Outdoor Living

Outdoor Living Ideas for Every Yard

Open air outdoor rooms are easily pared down and more casual versions of what is going on indoors, may explain why many of us are drawn to that more relaxing, uncluttered spaces outside. On the off chance that your bank accounts permit it, a professional landscape design business like Landscape Pros in Manassas, VA can help you plan, design, and create an outdoor living space that looks as good—if not better—than your current living room. Regardless of whether it’s the job of a professional expert or a design-it-yourself project idea, you must first evaluate your yard and think about what you’re doing before you go out to purchase cushion pillows and other patio pouf.

An outdoor living space is an excellent investment for your home for several reasons.  Outdoor spaces around the home give you an opportunity to get as much use as possible out of your entire landscaped property. Outdoor Living spaces allow You and your guests to spend time together in your outdoor space, whether you prepare and enjoy evening dinners in an outdoor kitchen or just spend time to unwind under a custom-built pergola. No matter what you envision for your outdoor living space, Landscape Pros is the perfect landscape design company to work with.

When we build an outdoor living space, you will gain an appreciation for the time you spend outdoors. We will help you design the kind of outdoor living space you dream about and improve it with unique features and gorgeous designs. You can count on us to provide more value to your Virginia home with our outdoor living designs and installation services.

On hot humid summer days when you do not want to be directly in Virginia’s blazing sun’s path, our experts can design and install a simple sun sail shade, pergola, or add a pavilion to your deck or patio.  Adding a freestanding structure, somewhere in your yard, will make it easy to find some shade.

Simple Sun Sail Shade
Patio Pergola

If you’re looking for a larger decorative addition to your deck or patio, consider a custom pergola. These columned structures will add an exciting element to your porch and can be used to add vertical growing vines or colorful flowers. Trellises are other elaborate structures or arches that are ideal for entrances or other areas of your landscaping that you might want to highlight. These arches can stand alone, and they can be covered in beautiful vines and flowers for summer long enjoyment.

At Landscape Pros, we design and build a wide range of arbors, pergolas, and other outside living structures like “pavilions” one of our favorites we design and build for homeowners in Virginia and the surrounding areas. Our team looks forward to helping you come up with a stylish and ornate way to decorate or shade your yard with a new outdoor living space.  Give us a call @ 571-535-8622 today.

Beautiful Wooden Pavilion
Beautiful Wooden Pavilion

No matter what type of outdoor living space or project you might have, Landscape Pros can help you design and install “Big or Small” as we have done them all.  Here are a few outdoor living suggestions you might want to consider.

What to Consider?

The incredible thing about an outdoor room or space is that it is a place for relaxation that puts you in arm’s reach of nature: shrubs, bushes, trees, scented blossoms, water highlights and open-air adornments. However, you can’t simply thud a settee and outside table haphazardly in the yard and declare it your new “open air living room”.

  • Goals: What do you want in your outdoor living room? Maybe a peaceful refuge, a place to entertain, for privacy or to enjoy your garden?
  • Budget: A well-designed outdoor living space with carefully chosen vintage and repurposed furnishings can look just as good as a room with an unlimited budget. 
  • Location: Is the outdoor room convenient to the house, for quick trips to the kitchen or bathroom?
  • Size: Does the outdoor room take up the whole yard? Is there space for other activities for other household members, i.e., children’s play equipment, an outdoor grill, dining area, or a small herb garden?
  • Shape: While a rectangular shape makes sense, look at the lay of the land in your yards landscape. If it is long and narrow, maybe a diagonal furniture placement or square room would mix things up a bit.
  • Continuity: If your house is contemporary, continue the same or similar materials and architectural features with your outdoor room. Use similar colors and materials as indoors, only more casual. You do not want to have a Victorian Tea Garden setup that will look out of character with your new modern two-story home.

Here are 5 creative outdoor living rooms that have at least one thing in common: they all are spaces in which you want to kick back and enjoy a drink and good company.

Horizontal Emphasis

Horizontal Outdoor Designs
Horizontal Outdoor Designs

Horizontal, low-slung outdoor furniture echoes the lines of this modern Virginia house with a flat patio roof, which offers shelter from the hot sun. Paver tiles make a great area to lounge in comfort.  Water features carry out those lines in the concrete fountain, with Equisetum hyemale (commonly known as horsetail) and is a perennial herb that adds a dramatic backdrop. Its thin, vertical lines make horsetail a popular plant in modern landscape design and grows in wet ground or water features.

Privacy Curtains

Pergola Privacy Curtains
Outdoor Pergola Privacy Curtains

Simple white outdoor curtains soften this outdoor room under a wood pergola and give the homeowners the option of providing privacy from all sides of the structure.  Marbled patio tile, throw pillow furniture, and nice rug helps to de-emphasize the long, rectangular shape of this outdoor space.

Master Bedroom Escapes

Master Bedroom Escapes
Master Bedroom Escapes

Simple elegance highlights this Victorian remodel design features a spacious private patio backyard deck that connects with other rooms on the ground level.

D.C. Dwelling

Backyard Oasis
D.C. Outdoor Oasis

Who ever said D.C. does not have spaces that scream relaxation?  A few miles from the uproar in Washington, D.C. is this backyard oasis design that gives its homeowners a chance to relax and enjoy their outdoor space in private. Long resin-wicker sofas provide seating for all guests, and nice touches like iron lanterns, an outdoor fireplace and coordinated pillows tie everything together. 

Maryland All-Season Room

Landscape Pros loves this design that converts into an all-season room. Accordion retractable screens provide a great flexible space for entertaining and the open design is a natural gathering outdoor space for the family.

Longview Estate

outdoor garden area
Outdoor Garden Area

This Bethesda, Maryland home’s elegance is reflected in its simple outdoor garden area.  Custom patio pavers, walkway stones, and simple outdoor furniture add to the private bliss this design offers.  With just a few materials and your favorite outdoor furniture Landscape Pros designer can help you create a peaceful escape in your backyard.

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