We love your ideas and visit your blog regularly! We are embarking on an addition. We are wanting to close-in the existing covered back patio and convert it into an informal dining room, and build a new roof over our existing concrete pad to make an outdoor living area. We like to host and want the indoor area to be a place where we can fit family gatherings as well as a serving area for outdoor BBQ’s (as shown by the built-in cabinets/countertop area). The outdoor area we are stumped on; we just want some outdoor sitting/eating areas and more privacy.
For the future outdoor living area, we have a stamped concrete pad, but it is just too out in the open. I’m thinking a more secluded area with half walls & shutters, sitting/eating area, and maybe an outdoor fireplace? I can put the grill somewhere else. We only need access to the west and east to get to the backyard spaces, and we can eliminate the northeast stairs for less traffic patterns if needed. To the west of the stamped concrete pad are two steps to get to the side yard and an 8’ x 8’ pad for a future hot tub, but we changed our minds and don’t think we want to use it for that anymore.
Just use all of the areas as a blank slate, and build it as you would from scratch. We’ll send you before and after pictures when we’re done. Oh, and don’t hold back, tell us what you really think, just pretend we don’t know each other!
- From the ground: Outdoor area rugs.
- From the ceiling: Ceiling fans not randomly placed- but rather carefully placed exactly over your table- and exactly over your sitting area.
- From the walls: Center an outdoor fireplace in the living room section- do things architecturally to define the space. Remember that I said "architecturally"- but you want to do so in a way that includes greenery. A couple ideas are in pictures above- the stone wall- the beautiful trellis. Define your space. This can also be done with large pots.
When you furnish the two areas- shake it up. Finding a "collection" and getting the living and dining room pieces all from the same collection will add a minimum amount of textural variety- and our goal is to add a maximum amount of textural variety and interest.