Summer is almost here, which means it’s time to come out of hibernation and get together with friends to enjoy each other’s company and the beautiful weather.
Although the convenience of indoor amenities —like air conditioning — may keep some gatherings indoors, a thoughtfully designed outdoor space allows you to combine comfort, functionality, and style to have a space that has both the luxuries of indoor spaces and the beauty and freshness of the outdoors.
The key to any outdoor entertaining area is to create a space which is versatile enough to adapt to not only the weather, but also your entertaining needs. These spaces should serve as a transitional space between your home and your yard: a place where you can find refuge from the harsh summer sun or a quick rain shower, while also breathing the crisp air. While a roof over your entertainment area isn’t a must, it’s so convenient in terms of light and fan fixtures to which there really isn’t a good argument against them.
Having an entirely open air space may not be feasible for some who are either space-constrained or are subject to more fickle seasonal weather. In these cases, transforming existing indoor spaces into hybrid spaces makes a lot of sense. Especially in regards to entertaining, opening up spaces like kitchens can make for easier catering, allow for better flow between the house and the yard, and encourage guests to explore the space.
Bringing your entertaining outdoors no longer means giving up on the luxuries and amenities enjoyed while entertaining indoors. This summer, discover what makes outdoor entertaining great and convenient: create a space for you and your guests to enjoy.