Home Additions and More: Bring Your Home Outdoors with an Outdoor Room

Thinking of extending your living area to the outdoors? You’d be delighted to know that you have more options other than just a basic deck or patio. With the help of a good contractor, a multifunctional outdoor room is within your reach. Whether you have a big lawn or just enough space to accommodate the addition, you can get started on this dream project with these suggestions:

Complement your home’s existing style

Keep your home’s design in mind when planning for an outdoor room. You want your addition to blend seamlessly with your home’s architectural and color scheme to make it feel like a true extension of your home.

Consider the landscape

The layout of the area where you intend to build your outdoor room plays a huge role in the type of structure you can build. For instance, you’ll have more options for the structural materials if the area is flat. If you live in a sloping area, then your outdoor room will likely be made of wood, or you can go for the alternative although more expensive option of building a concrete structure on a slope.

Know its purpose

An additional outdoor room can serve one or more purposes. You can turn it into an extra living room, dining room, and kitchen—practically anything you can think of. By knowing its purpose, you’ll be able to plan its critical components that will help maximize its impact on your day-to-day activities.


Well-chosen features can help enhance your home addition and make it a more enjoyable place to be in. Experiment with lighting, plants, and furniture placement to see how you can improve the space. Of course, it helps to visualize how your home addition should look when it’s finished so you can have a good idea of the best accessories to put in it.

Extending Your Living Space Outdoors, howstuffworks.com
Budget-Friendly Ideas for Outdoor Rooms,bhg.com


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About valleyhomeimprv

Steve Silverman is Cape Cod native with a BA in psychology from Bates College. He moved to the Pioneer Valley in 2004 and became a VP with VHI a year later, then bought the 20 employee company in 2013. He and his wife and two teenagers have a farm in Southampton where he spends time growing food and learning new ways to live in harmony with the land.

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