Outdoor living structures are a lot like potato chips, you can arguably agree that just like America’s favorite snack, it is difficult to stop at just one!
—Outdoor living structures are a lot like potato chips: it is difficult to stop at just one!
There is no denying the appeal of what is now referred to as the outdoor living space combination. An outdoor living space combination marries the function, and aesthetic elements of two or more outdoor structures to allow them to function as one large space. You may also see these versatile spaces referred to as “outdoor living rooms” throughout the media. Archadeck of Southwest Houston has watched the popularity of this type of outdoor living environment soar to new heights recently, as SW Houston-area homeowners have evolved to transferring the assets seen in interior casual living outdoors.
To try to grasp the concept itself, you only need to step into your home and consider the parts of your home you turn to for relaxing ( the living or family room, of course), entertaining ( the dining room, most likely) and other recreational activities you enjoy ( the living room, fireplace, kitchen or playroom.) Now simply, take those areas and think about moving that function outside, and marrying it to provide multiple functions and voilà… you have mastered the concept behind the appeal of the outdoor living combination space!
Decks are the epitome of outdoor living spaces. They are as American as apple pie, and most homeowners begin their outdoor living combinations from the deck and branch out. Decks complement almost every outdoor living structure, from pergolas to patios, decks afford the accompaniment beautifully. Patios in particular, look and function the part when used in a deck and patio combination. This is due to the natural flow created when a deck gently descends into a patio. It opens up and extends your outdoor living space, along with enhancing it.
There are more factors at work here than just the added space a deck and patio provide, much more. Decks are generally built from wood or a natural looking “wood toned” synthetics, whereas patios are built from pavers, scored and stained concrete, stone or hardscape materials that emulate the look and feel of stone. Wood and stone are elements that flow well together. Even in nature, if you look closely you may catch the beauty of a babbling brook laden with stones and hardwoods weeping gently over the bank. Wood and stone just naturally look great when fused together in any setting!
Now it is time to consider adding the convenience of shade to the outdoor living combination space equation…
Deciding on a patio and/or deck alongside a covered outdoor structure is for the Houston homeowner that wants to “have their cake and eat it too.” Decks and patios offer open-air outdoor living which are easily complemented by retaining walls, pergolas, spas and even outdoor fire pits.. The only drawback to an open-air outdoor living space singularly is that in some circumstances, the weather can influence its functionality.
By combining an open (covered) area with a patio or deck, you and your family will have a haven to retreat to when the weather becomes unfavorable, and a shady spot to enjoy on even the most humid of days. Houston covered patios and porches can be designed to include a large menu of creature comforts such as ceiling fans, lighting, outdoor kitchens, integrated fireplaces and media connections to add even more comfort.