With the rising popularity of chiminias and outdoor living areas for both summer grilling and relaxation, you may have been considering setting up something like this in your own yard. There are many reasons that these are wonderful gathering areas, from having fun summer parties to just having a very quiet, serene place to relax. With chiminias and other firepit type applications, it is perfectly easy to create an outdoor living space that can be utilized almost all year. Of course in areas where snow and ice are prevalent, this becomes a little more problematic, however, creating an inviting outdoor living space for your yard is always a great addition to your existing landscaping theme.
Some opt for an enclosed space, such as a front or back porch or patio for this- and that is another great way to make use of the space you have and there are many different ways of having an outdoor living space that really works for you. In these cases, simple patio furniture and container plants can make a plain space quite lovely and inviting. Others still yet opt for an open gazebo in a part of their landscaping, which is a wonderful addition to any lawn of good size. With either option, consider swing seats that hang from the ceilings, as well as good ventilation and proper lighting if needed. Both of these make for a great shady place to sit in the summer, and during the autumn and sometimes cooler spring nights, can make for great wind cover for a comfortable breath of fresh air to relax in. Even having decorative benches here and there, dispersed throughout a carefully manicured lawn and property can bring about a greater curb appeal and increase the beauty of your yard.
For an open outdoor living space, consider flat landscaping rock or cobblestone. You can create a beautiful separate deck, away from your home if you like, using both of these that does not look like someone slapped a basketball court in the yard. You can create a classy, elegant design or just a simple deck like area where you can place lawn furniture, firepits or chiminias, and have a wonderfully relaxing or festive area for guests to congregate and enjoy themselves as well. Be sure that the furniture that you use for these unenclosed outdoor areas is weatherproofed and that you have properly sealed the flooring for the best prevention of damage to your work. Consider planting smaller shrubberies and trees to add special finishing touches, or install standing plant hangs for floral container planting. In essence, you are decorating a "room", it is simply for enjoyment of the outdoors.
Using an outdoor living space as a focal point in your landscaping is a great idea. Being able to have something that is both aesthetically pleasing as well as functional often comes together bringing form and function in a mix that makes everyone pleased and enjoying your lawn more so than opting for a more simpler overall design.