Maximize Outdoor Living Space in Your New Home

You’re building a new home. You’ve spent a lot of time thinking about design, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the height of the ceilings, the layout of the common living areas, and much more. Paint colors and flooring materials. You’ve picked out light fixtures and sink faucets. You’ve ensured enough space for your family to be comfortable, whether awake or asleep.

But how about the outside of your home? Your outdoor living space. If you’re the type of person – or family or couple – that enjoys spending time outdoors in the fresh air, maximizing the outdoor living space in your new home can be just as important as ensuring you have a kitchen suited to your cooking and dining needs.

Thanks to Covid 19, the outdoor living room concept has become more and more popular these last few years. During the time we were forced to meet friends outside, we began to recognize that functional and attractive outdoor living spaces had become essential to our lives, and more and more builders are seeing requests for spaces that function as a sort of home outside a home, where gathering with others is a treat, especially in the warmer months.

Of course, we also want outdoor spaces that add value to our home. So, if you’re about to build a new house, it’s time to chat with your builder about the best options for your outdoor area.

Outdoor Living kitchens

Many homeowners looking for complete outdoor living opt for an outdoor kitchen. This doesn’t have to be large. You can do it with a fairly compact space or tuck it in the corner of your yard or patio. However, if you’re going all out, you can include a cooking surface (gas or electric fireplace), a sink, a small refrigerator, a pizza oven, and more.

The purpose of an outdoor kitchen is many-fold. Still, the best reason to include one in your outdoor space is so that you – the host – can remain outside among your guests throughout your party or gathering, eliminating the need to go back and forth to the indoor kitchen to cook or for supplies.

Outdoor Living Seating areas

Regardless of the size of your backyard, if you’re the type who enjoys outdoor living, you’ll no doubt want to set aside an area for seating and/or dining. You’ll also want to think about this as you’re drawing up the plans for your new home, especially if you seek a large area for seating.

Hardscape materials – stone, brick, etc. – will likely be what’s present in the seating area so that tables and chairs can stay firmly in place. If you live alone and don’t entertain much, you might only want a small 12×12 space for your chair and a small table. Still, if you enjoy having friends and family over, you’ll need to consider a seating area that accommodates a dining table, perhaps lounge chairs, and maybe even a firepit.

Outdoor Activity Space

As you consider the blueprints for your new home, consider how much space you’ll need for outdoor activities. Will you want to build a pool eventually? If so, you’ll need to configure other outdoor needs around that area. Maybe you would like a stone slab on which you can place a hot tub. Or if you have kids who are super-active in sports, a basketball or tennis court might be part of the plan.

While you don’t have to do all this at once, it’s best to consider what you might want to add to configure your outdoor space properly.

A garden spot

Many homeowners enjoy gardening. Whether you grow flowers, vegetables, or perhaps herbs, you’ll want to remember to find a proper spot for your garden. Talk to your architect or builder about choosing a location that benefits the garden, with a mixture of sunshine and shade that will allow your plants to flourish throughout the season. Make sure it’s convenient to the house but not too close to the entertaining spaces. You don’t want your plants to be trampled or bees or insects from the garden to annoy guests while they’re visiting.

Water features

Finally, consider a soothing water feature that will enhance your outdoor time. This could be anything from a small fountain to a pond or something that holds aquatic plants. Include subtle lighting to add even more character and ambiance. And if you live in a climate where it gets really cold in the winter, try to build something that still looks attractive and is practical during the chilly months.


Planning the process for your outdoor spaces is essential. If you have ideas about how you’d like that area to look and function, share them with your architect and builder BEFORE the construction commences. They can help you plan the best way to achieve your outdoor goals.

For more information about building your next custom home, contact F.M. Construction at 604-880-4081.