Designing for Outdoor Entertaining

Now more than ever, homeowners are acquainting themselves with their home’s outdoor spaces in an endeavor to expand their living space and to enhance their quality of life. Historically, many homeowners opted to de-stress and connect with nature away from home and to entertain family and friends at restaurants and other hospitality venues. However, there has been a significant cultural shift, spurred in part by the COVID-19 pandemic, to relax, entertain and experience nature at home. From water features and fire pits to outdoor kitchens, we will review the nuts and bolts of planning and designing outdoor entertaining spaces.

Step 1: Define Your Budget

To develop your outdoor entertainment space, you will need to establish your budget bucket and determine just how much can fit in it. When determining your budget, think of the investment in terms of the value it brings to both your personal life and that of your home.

According to a recently published report by the National Association of Relators and National Association of Landscape Professionals, homeowners recognize that the expenditures in landscape upgrade, outdoor kitchens and new patios yield a 100% return on investment when a home is listed for sale.