range, grill, sink and sometimes even an oven. Stainless steel appliances are normally used outdoors due to their durability and sleek elegant look. Stone or brick is commonly used to create a rustic yet contrasting look with the stainless steel appliances. The appliances can be integrated into the stone to create a more outdoorsy look. Lighting can be worked into the kitchen space so that it can still be used when the sun goes down.
Outdoor Living Space with a TV
Backyards have evolved with the inclusion of televisions and many more similar electronics. There are many ways to make a television work outdoors, though it is important to install it in an enclosed space to protect from the weather. The key to a sleek space with an electronic entertainment system is a wire-free look. Some outdoor spaces place their TV over a fireplace or in an area covered by a roof. Other TVs are placed in tv cabinets to protect it from the elements. Adding a television to your outdoor living area will make your house the summer hangout spot.
Outdoor Dining Space
Many elements of indoors have been seen outside so why not bring a dining space? Outdoor living spaces can include a bar area with bar-style seating or a long dining table with chairs for Sunday dinner. With a variety of materials, styles, and space the outdoor dining room is endlessly customizable. The outdoor dining room is perfect for neighborhood BBQs or a family party. Patio lighting such as Edison bulbs or lamp posts will be useful for night time adventures at the outdoor bar or sitting at the island.
Outdoor Fireplace and Fire pit
Fire pits have been a centerpiece in outdoor living spaces for decades. Technology has transformed the traditional fireplace into an artistic mainstay of many backyards. Fireplaces have even migrated to the outdoors, used as a backdrop below a TV similar to indoors. Fire pits are now more “fire fixtures” which means they are not necessarily a pit. They can be seen as long or small tables with a coal tray in the center. They help to add to the natural light of the patio. These fixtures can be used as a centerpiece in an outdoor living area surrounded by chairs and couches for friends and family. Just check your local building codes to verify fire-safety and placement rules regarding outdoor fireplaces and fire pits before you invest in one.
We recommend you seek help from a professional before embarking on an outdoor living space renovation. Contact us at Electrical Plus for a free estimate to assist with any of your renovation needs!