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May 14, 2024

Inspiration For Designing The Perfect Outdoor Space

Outdoor living spaces are so hot right now! Private outdoor spaces have been at the top of our homebuyers' priority list for years, especially ones that are just as private, beautiful, and comfortable as their interior counterparts. 

Fun and functional outdoor design is a trend we love — especially as the summer arrives! There’s nothing like having a comfortable space to take in the sun's rays or for hosting get-togethers. At Ernest Homes, you’ll be able to enjoy outdoor spaces that add the perfect touch to your home. 

Imagine quiet candlelight dinners and boisterous brunches, last-minute potlucks and kid-friendly cookouts… all perfectly hosted in your Ernest outdoor space. Here are some ideas to get you inspired!

Blending the Indoors and Outdoors

The best outdoor spaces offer a near-seamless transition from indoors to out. Ernest homes have large glass doors (French and sliding) and expansive windows offering uninterrupted views from the home's interior to the outside. 

Creating A Cohesive Look

As you look at your outdoor space from the living room or kitchen, consider the connection between the indoor and outdoor rooms. You might coordinate colors through textile selection (seat cushions, pillows, rugs). Outdoor-friendly fabrics come in amazing varieties!

Do you have a certain mood you want to evoke? Find furniture and accessories that fit your vision. For example, if you are going with a neutral theme, incorporate natural textures — like terracotta pots and planters or kilim pillows and rugs in earth-toned colors. Raffia furniture gives the space a cozy look and feel.

Protection from the Elements

Since you're creating a fantastic space to enjoy all the seasons, there's no reason to let the elements rain on your parade. A covered patio or porch can offer solid protection from harsh sun, rain, or wind. Incorporate a ceiling fan, screens, and sun shades to keep the space cool. Who said you can't have the best of all worlds?

Ample Seating

As you create your outdoor living space, make sure it is large enough to accommodate people comfortably. That means having a dining and conversation space — or one large dining table with benches and chairs where everyone can share a meal and hang out. If you have enough room, go for a comfy couch, large swing or glider. Embrace outdoor furniture that is comfortable and stylish. 

Try Porch Gardening 

Imagine a carefree kitchen garden or an eye-catching floral tapestry on your back deck. Grow veggies & herbs with vertical gardening techniques that are easy to care for and harvest. Create colorful container gardens with unique pots and interesting combinations of annuals, perennials, and shrubs. 

An Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens are a great idea so that you can take full advantage of all four seasons. With a grill, counter space, seating, and even a fridge, gatherings large and small will make you feel like you live in a resort. When designing your outdoor kitchen, choose durable, weather-resistant materials like stone, stainless steel, high-density polyethylene (HDPE), or even teak. 

Go Bold with Lighting

Lighting is key to creating a dramatic outdoor space. The warm glow of a pretty outdoor chandelier or pendant creates ambiance for entertaining or simply lounging. If a porch fan is a must, you can incorporate string lights instead, or install a corner-mounted fan to allow space for a central lighting fixture

Built-In Entertainment

Whether you feel like watching the big game while cooking out or want outdoor movie night to be as smooth as possible, you can opt for a mounted flat-screen TV and even surround sound in your outdoor space. Never choose between being fully connected or relaxing outdoors again.

When it's time to create your own outdoor living space, don't feel limited by convention. When you choose a new Ernest home in Savannah, you truly can create a home — and outdoor space — that takes your life to the next level. Browse our floor plans and contact us with any questions.

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